This report is about the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) by Burkina Faso, and tries to assess if it was a simple means of refreshing the country’s agricultural policies or a starting point towards a new rural development policy. Burkina Faso is often praised for its agricultural performance and its capacity to mitigate ecological constraints thanks to the strong commitment of its ruling elite to promote progressive agricultural policies and reforms, as shown in the cotton sector. In this context, Burkina Faso seems to have favourably received the CAADP process. Therefore, one could expect its quick implementation, showing the commitment of the national leadership in favour of this process likely to bring a technical ‘added value’. Despite the commitments taken in 2003 by its head of state in Maputo, however, Burkina Faso could only launch the process four years later.
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