Burkina Faso

Through a Food for Progress program, IRD is monetizing wheat and vegetable oil and using the proceeds to enhance the value chain and market competitiveness of fonio and sesame. The program will increase farm production and productivity, improve processing and transformation opportunities through the introduction of appropriate technologies, and provide management training and organizational capacity building to farmers’ organizations, women’s groups, and small scale-businesses. The Peace through Development II (PDev II) program works directly with vulnerable young men and women to empower youth, promote moderate voices, and strengthen civil society and local government. The program is countering threats from violent extremist groups, recruitment by radical institutions, and illicit activities – threats exacerbated by poor economic conditions, corruption, waning pastoral livelihoods, and a growing sentiment that Islam is threatened.


Advancing Animal Assets for Malian Refugees

Since early 2012 thousands of people have fled armed rebels fighting the government... more

Enhancing the Value Chain Competitiveness of Sesame and Fonio in Mali and Burkina Faso

IRD is using proceeds from monetization of wheat, vegetable oil, and rice to enhanc... more

Peace through Development

The Sahel region of West Africa is increasingly threatened by violent extremist gro... more

Success Stories

Young Leaders Promote Political Tolerance in Northern Burkina Faso

Aribinda is a small town located in the remote Sahel region of Burkina F... more

Burkinabe Youth promote Religious Tolerance

IRD’s Peace through Development project (PDevII) supports youth mobiliza... more

Local Heroes Lead the Way in Niger

One of the main objectives of the Peace through Development (PDev II) progr... more

Chadian Youth Fight Drug Abuse

Young people in the Sahel face critical economic and social challenges. Som... more

Burkinabe Youth Tackle Social Challenges through Cinema

The Peace through Development (PDev II) program uses the social communicati... more

Religious Leaders Building Peace in West Africa

To counter the appeals of radical religious groups in West Africa, the USAI... more

Giving Youth a Voice in Their Future in West Africa and the Sahel

In most African countries, young people are given little voice in the decis... more

Using Radio to Effect Change in Chad and Niger

The USAID Peace through Development II (PDev II) program promotes open dial... more