WHERE : Burkina Faso

There is a significant market for local poultry in Burkina Faso, and it is growing. It is estimated that demand for local chickens will increase by 1,400 tons per year over the next 10 years. Yet, smallholder poultry farms are not equipped to respond to this demand, and the local poultry value chain does not deliver the services to jumpstart this market. The country also struggles with high malnutrition and frequent illness among children, while women, the primary caregivers, are constrained by social and economic norms that limit their access to resources and income opportunities.

Market Solution

Soutenir l’Exploitation Famaliales pour Lancer l’Elevage des Volailles et Valoriser l’Economie Rurale (SELEVER) is a five-year Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded program designed to improve the nutritional status of women and children in rural Burkina Faso by strengthening women’s economic empowerment through increased poultry production. SELEVER takes a learning approach to demonstrate market potential, foster win-win partnerships, and buy down risks associated with adoption of new poultry practices. SELEVER partners with local organizations, microfinance institutions, and the government to facilitate systemic change in the poultry sector by helping female poultry producers access key services, including feed, vaccinations, and finance. The objective is to reduce mortality and increase flock size, thereby increasing revenue and improving household nutritional status.

SELEVER also works at the community level to raise awareness and change social norms about entrepreneurship opportunities for women throughout the poultry value chain. We target activities toward women, while also engaging men, to improve women’s positions in the household and ownership over income from poultry. SELEVER will demonstrate that when women are empowered, they can obtain a sufficient quality and quantity of diverse foods for their households and improve nutritional outcomes.




Burkina Faso

Market Impact

  • Reach 30,000 poultry producers, equipping them to decrease poultry mortality and increase their incomes
  • Increase poultry producers’ access to poultry value chain services, including finance
  • Strengthen value chain actors, such as MFIs and village vaccinators, to provide services to poultry producers
  • Increase women and children’s dietary diversity
  • Increase women’s empowerment and participation in the local poultry value chain