Workshop of Banfora

Kouyaté A.M., 2013. Report of the last Workshop held in Banfora.

From 10 to 13 April 2013, was held the annual meeting of QualiTree in Banfora to the West of Burkina Faso. The organization of this meeting was previously expected to be held in Segou (Mali). It was relocated to Burkina Faso because the socio-political crisis in Mali. The meeting was organized by the QualiTree team from IER Sikasso and brought together 27 participants (12 researchers, 4 supervisors, 2 master students, 6 PhD students, 2 support staff, an accountant) from Mali, Burkina Faso and Denmark.

Dr Anne Mette LYKKE, the principal Coordinator of QualiTree project reminded the administrative and financial aspects of the project and informed the participant about the new measures from DANIDA.

The workshop has received 14 communications, including 6 on the work package progress and 7 on the students work progress. One training module was provided by Phytofla on the extraction techniques and conditioning of Carapa procera oil in Burkina Faso.

The research topics addressed by the students are:

- Characterization of the value chain of Carapa procera oil in Mali: from forest to market, by Urban DEMBELE, PhD student, Institute of Rural Economy, mali

- Socio-economic analysis of the use of native oil tree by local people in the region of Hauts Bassin (Burkina Faso), by Presenter: Fanta TIETIAMBOU, MMsC student, University of Ouagadougou

- Ethnobotanical and morphological study of Carapa procera fruits, by Méminata DIAKITE, PhD student, University of Bamako;

- Physico-chemical characterization and chemical composition of seeds and oil seeds from Burkina Faso,  by Patrice BAZONGO, PhD student, University of Ouagadougou;

- Availability and fruit production potential of three oil tree species in the Sudano-Sahelian zone of Burkina Faso,  by Beatrice TINGUERI, PhD student, University of Ouagadougou

- Woody species dynamic facing agriculture, bush fire and grazing in the Department of Mangodara: the case of oil trees by Moussa Sawadogo, MsC student, University of Ouagadougou

- Ecological characteristics of six native oil tree species to the west of Burkina Faso, by Benjamin Lankoandé, PhD student, University of Ouagadougou.


works to improve sustainable use of local tree species for fair-trade production of oils for food and cosmetics in Mali and Burkina Faso through a collaboration between researchers, private industries and local communities.

Financed by Danida.