Burkina Faso
3.5.1 Burkina Faso Food Suppliers


In Burkina Faso, the food availability comes mainly from the national production but a significant increase of importation of rice has been observed. The main dry cereals produced and consumed in country are sorghum, millet, and maize. In general, the country is self-sufficient in sorghum and millet then produces a surplus in maize. However, the country has to import most of what it consumes in terms of wheat and wheat flour, palm oil and sugar.

Then, the national market is organized as follows: the production and trade of local products are done almost entirely by small producers and wholesalers then the trade in imported products (especially rice) is carried out in bulk by large companies with the capacity to make purchases on international markets.

Additional information can be located from sources which are regularly maintained and reflect current facts and figures. For more specific and detailed overviews of food availability and market conditions, please consult the following sources:

WFP Vulnerability and Analysis Mapping (VAM): https://dataviz.vam.wfp.org/

USAID Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET): https://fews.net/west-africa/burkina-faso

Réseau des Systèmes d’Information des Marchés en Afrique de l’Ouest : https://www.inter-reseaux.org/

For more information on food supplier contact details, please see the following link: 4.10 Supplier Contact List.

Retail Sector

The supermarket sector is mainly controlled by Lebanese traders who import international brands with stores in Ouagadougou or Bobo Dioulasso (Marina Market, Liza Market…) and also by local companies who have retail food chain across the country (Alimentation Le Bon Samaritain, Les Bons Amis…). Otherwise, the food retail sector is dominated by local market with stands (fruit, vegetables…) small general store and street vendors offering same category of product but with a limited range of choice.

Types of Retailers Available

Type of Retailer


Supermarket – concentrates mainly in supplying a range of food, beverage, cleaning and sanitation products; have significant purchasing power; are often part of national/regional/global chains.


Convenience Store/Mini Market – medium sized shop; offers a more limited range of products than supermarkets; usually has good/stable purchasing power; may be part of chain or cooperative.


Permanent shop with strong supply capacity individually/family-owned store; usually offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; good storage and reliable supply options.


Permanent shop with limited supply capacity individually/family-owned store; offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; limited storage and unstable supply options.


Mobile Shop/Market Stand individually/family-owned store; usually offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; may be found at outdoor markets, camps, or unstable environments.



Wholesalers are mainly located in the major towns and manage either the storage and /or the packaging of the food collected from the producers (sorghum, millet, maize…). Once completed, the food is ready to sell within the local market.
Regarding the rice market, this sector is mainly controlled by large wholesalers with a financial capacity to trade within the international market. In addition, prices for imported products are often determined based on negotiations between private companies and the government.

Primary Goods / Commodities Available

Commodities by Type**

(SITC Rev 4 Division Code - Title)


00 - Live animals (other than fish, crustaceans, molluscs, etc.)

i.e. sheep and goats, swine, poultry…

Locally produced

01 - Meat and meat preparations

i.e. meat of bovine animals, meat of sheep, dried or smoked meat of swine, sausages…

Locally produced

02 - Dairy products and birds’ eggs

i.e. milk, yogurt, butter, cheese, eggs…

Locally produced

03 - Fish (not marine mammals), crustaceans, molluscs…

i.e. fish (chilled or frozen), fish (salted or in brine), fish liver and roes…


04 - Cereals and cereal preparations

i.e. wheat, rice, flour of maize, pasta...


05 - Vegetables and fruit

i.e. vegetables, fruit and nuts, jams/jellies, fruit juices…

Both locally produced and imported

06 - Sugars, sugar preparations and honey

i.e. sugars (beet or cane) raw, natural honey, fruit/nuts preserved by sugar …

Both locally produced and imported

07 - Coffee, tea, cocoa, spices and manufactures thereof

i.e. coffee, cocoa, chocolate, tea, mate, pepper…


09 - Miscellaneous edible products and preparations

i.e. ready-to-eat foods, margarine, sauces, soups and broths, yeasts…


41 - Animal oils and fats

i.e. lard, fats and oils…


42/43 - Fixed vegetable fats and oils, crude, refined or fractionated

i.e. soya bean oil, olive oil, maize oil, vegetable oil…

Locally produced

**For Non-FOOD products please see section 3.5.2 Additional Suppliers, and for FUEL/PETROLEUM products please see section 3.1 Fuel.

Disclaimer: Inclusion of company information in the LCA does not imply any business relationship between the supplier and WFP / Logistics Cluster, and is used solely as a determinant of services, and capacities.

Please note WFP / Logistics Cluster maintain complete impartiality and are not in a position to endorse, comment on any company's suitability as a reputable service provider.




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