WHaTeR: Partners

Institut de l'Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA)

INERA (created in 1994) is one of the four institutes of the Centre National de Recherches Scientifiques et Technologiques (CNRST) in Burkina Faso. Its mission is to develop and test sustainable agricultural production options and environmental management techniques. INERA has one research and training centre (CREAF) and five regional research centres (CRREAs) spread over the country’s five agro-ecological zones. Research is in four domains: Livestock (DPA), Crop (DPV) and Forestry (DPF) production, Natural Resources Management and Farming Systems (GRN/SP). The institute holds laboratories and support offices and has 82 researchers (PhDs in multi-disciplinary domains), 129 technicians and 214 support personnel.

INERA has a long experience in managing projects. The research focus of many projects is on integrated soil fertility management, rehabilitation of degraded lands for improved and sustainable crop production. Since 1960, the Saria research station houses long-term experiments on (i) soil fertility management under different fertilization modes and cropping systems with sorghum, cowpea and cotton; (ii) mineral fertilization, organic matter (compost, crop residues), soil tillage and fertilization, protected areas management at the "central plateau" region. Through a special programme on soil and water conservation (SWC) and agro-forestry (AGF) at the central plateau, INERA developed and improved the SWC techniques addressing optimum spacing between stone rows on farms, performance and improvement of Zai techniques, mechanization of Zai pit establishment, and alternatives for stone rows such as grass strips. In addition to these contributions, INERA contributed to capacity building among farmers’ organizations and upscaling of water harvesting and nutrient management technologies (e.g., through projects funded by CORAF, the Challenge program for water and Food in the Volta basin from 2004 to 2009). INERA has much experience with technology transfer with tests in PAPEM (support points for pre-extension of multi-location experiments) based on participatory, action research with farmers.

Main task in WHaTeR project: INERA will lead an integrated country-based Work Package (9) with a strong field-based component on the testing of the impact of (improved) WHT adoption on water and nutrient interactions for different cropping systems in at least two agro-ecological zones using participatory approaches.


Korodjouma Ouattara, Leader WP9: Burkina Faso integrated case study