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Ibrahim Koara is an agricultural economics engineer specializing in sustainable social and economic development engineering (Master’s degree). After he graduated in September 2012 from the Hassan II Agronomic and Veterinary Institute Morocco, he returned to Burkina Faso, where he started as intern in the Ministry of Agriculture at the Rural Economy Promotion General Direction working on value chains. He joined iDE in February 2013 as Business Officer, in charge of marketing and microfinance. He has contributed to the promoting of drip irrigation technology in remote rural areas and started up two pilot microfinance initiatives to support farmers in accessing the technology. Since June 2014, he has been conducting a proof-of-concept project to jumpstart Orange Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) production in Burkina Faso. Using a value chain and market-based approach, he is helping to demonstrate that the OFSP value chain could be developed to increase small-scale farmers’ income and simultaneously reduce Vitamin A deficiency among the most vulnerable. With his passion for rural development, he is continually thinking about how to make the value chains and markets work better for the small producers. This is more than a job—it’s a life goal!

Read about iDE in Burkina Faso.