Market research in Burkina Faso

Conducting market research in Burkina Faso will help our brand reach new business growth. 

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Ouagadougou city center - skyline with the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) tower, the City Hall, the Social Security and several other downtown government buildings - Burkina Faso

About Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa with a population of 20 million people. About  70% of them live in rural settings (2020) and its economy is largely based on agriculture. Yet the % of urban population has been slowly but steadily growing over the past decades. 

The main language spoken in this country is the French one, but attention: it’s estimated that there are more than 70 languages spoken in Burkina Faso, most of them indigenous ones. Half of the country (52%) speaks Mossi, mainly in the central region around the capital, Ouagadougou. The English language is not normally spoken. 

This country is one of the most fertile countries on earth. On average, a Burkinese woman gives birth to 6 children. 

Market research trends in Burkina Faso

The majority of the population works with subsistence agriculture or livestock raising. Regarding the agricultural sector, cotton, sesame, and sugarcane are the items the most exported. While rice, corn, and peanuts are grown for local consumption. 

When it comes to livestock raising – which is one of the principal sources of revenue in Burkina Faso -, animals such as sheep, pigs, donkeys, chicken and camels play an important role for the population.

Representative market data

Understanding the struggles, limits and benefits of a country is crucial while conducting market research. 

In some African countries, such as Burkina Faso, it can feel like the rules are constantly changing, forcing consumers to alter their shopping and consumption habits. As a result, it’s important for those involved to know how to conduct market research effectively.

This is crucial to find out how usage and purchase habits vary between countries and product types, so that you can make well-informed strategic decisions.

At Sagaci Research we have 4 products to help your business take the leap towards success, see it below: 

Market research methods in Burkina Faso

Online Panel

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Allows brand tracking in Burkina Faso on either a monthly, quarterly or bi-annual basis.  Whichever frequency you choose, make sure to action your activities based on the results. Find out about your options here.


For fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs), SagaCube gives you access to penetration (consumption or usage), consumption or usage frequency, purchase frequency, and purchase locations.  Access here.


Drill down into the details of your brand’s KPIs to understand your strengths and where you can improve. Track for which population demographics your brand is performing best by tracking metrics for each group over time and in comparison to each other within a period.  Contact us here

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