Brazil recognized the independence of the former Upper Volta in 1960, establishing diplomatic relations with the country in 1975. Bilateral relationship was intensified in the 2000’s, especially after the opening of the Embassy of Brazil in Ouagadougou (2007) and the Embassy of Burkina Faso in Brasília (2009).
Brazil has provided technical cooperation to the African country through projects aimed at promoting food security and fighting poverty, such as the strengthening of the National Public Health Laboratory and the development of dairy farming. There are also initiatives in humanitarian aid, defense and biofuels.
Along with Mali, Benin and Chad, Burkina Faso is one of the beneficiaries of the Cotton-4, Brazilian project with the objective of increasing the cotton production in these countries.
Chronology of Bilateral Relations
1960 – Brazil recognizes the independence of Upper Volta in August 13
1965 – The President of Upper Volta, Maurice Yaméogo, visits Brazil
1975 – Brazil and Upper Volta establish diplomatic relations
1999 – The Minister of Agriculture from Burkina Faso, Alassene Sere, visits Brazil
2000 – The Embassy of Brazil in Accra (Ghana) becomes cumulatively responsible for the relations with Burkina Faso.
2003 – Visit of President Compaoré to Brazil.
2003 – Foreign Minister Youssouf Ouédraogo visits Brazil; signature of the Basic Agreement of Technical Cooperation
2007 – President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visits Ouagadougou; Presidential Decree creates the Brazilian resident Embassy in Ouagadougou
2008 – Burkinabe Foreign Minister Djibril Bassolé visits Brazil; beginning of the activities of the Brazilian Embassy of Brazil in Ouagadougou (September); the Minister of Commerce, Mr. Mamadou Sanou visits Brazil
2009 – Foreign Minister Alain B. Yoda visits Brazil; opening of the resident Embassy of Burkina Faso in Brasília
2010 – Visit of the Minister of Transportation, Gilbert Ouedrago, to Brazil; 1st Meeting of the Bilateral Joint Committee
2012 – The Minister of Agriculture, Laurent Sedogo, visits Brazil
2013 – Follow-up Meeting of the 1st Session of the Joint Committee Brazil-Burkina Faso in Brasília.