Created in 1949, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique (CNRST) is a public administrative body. It is attached to the Ministry of Secondary and Higher Education and Scientific Research. Its aims are the following: to contribute to defining and implementing national scientific policy; to develop and carry out programmes of scientific and technological research; to disseminate scientific and technical information; to ensure the connection between Research and Development; to ensure the circulation of scientific and technical information and to participate in the scientific training of researchers. The activities of the CNRST cover many important areas of the socio-economic life of Burkino Faso. The research activities of the CNRST are carried out by 4 institutes: the Environment and Agricultural Research Institute (INERA), the Applied Sciences and Technological Research Institute (IRSAT), the Health Sciences Research Institute (IRSS) and the Institute of Sciences of Society (INSS).