This paper tests human capital theory predictions with respect to formal education, using Burkina Faso's 2014 National Survey on Households Living Conditions, along with geospatial meta-data and semi-parametric modeling techniques. In its design the study relies on households “willingness and ability” to spend annually a per-capita amount above the poverty thresholds to characterize “household food security” and “monetary security”. We find that relaxing the linearity and independence assumptions provide for a more robust representation of the systemic and inter-dependent relationship that exists between education, food and monetary security. In fact, education is found to increase the joint likelihood of food and monetary security in the country. Specifically, compared to households headed by individuals with no education, those headed by primary, secondary or higher educated individuals are respectively 19.8%, 49.7% and 1.189 times more likely to experience food security, and respectively 40.1%, 77% and 1.723 times more likely to come out of poverty. Furthermore, the high positive correlation (0.927) between the incidence of food and monetary security suggests that coordinated efforts in the food and education sectors will have much greater impact on the country's sustainable development, than isolated initiatives.