The context

The intervention will take place in the central-eastern region, specifically in four villages in the Boulgou province: Belse, Zano, Goursampa and Sebretenga.

Eighty per cent of the population is employed in the agricultural sector, which is unfortunately affected by frequent deforestation and desertification, the latter due to low and variable rainfall. The country’s agricultural production is, for the most part, aimed at subsistence and around 20% of the population suffers from food insecurity.

This is accompanied by political insecurity, brought about by an escalation of violence that has led to an increase in the number of internally displaced persons. Of those directly affected by the crisis, about 85 per cent are in need of humanitarian assistance.

The persistence of political instability has a negative impact on both planting activities and the frequency of markets, and consequently on the livelihoods of farmers and businesses.

Although the province of Boulgou is the area of origin of the majority of Burkina Faso nationals present in Italy, remittances from abroad fail to have a significant impact on local development.

Burkina Faso

Boulgou, Burkina Faso

 
The Objectives

The project’s objective is to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of rural communities in the central-eastern regions of Burkina Faso through the promotion of a systemic approach capable of increasing agricultural productivity by guaranteeing greater food security and the possibility of income for small-scale producers, particularly women.

The intervention acts on two agricultural sectors: rice and horticulture, particularly tomatoes and onions.

Project Details
Country

Burkina Faso,

Location

Boulgou,Belse,Zano,Goursampa,Sebretenga,

recipients

About 2.000, for 3/4 women

 
The Activities
  • Training will be organised for informal groups of male and female farmers with the aim of creating a second-level cooperative reality for each of the 4 villages involved in the initiative. About 30 people per village are expected to participate in the training sessions. The cooperatives themselves will ensure continuity in the activities that will be initiated during the project.
  • Co-operative members will also be trained on co-operative regulations, administrative and financial management, decision-making, internal democracy, and the nature and composition of decision-making bodies.
  • Barriers and canals will be constructed for a total of 10 hectares of land in the 4 villages covered by the intervention, for rice cultivation, in order to allow proper distribution and absorption of water during the rainy season. Approximately one hectare of land in each of the 4 targeted villages will also be used for counter-seasonal horticulture. In fact, artesian wells will be dug that will allow the soil to be irrigated even during the dry season.
  • Once the land preparation activities are completed, farmers will be provided with organic seeds from producers using natural techniques. Agricultural tools (wheelbarrows, carts, ploughs, shovels, hoes and picks) will also be distributed.
  • A training session on the Intensive Rice Cultivation System (IRS) will be organised and a rice husker with a rice processing kit will be provided in each village. Training sessions on onion and tomato production will also be organised.
  • An information and awareness-raising event will be organised in each of the villages covered by the intervention to explain the importance of including local products in the daily diet, their correct preparation and nutritional intake.
  • A training session on commercial negotiation and market research techniques is planned for the members of the management board of the four cooperatives.

Project Partners:

OCADES (Caritas della Diocesi di Tenkodogo)