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Climate protection: Savannahs & preserving forests

Terra Verde e.V. und IDD Burkina sind gemeinnützige Vereine mit Sitz in Deutschland und Burkina Faso. Beide Vereine arbeiten von Anfang an zusammen und wurden von ehemaligen Mitarbeitern der deutschen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit gegründet.
Stones against deserts

Pragmatic solutions for climate protection

Burkina Faso is severely threatened by climate change. The increasing pressure of use due to high population growth and unsuitable land use methods have led to a severe degradation of agricultural land. At the same time, biodiversity is declining, as is the possibility of wild collections of food crops.

In times of drought, the land dries out additionally and fertile areas erode. In order to make the replanting of wasteland successful, we build stone walls around the fields together with the small farmers. In the rainy season, the heavy rainfall is thus collected and the landscapes can revive.

Using fallow land for agriculture instead of forests

When a farmer’s family is looking for new areas for their agriculture without success, the original forest full of berts is usually cleared by fire. The most effective and simplest form of climate protection is to cover the demand for arable land by recultivating wasteland. The new vegetation also cools the earth and additionally reduces water evaporation from the soil.

With the construction of stone walls, the collected rainwater is available to people, animals and plants. The farmers can cultivate desolate land again and secure food and income for the families of their villages.

Without acute countermeasures, the devastation caused by the erratic distribution of rainfall, long dry periods and heavy rainfall will continue.

Kimaschutz durch rekultiverte Böden

Greening drought areas again - with the help of neighbourly solidarity communities.


CO2 tons bound


Farmers and helpers

€5.5 million.

Donations and subsidies

We start new projects in regions with high population density. In the provinces of “Boulkiemdé” (North) and “Sanguié” in the “Centre Ouest” region, without our measures, the densely forested Gunstregionen in the South Sudanese climate zone will be completely destroyed by over-exploitation and looting within a few decades.

  • 28 municipalities in southwest Burkina Faso have already successfully implemented adaptation to climate change
  • 11,000 farmers were advised on climate protection measures and supported in their implementation.
  • Rainwater is collected for vegetation and the water cycle is restored
  • Plant and care for 80 trees per hectare
  • Trees and plants act as air conditioning for our planet
Stones against deserts

Climate protection : Preserving forests and savannahs

We prevent slash-and-burn agriculture and plant new trees in agriculture

Bauern nutzen die Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe mit viel Einsatz.


Has the effect of the stone walls been scientifically confirmed?

In 2019 our work was awarded the predicate GOOD PRACTISE by the research project INEF. (University of Duisburg-Essen on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Development and Cooperation)

“Terra-Verde e.V. and its Burkinabe partner association improve the nutritional basis of present and future generations and thus contribute to reducing the number of poverty and environmental refugees”.

Dr. Hans Rudolf Herren
Vice Chairman of the World Agricultural Council

How does Terra Verde know which farmer needs help?

The most effective form of learning is imitation, which is why the successes of our farmers motivate people to imitate them directly in the neighbourhood. Determined small farmers actively contact us and ask to participate – a decisive factor for the success of each project.

We help at the front line – with your support.

How transparent is the use of the donations

The cost structure is listed in detail in the annual reports. Each project is evaluated and reviewed during and after its implementation. In addition to cost structure and effectiveness, we always check the degree to which the targets set have been achieved.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. As a recognized non-profit association, we are allowed to issue donation receipts (donation confirmations). If you donate online, you will automatically receive an e-mail confirming your donation after using our donation form.

Since when has the technology been used?

In the first years of our forerunner PATECORE (German development aid project 1987-2005) a lot of research, learning and trial and error was done. Today, our effects are measurable, scalable and increasingly effective.

Why does the Federal Ministry of Economics and Cooperation support the Terra Verde projects?

Terra Verde has taken over structures, technology and many employees from the precursor project PATECORE. The smooth continuation of the successful German development aid project was built on a foundation of experience and further optimised. Our Terra Verde founder Melchior Landolt, an experienced agricultural economist, was responsible for the team management at PATECORE.

What can a donation actually achieve?

Hunger only knows one stomach. We create sustainable results in the fields of the small farmers, who themselves contribute a high proportion of their own work. The effect on our climate increases with every hectare of field that is realized – but we end the hunger of the participating farmers immediately and forever.

All of our comrades-in-arms are convinced of the efficiency of our work and see enormous potential for the entire Sahel region. A vision that demands our full commitment and diverse support.

How much of my donations reaches Burkina Faso?

Every donation causes administrative costs, so individual donations should not be too small.
One of the most important requirements is that Terra Verde demonstrably uses its resources sparingly. This applies in particular to expenditure on advertising and administration. On average, we use no more than 12 percent for this purpose. The cost structure is listed in detail in the annual reports.