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Education for climate protection – our radio station

Als gemeinnützige Vereine helfen Terra Verde e.V. und IDD Burkina seit 15 Jahren den Menschen in Burkina Faso.

Strengthening climate protection with simple information transfer - our radio station for farmers in Burkina Faso

Especially in Africa, radio is the ideal medium to reach people in the countryside. In Burkina Faso, radio broadcasts are the decisive instrument for access to education and information. Newspapers in Burlkina Faso are only read by the educated, so it is not surprising that hardly any magazine has a higher circulation than 10,000, but that there are 154 radio stations. The 14 million rural population can be reached via radio, because most people own a mobile phone and can listen to web radio.

Two thirds of the people in Burkina Faso cannot read or write and 70% of the population lives in rural areas, where more and more schools have been closed recently.

Free further training for small farmers via our radio station


Reaching the handset


local staff

€ 110.000

For construction, technical equipment, antenna

Through our radio station, we provide the rural population with access to elementary knowledge about yield-enhancing agriculture and the current destruction of the environment through unnecessary slash-and-burn. We link interesting facts about climate protection with topics of everyday life, music and provide information about the free educational offer in our Eco Centre.

  • Programmes and reports on current support programmes for small farmers
  • Teaching resource-conserving agriculture: soil and water conservation
  • Creating role models for climate protection with success stories about small farmers
  • To give the many illiterate people generally understandable access to the consequences of environmental destruction
Our radio station

Our radio station for the rural population

13 million people in rural areas can be reached via radio.

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Unsere Radiostation im Ökozentrum

Questions about the project

Has the effect of the stone walls been scientifically confirmed?

All our effects are scientifically proven, measurable and repeatable today. 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 us to imitate them directly. Interested small farmers actively contact us and ask to participate – a decisive factor for the success of each project.

This is where we help at the front line – with your support, of course.

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. The working principle of the stone wall has been used since the 90s.

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 able to build on a foundation of experience. Terra Verde founder Melchior Landolt was responsible for the team management at PATECORE until the project was discontinued.

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 efficiency and effect increases with every realized hectare of arable land for our climate – 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 – yours too.

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.