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Educational offers in the Eco Center

Terra Verde e.V. und IDD Burkina sind gemeinnützige Vereine mit Sitz in Deutschland und Burkina Faso.

Help for self-help - free education for pupils, students and farmers

Support our young training and competence centre “ECO-CENTRE BURKINA”, so that especially young people learn to understand their own country. Within three years, our Eco-centre has become the country’s leading institution for information on environmental protection and sustainable agriculture. Pupils, students and farmers learn how soil rehabilitation can be achieved. With your donation, we can provide many people with free access to further education, so that the way out of the hunger and poverty trap is successful with united forces.

Access to knowledge is a fundamental component in the fight against hunger.


Children and young people



€ 84.000

Donations and grants

We provide the poor rural population with access to free further education. Elementary knowledge about rural life, yield-enhancing agriculture and regional topics are conveyed in an understandable way. This complements the work from our eco-centre, where we organise further training for farmers. The extensive training to become a farmer is one of our next goals for the Ökozentrum, so that help for self-help in agriculture is successful.

  • Pupils and students visits
  • Imparting practical knowledge about resource-conserving management
  • Extension of the competence centre for soil and water conservation measures
  • Access to generally understandable information on the state and consequences of environmental degradation
  • Apprenticeship training positions as a farmer
Eco center

Our eco-center near the capital Ouagadougou

After only a few years, we have already received a broad response from small farmers in the catchment area.

FAQ - 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.