In the past, farmers in Burkina Faso increased agricultural yields by expanding arable land at the expense of forests and savannahs. In order to preserve the important forests and to secure future food supplies for the rapidly growing population, the yields per hectare for food production must be massively increased. For 20 years now, the success of our work has been increasingly efficient and the farmers’ approval has been growing, as we share the responsibility and the farmers care for and nurture reclaimed farmland.
In the picture below the effect of the stone walls is visible. On the right side, straw has been harvested and straw is used for humus formation in the soil, while on the left side of the wall there is hardly any vegetation left.
Because there is a high population density in the provinces “Boulkiemdé” (North) and “Sanguié” in the “Centre Ouest” region, we have launched new food security projects there. The willingness of the population to carry out the labour-intensive construction of the arable land with contour stone walls is great – support us in transporting the stones for the walls, because a Burkinabe smallholder cannot afford them.
By 2040 the total population of Burkina Faso will double to over 40 million people. In order to achieve long-term food security, national food production must also double.
- With help for self-help farmers close the armus trap
- Selected farmers are trained in the Eco Centre and pass on their knowledge to other farmers
- The farmers participate free of charge with 150 working days per hectare
- Stone walls collect rain and increase the yield sustainably
- The neighbourly solidarity for the construction of the stone walls also stabilizes the regions
- Recultivated soils as alternative arable land protect forests and savannahs from slash and burn
- A German development aid project was successfully completed