The livelihood of the rural population in Burkina Faso is the focus of our attention. Only by focusing on the conditions and feasibility on the ground have we been able to achieve so much in one of the poorest countries in the world.
Over the last 30 years, the individual project phases were optimized more and more until the most important results could be predicted. Today, our operating principle is considered to be scalable and thus differs from many development aid projects. All positive effects are re-hot, without disregarding the known risks.
The so-called upscaling has a lot to do with transparency and measurability and helps to quickly identify sources of error in success control by means of deviating results. This means for all partners and sponsors involved to understand the criteria of quality control and to trust our work.
Our non-profit partner organisation, like Terra Verde itself, emerged from the former employees of the state project PATECORE of the German development aid. As a trained accountant, Director Ouedraogo of our non-profit partner organisation IDD Burkina offers clear structures to all involved farmers’ organisations, which define goals already in the planning phase.
The efficient use of funds is of central importance for us in planning, implementation and monitoring. Because we know that 88 percent* of German citizens would like to see more transparency in the use of funds from fundraising organizations and in development aid; without the support of donations, Terra Verde will not be able to help small farmers in Burkina Faso.
With the highest possible degree of transparency, classical development aid was transformed into trustworthy development cooperation at eye level. The system of our reporting practice is based on 30 years of operational experience in soil protection and soil rehabilitation. This is how we plan and bring about food security for small farmers and the end of the poverty trap.
The basic structure of our project work
Terra Verde e.V. operates according to the basic principle of helping people to help themselves. In cooperation with IDD Burkina in Ouagadogou, one of the largest private aid organisations for Burkina Faso has thus been created; politically and denominationally independent. In doing so, we work closely with the KfW, the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) and authorities in Burkina Faso.
We show how it works and accompany the farmers during the implementation. The key to success is knowledge and participation. The knowledge of the farmers how the water behaves in the rainy season and the knowledge how to double or triple the harvest with the help of stone walls and organic composting.
This is why we train farmers to become farmers’ advisors and immediately ensure that what they learn is passed on – an extremely efficient form of cooperation that we practice with over 400 local farmers’ organisations.
The recultivation of wastelands by the use of stone walls creates valuable arable land where the farmers receive the rights of use for further cultivation – a good reason to invest 150 working days per hectare and to maintain the investment independently from now on – for decades.