Farmer-led Agro Ecological Livelihoods in Burkina Faso

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The Problem

In Burkina Faso, subsistence agriculture and animal husbandry are the foundation of the national economy. The productivity of this farming system depends mainly on rainfall, which has fast declined in recent decades.

As a result, an increasing number of rural households are facing chronic food and nutrition insecurity. They resort on negative coping mechanisms that exacerbate their vulnerability, poverty and inequality between households.

The project targets Eastern Burkina where the poverty index is high and works to strengthen the capacity of small scale farmer households.

The Solution 

We work towards help this problem by improving food and nutritional security through promoting proven agro-ecological technologies, diversifying livelihoods, and strengthening the technical and organisational capacity of the communities.

  • Train community-based organisations and women’s organisations to manage and spread agro ecological processes.
  • Organise farmer to farmer training on agro ecological farming through the strategy of cascading training.
  • Train and provide support to women’s groups for their gardening activities in dry and rainy season including negotiating their access to secured land.
  • Sensitize and train mothers on children specific nutrition needs through workshops and culinary demonstrations of recipes.
  • Facilitate skills training visits on organizational and financial management for women’s groups involved in the income generating activities.
  • Provide rotating donation of animals to more vulnerable households.
  • Hold 3 workshops for sharing tools and program results with other communities and organizations at local and regional levels.
  • Sensitize communities on the importance of establishing inter-communities organizations (men and women) that coordinate learning and advocacy actions for scaling up sustainable agriculture geared toward agro-ecological transition.
  • Organize exchange visits learnings opportunities for farmers’ organizations.
  • Provide small equipment (shovels, pickaxes, wheelbarrows, etc..…) to the poorest and most vulnerable households to apply agro ecological innovations.
  • Conduct a baseline study on nutrition in selected villages of the three districts.
  • Train at least 2 women leaders per village and equip them with visual aids to carry out nutrition activities.
  • Skill training on vegetable (e.g. baobab, moringa,) processing for storage and diversified household food consumption.

Expected Outcome

  • Impacting 70,000 people across 100 villages of three districts.
  • Small scale farmer’s households in particularly the most vulnerable, adopting agro ecological techniques.
  • Farmers’ households in the target villages will improve their nutrition through diversified production in the dry and rainy seasons.
  • Small scale farmer’s households in target villages will improve and diversify their livelihoods and resilience.
  • Community-based organizations at village and communal level will improve their capacities to promote and scale up agro-ecology and increasing resilience of small scale farmers to rapid changing climate.
  • Improvement in food security in terms of reduction of the lean season (the hunger period which starts at planting until the next harvest) depending on the season.
  1. Increased number of daily meals from family production
  2. Diversified diet for children under five years old
  3. Diversified sources of income from on-farm and non-farm activities of at least 50% of women in the participating villages

We need to raise £229,281 to complete this project.  To help us achieve this please donate.

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