pays for a new bore-hole and water-pump to provide water to 200 villagers
will install a new 2.5 acre market garden with 5 wells to help up to 100 women with livelihoods from the sale of vegetables
pays to deepen a dry drinking water well to provide water
will replace a broken water-pump
will train 5 water management committees to manage their water points
trains 10 women to make their own improved cooking stoves, saving 1 hour of cooking time, and using 1/3 of the firewood
will pay for 3 sacks of cement and tools to dig and stabilise a compost/ manure pit to produce 12 carts of compost to improve farm yields and help feed the family
pays for Mucuna seeds to improve soil fertility and agricultural yields on 1 acre of land
Burkina Faso is a landlocked nation in West Africa. Six countries surround it: Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d'Ivoire to the southwest. Its size is 274,000 km² with an estimated population of more than 13,200,000 and was formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta. The inhabitants of Burkina Faso are known as Burkinabè. Burkina Faso's capital is Ouagadougou.
The target area, whose mainstay is subsistence agriculture, has been struck by frequent problems of droughts and continued deterioration of soil fertility resulting from human practices. Other practices such as over-cultivation of the fields, uncontrolled extraction of gravel and sand collecting in clearings and on roads, continued bushfires and deforestation have reduced the productivity of the land. Furthermore, lack of skills and knowledge in sustainable agriculture, supervision and financial support has left many households vulnerable and trapped in food insecurity.
The N’Guidgue Weoga Kuisse Project, which means, “Fight against desertification” in the local language, is designed to counteract increasing desertification by improving water and soil conservation measures, in addition to soil fertility and reforestation.
The project will work with 31,235 farmers in 30 villages in the Province of Bazega, in South Eastern Burkina Faso, near the town of Kombisiri. About150 model farmers will be trained as local trainers, who will then teach others how to protect and manage their natural resources through methods like promoting hedgerows, naturally assisted regeneration and the cutting and conservation of animal fodder. Techniques to improve soil fertility such as scarifying the land, half-moons, stone cordon dykes, “zai” fertilizer holes, the treatment of ravines, and soil enrichment using leguminous mucuna will be applied to 2,535 acres (1,026 hectares) of degraded or unused land. This land will then be available for agriculture and pasture. In addition, ADRA will help build 900 compost pits, plant 100,000 trees, and 8 small dams will be constructed for the animals to drink from. The project is further expected to develop a community approach to natural resource management by developing and implementing communal environmental action plans, setting up 30 natural resource management committees at the village level and produce a manual on use of green manure. The project will also promote and support the construction of 6000 improved wood-fuel efficient stoves.
The project is co-financed by the European Commission, ADRA-UK and ADRA Netherlands
The project started on the 1st of January 2012 and was completed on the 31st of December 2014.