Over 70% of people in Burkina Faso live rurally and rely on the land and trees to get food to eat and products to sell for an income. But the effects of the climate crisis and deforestation are causing the land to rapidly lose its fertility. As a result, poverty and hunger are major issues here.
To make matters worse, communities that rely on the forests don’t always know who is in charge of them. This means people are often unable to manage and protect forests in the way that they need.
Through this project, we will provide people with the tools and training they need to restore and protect 25 forest areas. They will be supported to develop forest management plans which will help them to protect the forests for years to come. We will also build 145 water-conserving boulis, each of which will hold on average 2,500m3 of water. That's the same amount of water as an Olympic swimming pool!
We will support over 13,000 people to form enterprise groups and learn how to process tree products into products like shea butter and how to market them to earn an income.
We would like to thank the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) for supporting this project. We are also working with other local partners including MEEVCC.