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Growing food and incomes - phase two

Continuing our work with communities to grow food and incomes from forest products. Donate today to support our vital work

The project

Since 2017, we have been working with communities in Burkina Faso that are hard hit by poverty and hunger.

The second phase of our Growing Food and Incomes project runs from 2021 to the end of 2024, and builds on the successes of phase one. In this phase, we will be expanding our work with women to include young people and groups of internally displaced peoples (IDPs).

Through this project, we are providing these groups with the tools and training they need to grow nutritious foods to eat. We will also be working with government, local authorities and organisations in the tree product sector to increase local understanding of the value of forest products, as well as ensuring the sustainable management of forest resources.

Learn more about the first phase of this project, which is now complete

Why is this project needed?

In Burkina Faso, poverty and hunger are widespread issues. During the long dry months, when people struggle to grow enough food, many can only eat once a day. Children often suffer the effects the most, with mothers being forced to rely on non-nutritious foods like maize to feed them. 

One-third of the country’s farmland is already degraded due to the effects of the climate crisis and deforestation — the clearing of trees for things like farms. This is making it even harder for people to grow enough crops to eat and sell to earn an income. 

Our aims

This project aims to support women, young people and Internally Displaced People who are often the most vulnerable to hunger and poverty. Nutrition gardens are being created and people are being trained to grow and care for moringa and baobab trees. This will help to improve their resilience to climatic and security shocks through diversified and sustainable food production systems.

We are also supporting women with tools, training and opportunities for women entrepreneurs to improve their competitiveness and have better access to finance and markets to grow their businesses.

The project will reach 400,000 people from around 57,000 households, 70% of whom will be women and 50% young people. The project will support 600 individual and collective enterprises with 28,000 members, of which 55% are women and 30% are young people, and will help to create around 2,000 jobs.

During this project...

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    nutrition gardens will be grown for vulnerable households

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    trees will be planted

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    market kiosks will be built to sell tree products

Our impact

As of 2022, the project has now 31% complete, and is due for completion in December 2024.

100 nutrition gardens have already been constructed for vulnerable rural households, and 15 new production sites for baobab and moringa are now under construction.

39 nutrition gardens have been constructed for internally displaced peoples and their host communities, and 11 more nutrition gardens are now under way for internally displaced peoples. Numerous sessions have also taken place on product transformation, training community members to process, market and store their products.

Our progress so far

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    nutriton gardens constructed for internally displaced peoples

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    new sites constructed for growing baobab & moringa

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    nutrition gardens set up for vulnerable households

When we get into an association the union makes us stronger… there are fifty women working on this site and thanks to these fifty women, we can do a lot of things.

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Our partners

This project has been made possible with funding from the Swiss Development Co-operation and Netherlands Development Cooperation. We are working with local partners to implement this project.