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.
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.
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.
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.