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.
All 200 of the proposed nutrition gardens have been set up and locals have been trained to care for them. Communities are now using the gardens to grow nutritious food. Nearly half of the planned tree nurseries have been set up and over 375,000 trees have been grown and planted out.
We have supported the development of 79 management plans that will help people to restore and protect their forests. With trees protected, locals can use their products to set up enterprises. These groups have developed business plans and are already selling tree products in 14 kiosks and two shops.
This project has been made possible with funding from the Swiss Development Co-operation. We are working with local partners to implement this project.