Training 156 women in agroecology
Burkina Faso is among the world’s poorest countries and has a population of over 18 million people, 47% of whom are under 15 years old. Only 46% of the country’s estimated nine million hectares of arable land is exploited, and the food supply for most households is subject to high seasonal variation. More than half of households experience at least one period of shortage throughout the year. The Cascades region in the far west of the country has a very high rate of child malnutrition. In 2013, the rate of chronic malnutrition in children under 5 years old in the region was 40.9% (the highest in the country).
This project aims to improve food and nutritional security for households in the Cascades region. In partnership with Inades, Acting for Life will work with groups of women to produce market-gardening products using agroecological production techniques, while raising awareness about and promoting a diversified and balanced diet within the community.
- boost the income of female group members through the production and sale of market-gardening products;
- improve food security and nutrition for households by promoting the consumption of market-gardening products that are rich in micronutrients;
- develop the professional skills of women’s groups, and improve social cohesion through community market-gardening.
Key figures and results
- 5 associations for mother-educators in 5 rural towns (over 350 women) have seen their standard of living improve thanks to the creation of income-generating activities;
- 156 women have been trained in agroecological production techniques;
- 25 women have been trained in simplified accounting and financial management;
- 25 women have been trained in techniques for marketing market-gardening products;
- 5 plots of land (0.25 hectares each) are being renovated (installation of drip irrigation systems, fences, etc.);
- 700 households (4,000 individuals) in the province of Léraba have been taught about the importance of a healthy and balanced diet (link between health and diet, right to food) and now enjoy a more nutritious diet.