Reforestation and agriculture in Burkina Faso

Photo credit: WVC 1997-12

Acacia nilotica in Bois de la Fraternisation (Arbolle, Prov. du Passore, Burkina Faso) – Reforestation project of TC-Dialogue Foundation (Belgium): trees planted in 1988 with soil conditioner TerraCottem

Farming the Desert | EARTH A New Wild

As the desert in West Africa’s Sahel region began growing faster than ever in the 1970s and 1980s and many farmers left the land, a farmer in a small town in northern Burkina Faso developed creative methods to restore soils damaged by drought. Yacouba Sawadogo innovated on regionally well-known farming techniques to create a large, easy-to-farm forested area, working with his community to reinvent agriculture in the region.

See the video: PBS Learning Media


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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