In drought-stricken Burkina Faso, farmers get creative

 

 

Drought-prone Burkina Faso finds ways to help those most vulnerable to climate extremes

by Zoe Tabary/Abdoul Aziz Cissé | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rural Burkina Faso is battling more frequent and ever-longer droughts. The dry season, which traditionally lasted from mid-February to June, is increasingly extending into July and August, delaying the start of much-needed rainfall for planting.

Crops frequently dry up or are attacked by insect pests, rendering most of the harvest useless.

Farmers in the country’s northern Passoré province are getting a helping hand through one-day “plant clinics”, which allow them to bring in damaged crops for a consultation.

The initiative is part of the Building Resilience to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme, supported by Britain’s Department for International Development.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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