HYGIENE AND FERTILIZATION PROJECT
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The hygiene and fertilization section is a multisectoral sustainable development project, as it takes into account the aspects of sanitation, environment, productivity and social cohesion. Inspired by the successful experience of the KOASSANGA Association in the locality of Barkouytenga, this project was carried out for the displaced households of the Boungou mine in the Eastern region.
The low-cost ECOSAN ecological latrines can treat excrement separately, in a simple and natural way, to produce compost for use in agriculture to improve soil quality. Thanks to this process, the SEMAFO Foundation wishes to increase the productivity of the fields and thereby increase the income of the various owners, without the purchase of expensive fertilizers. The goal is to achieve food self-sufficiency for households by significantly increasing agricultural production. The use of by-products in agriculture makes it possible to practice an ecological agriculture with high efficiency respectful of the environment. For information, agricultural tests carried out for 6 years with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture have shown that the use of urine and faeces allows to obtain agricultural yields higher than those achieved with chemical fertilizers ( NPK and urea).
This project, initiated for the benefit of households impacted by mining activities in the Eastern Region, has made it possible to build 169 ECOSAN latrines for these households. A training and awareness campaign, in collaboration with the KOASSANGA association, was conducted for them to understand the merits of such a project as well as the practical modalities of use.
Subsequently, various training courses will be offered to beneficiaries to enable them to produce enough grain to feed themselves, but also to market some of them, thus enabling them to earn additional income while protecting the environment, without buying expensive fertilizers:
- Training of animators in ecological agriculture
- Training in the production of natural repellents to fight, without pesticides, against pests in the fields
- Training in the fight against soil desertification: learning to combine the use of latrine by-products with cultural techniques for soil preservation and rehabilitation
This type of dry ecological latrine, works without water, separates feces from urine thus making it possible to recover waste by transforming it into compost (excreta) or liquid fertilizer (urine) that can be used for fertilization of soils or cultures.
- Different training for beneficiaries to improve their income and increase the yield of their land (2016-2017)
- Construction of 4 storage sheds for urine preservation (2016-2017)
- Installation of 169 ECOSAN latrines for the relocation of Boungou households (2016-2017)
- Training of the 8 managers of the hygiene centers (2016-2017)
- An awareness campaign under the theme “Training beneficiaries on the use and maintenance of latrines ECOSAN” was held for the benefit of the populations of Boungou, Natongou and Tamboangou (2016-2017)
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