Animal-fattering projects

Burkina Faso : en activité

The term « Agriculture and RGA » encompasses all revenue-generating activities that relate to agriculture and farming. Burkina Faso is a predominately agricultural country. The population pressure leads to competition for land that is more keenly felt in mining areas where land is already scarce. SEMAFO Foundation guides communities in increasing their agricultural production with an emphasis on modern animal husbandry methods. This is directly aligned with SDG #1 No poverty, #2 Zero hunger and #5 Gender equality.

Poultry-raising project
Rabbit farming
Pig farming
Sheep-fattening project
Fish farming

Poultry-Raising project

The “Poultry-raising” project is a profitable activity in a growth sector where the prices are constantly changing.

The first poultry project was initiated in September 2016 in Somona (20 women beneficiaries) with the construction of a henhouse, the purchase of 1,000 chicks, accessories, food, vaccines and training. The project has made significant progress in terms of poultry quality and opening of new markets. Increasingly, it is becoming the main poultry supplier for the Mana Mine (a SEMAFO mine) to the extent that it may not be able to fulfill orders in the near future due to production capacity. It therefore seemed appropriate to initiate two other similar projects in the villages of Dangouna and Natongou to share and popularize the Somona experience. This project had the benefit of empowering more women and their households in meeting their multiple tasks. It has also enabled the women to acquire qualifications and know-how that will enable the project to continue following cessation of mining operations.

To operationalize the projects in Dangouna and Natongou, SEMAFO Foundation provided the women with technical and financial assistance through the construction of a chicken co-operative, different types of training, the material needed to launch the project in addition to guidance for organising the women’s group. Given the modest means at their disposal, the beneficiaries have contributed in kind.  Each project has a 2-year life span involving 10 production cycles, each with 500 broilers.  SEMAFO Foundation will still maintain its support after this timeframe.

In the 2018-2019 year, the Foundation launched a laying hen project in the village of Bissa. The group received a modern, fully equipped chicken hatchery together with 500 pullets for egg production. It also obtained healthcare products, foodstuffs in addition to training in rearing methods.

A new project will be initiated in the year 2020-2021 using local chickens.

In short

  • Construction of a modern fully equipped, chicken coop in the village of Bissa for the laying hen project (2018-2019)
  • Project support through supply of 500 chicks to both the Somono and Dangouna coops (2018-2019)
  • Guidance for 4 chicken coops (2018-2019)
  • Income generated: $45,332 (CFA 19,718,050) for the participants in the 4 villages supported (2018-2019)
  • Revenue generated: $26,845 (FCFA 11,462,670) for the 92 direct beneficiaries from 4 groups. (2017-2018)
  • Construction of chicken coops for the villages of Boungou, Natoungou and Dangouna (2017-2018)
  • Income of $37,266 (CFA 15,912,602) generated by the Somona women during the first two years of the project (2016-2018)
  • Donation of a motor tricycle to the women of Somona (2017-2018)
  • 2nd sale of 500 chickens, $4,900 (FCFA 2,284,050) (2016-2017)
  • Proceeds from the Somona Poultry Project generated by the sale of the first 500 chickens: $ 2,785 (FCFA 1,253,500) (November 2016)


Rabbit farming

The year 2019 saw the inauguration of the first rabbit-farming center for the Siguikafo group in the village of Dangouna. When soundly managed, this revenue-generating activity will allow the groups to earn substantial income. The Foundation provided the buildings and all production-critical equipment such as food, veterinary care, 50 female and 5 male rabbits, as well as training on the many rearing methods.

At Dangouna, the novelty of the project caused some jostling when the rabbits were delivered. While everyone in the area wanted to witness the implementation of this innovative project, it was not easy for everyone to see the rabbits on the same day as access to them was restricted for reasons of hygiene. Visits to the center resumed the following days.

In short

  • Donation of equipment, livestock and training (2018-2019)
  • Construction of buildings (2018-2019)


Pig farming

Inauguration of the first two piggeries at Blé and at Konkonliko, was carried out in 2019. When soundly managed, this revenue-generating activity will enable the groups to earn substantial income. In addition to the buildings, the Foundation funded all the equipment needed for production, food and veterinary care,  10 sows, 2 boars as well as training on the many methods of rearing.

The piggery at Blé was in direct response to the strong demand from the 30 members of the “Djougouyamayi” group whose dynamism was noticeable during the inauguration ceremony.

In short

  • Donation of all necessary material, livestock and training (2018-2019)
  • Construction of buildings (2018-2019)


Sheep fattening

In West Africa, for-profit ram farming is emerging as a popular activity in both rural and urban settings. The phenomenon is linked to the growing demand for good-quality meat concurrent with the population growth in urban areas. Demand spikes around the religious holiday periods (Tabaski, Christmas, etc.).

It is our hope that the women will be able to convert our donated sheep into a business. This would enable them to continue buying and selling animals for fattening until they become financially self-sufficient. Their success would bring in other women who would receive the same level of support from the Foundation.

We selected the village of Tambouangou in the Est region to launch the project for the first time with women. A total of ten women in the village participated in the project. After completing the training sessions, each woman received three sheep, fattening material and the necessary items for project start-up (inputs, equipment, etc.)

In short

  • Integrating 5 additional women to the Tambouangou group (2018-2019)
  • The 15 participants sold 45 sheep for total income of $5,718 (CFA 2,487,000) and profit of $1,232 (CFA 536,000) (2018-2019)
  • First year income: $3,837 (FCFA 1,638,355) (2017-2018)


Fish farming

The fish-farming project, in addition to being special and unique, is a project that was individually spearheaded by Mrs. Sétou Séré. In 2019, the Foundation took the decision to move forward with the project proposal because it would bring innovation into the region and make a major economic contribution to the village of Nana. The Foundation’s backing primarily consisted of building 2 ponds: one small nursery pond and one large, pre-fattening pond. In the coming weeks, the Foundation will help find a source of water, a key factor for the project’s success and sustainability.

Mrs. Séré’s great initiative has garnered praise from all parties, including the Foundation and the delegation that paid it a visit on June 19, 2019. The Foundation encourages the population of Nana to support the project founder who sets a fine example for her village.

In short

  • Purchase of 400 tilapias and their transportation to Nana (2018-2019)
  • Purchase of 300 catfish fry and their transportation to Nana (2018-2019)
  • Construction of two ponds (2018-2019)


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