Burkina Faso: in activity

“This is our second experience and the first was a total success in terms of enthusiasm and results. This practice enabled us not only to not feel the shortage of condiments that was crucial at a given period but it also allowed us to have incomes of about $160 to $180 (FCFA 70,000 to 80,000) in average, although we have exploited small spaces’’
– Monsieur Seydou Blegna beneficiary producer of Fobiri

Community vegetable gardens are aimed at providing food self-sufficiency to inhabitants. They are an effective way to fulfill the nutritional needs of the region and for producers to obtain additional income by selling their surplus. These gardens are an essential element in the fight against food insecurity in our areas of operation. In addition to the collective gardens that supply the school canteens in the village of Wona, firstly, in 2012 a vegetable garden was created at the request of Yona villagers. Subsequently, the village of Fobiri also benefited from this project. Spaces have been cleared and developed for this purpose to allow better exploitation by market gardeners.

In addition to household consumption, several products such as tomato, onion, eggplant, cabbage and salad were sold in local markets. This activity is well appreciated by these market gardeners, because in addition to balancing the diet of the family, it allows to have additional income during the dry season (December to June).

During the paprika off-season in 2011-2012, SEMAFO Foundation provided support to 351 farmers in three villages of Niger (Bossey Bangou, Boulkagou, and Garbey Kourou). These farmers received seeds and gardening tools such as wheelbarrows, watering cans, rakes, hoses, plant processing equipment and fertilizers. In addition, two small pumps were provided to irrigate the fields.

In short

  • Creation of a group of 30 people who will shortly receive training in Bissa and irrigation equipment (2018-2019)
  • Installation of a fence at Bissa (2018-2019)
  • Training for 15 nursery growers at Somona (2018-2019)
  • Launch of a market-gardening project at Natongou with a group of 30 people
  • Development of a 2-hecture site with a fence at Natongou (2018-2019)
  • The 137 producers from Yona earned income of $9,695 (FCFA 4,217,000) and the Fobiri group $748 (FCFA 325,250) (2018-2019)
  • Extended the Fobiri garden by 1.62 ha, sunk 4 wells and erected a fence (2017-2018)
  • 240 producers from Yona generated income of $6,909 (FCFA 2,950,000) (2017-2018)
  • Addition of one hectare to the Fobiri Garden in Burkina Faso (2016-2017)
  • 372 producers in the 2 villages involved in Burkina Faso (2016-2017)
  • Income generated from the project in Burkina Faso for 2016-2017: $12,989 (FCFA 5,750,900)
  • Income generated for 2015-2016: $7,645 (FCFA 3,399,288)
  • Installation of a fence and irrigation of one hectare of land in Fobiri (2016)
  • Good agricultural practices training and equipment delivery (2016)
  • Establishment of the Fobiri Garden (2015)
  • Income generated from 2011 to 2014 in Niger: $158,152 (FCFA 71,045,000) in Niger
  • Income generated in Niger for 652 tonnes of harvested products: $155,960 (FCFA 69,346,376) (2013-2014)
  • 351 producers directly impacted valorization of 25 ha of land in Niger (2012-2013)
  • Training in agroecology for 260 young farmers in Burkina Faso (2011-2012)
  • Installation of a new garden fence in Yona in Burkina Faso (2011-2012)
  • Income generated by 82 women supported by the Foundation in 2011-2012: $10,740 (FCFA 5,370,000)

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