Burkina Faso: in activity


The hygiene and fertilization program is a multi-sectoral sustainable development project that integrates sanitation, environment, productivity and social cohesion concerns. Inspired by KOASSANGA Association’s success story in the locality of Barkouytenga, this project was set up to benefit the families displaced by the Boungou Mine in the Est region.

The low-cost ECOSAN ecological latrines offer a simple, natural means, by processing excrement separately, to produce compost that can be used by farmers to improve soil quality. Through the process, SEMAFO Foundation aims to increase agricultural productivity and boost owner income without having to buy expensive fertilizer. The goal is to empower families to become self-sufficient in food by significantly increasing agricultural production. The use of agricultural by-products encourages high-yield ecological farming that is respectful of the environment. In fact, agricultural tests carried out over the past 6 years with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture demonstrate that the use of urine and feces enables higher agricultural yields than those achieved with chemical fertilizers (NPK and urea).

This project, launched to assist households impacted by mining activity in the Est region, enabled 169 ECOSAN latrines to be built for the households. Training and awareness campaigns were carried out, together with the KOASSANGA association,  so that the families understood the justification for the project as well as the practical conditions of use.

Subsequently, a variety of courses has been offered to beneficiaries to enable them not only to produce enough grain to feed themselves, but also to sell a portion. This allows participants to earn additional income while protecting the environment, and without buying expensive fertilizers:

  • Training animators in ecological farming
  • 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 latrines 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 soil or crop fertilization.

In short

  • Launch of field schools (2018-2019)
  • Training for 8 persons as instructor and animator (2018-2019)
  • 7 volunteers to set up field schools, each with a surface area of 0.25 hectare.
  • A variety of training courses 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 displaced Boungou households (2016-2017)
  • Training for the 8 managers of the hygiene centers (2016-2017)
  • An awareness campaign under the theme “Training beneficiaries on the use and maintenance of ECOSAN latrines” was held for the benefit of the populations of Boungou, Natongou and Tamboangou (2016-2017)


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