Desertification is a persistent threat for inhabitants in the heart of the arid Sahel region. In addition to low levels of rainfall and the poor quality of the soil, livestock often eat young tree saplings and thus further discourage any vegetation growth.
To help restore these unproductive lands, the pilot Guiè Farm was created in 1989 with the mission to reverse desertification and render these lands fertile again, thus helping farmers improve their yields, incomes and livelihoods. This objective is met through teaching local farmers techniques that revolve around the innovative agricultural system of the Sahelian grove (wooded perimeters), or “wégoubri” in the local Moore language. Here are the following areas of work implemented by the experimental farm:
- Three areas of work:
- Experimenting with new farming techniques;
- The training of people through learning (for young people) and FFS (for adults);
- The development of sustainable agriculture through direct support to farmers, mainly for the development of the grove.
- 5 sections:
- Technical management
- Farm Equipment
- Land development
To find out more about the farm’s activites and discover its history, visit the website here: http://www.eauterreverdure.org/guie
In addition to the farm’s creation, a farmer’s organization comprised of the 10 villages in the region of Guiè was created in order to share best practices and offer mutual support. The organization is called Association Zoramb Naagtaaba (AZN). To find out more about the organization, visit the website here: http://eauterreverdure.org/azn-guie-burkina.org