This project will support 2000 smallholder farmers plant 10,000 trees on and around farm areas in the commune of BINDE in Burkina Faso to improve biodiversity and conserve natural resources. This regenerative agriculture approach is integrating trees and agriculture to simultaneously contribute to income, food security, and biodiversity conservation. Farmers will plant timber and fruit trees like Neem, Acacia, Jatropha, Lemon trees, Moringa, and Tamarind trees.
Burkina Faso's ecosystems have suffered from deforestation and degradation over the last few decades. Poverty and reliance on wood for cooking has led farmers to wide scale deforestation for charcoal production and for more land to farm. To counter the downturn of environmental degradation and the loss of income for farmers, there is a need to boost biodiversity, regenerate natural resources and provide an inspirational alternative to conventional farming practices.
This will educate farmers on the importance of farming in harmony with nature. Our focus on the quality of trees planted will give every day rural farmers benefits for years to come. The trees will help protect the soil from further erosion and produce everyday needs such as timber, material for compost, animal fodder, fruits, and nuts. Helping to alleviate food and income insecurity that all farmers in the rural areas of Burkina Faso face.
This project will be a showcase for community-based approaches, valuing local knowledge and customs, and taking a collective view on the local ecosystem. This will scale because it will inspire neighboring villages to start planting trees and regenerate an even bigger area. This will alleviate the humanitarian crisis of food insecurity that Burkina Faso faces and economically empower farmers through regenerative agriculture practices.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).