Burkina Faso has some of the lowest human development indicators in terms of life expectancy, educational attainment and income. This Sahelian country receives less than 24 inches of rain annually. Droughts and desertification severely impact agricultural activities and the economy. Over 80 percent of Burkina Faso’s 17 million inhabitants are engaged in subsistence agriculture and many lack access to modern farming techniques.
Nearly 7 million people in Burkina Faso are battling hunger every day. In 2011 and 2012, Burkina Faso was one of the hardest hit of the Sahelian countries that experienced massive, wide-spread crop failures due to drought.
Our Work in Burkina Faso
The Hunger Project has been working in Burkina Faso since 1997 and has been incredibly successful, empowering nearly 211,000 people in 15 Epicentre communities to end their own hunger and poverty. Through its integrated approach to rural development, the Epicentre Strategy, The Hunger Project is enabling people to access basic services needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and lead self-reliant lives.
Increasing Food Production
The Hunger Project in Burkina Faso is committed to building the capacity of rural farmers through sharing new technologies and agricultural inputs.
Across all Epicentres, people are increasing yields of up to 50 percent through the use of microdose technology: the application of a small dose of fertiliser inserted directly into the seedbed. Not only is this method affordable to farmers, but it allows them to store stocks and sell them during the off-season when market prices are invariably higher. This is a best practice in increasing household incomes which is now being replicated in other Hunger Project programme countries.
Increasing Access to Financial Institutions
Access to microloans is one of the most effective ways to mitigate the harsh and arid environment of their landlocked country. A small loan can help a rural woman food farmer expand her income-generating activity, and as a result, increase her household income.
The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso has implemented a strong microfinance programme. Through the programme, women throughout Burkina Faso are becoming economic players in their households and effective leaders in their communities.
In 2012 The Hunger Project disbursed 3,326 loans through our Microfinance Programme to a value of £352,102; Partners have accumulated £360,000 in their savings accounts since we began our Microfinance Programme.
Five microfinance programmes have now graduated to government-recognised women-led and owned rural banks in five Epicentre communities.
Profits from microfinance programmes and newly established rural banks continue to be reinvested locally in each Epicentre Community.
Meet Evariste our Country Director in Burkina Faso, learn more about the key initiatives that are empowering people to end their own hunger or take action now and get involved and support us to end world hunger in Burkina Faso!