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Source: allafrica.com, Publication: Wed 29 Jun 2016

Les agriculteurs du Burkina Faso Soyez créatif pour faire face à la sécheresse


Les agriculteurs du Burkina Faso Soyez créatif pour faire face à la sécheresse


Les agriculteurs du Burkina Faso Soyez créatif pour faire face à la sécheresse

Drought-prone Burkina Faso finds ways to help those most vulnerable to climate extremes

Rural Burkina Faso is battling more frequent and ever-longer droughts. The dry season, which traditionally lasted from mid-February to June, is increasingly extending into July and August, delaying the start of much-needed rainfall for planting.

Crops frequently dry up or are attacked by insect pests, rendering most of the harvest useless.

Farmers in the country's northern Passoré province are getting a helping hand through one-day "plant clinics", which allow them to bring in damaged crops for a consultation.

The initiative is part of the Building Resilience to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme, supported by Britain's Department for International Development.

Erik Dirkx, who works for Welthungerhilfe, a German charity that, along with other partners, helped establish the plant clinic system, said the programme is gaining in popularity.

"The plant clinics took a while to get off the ground but are starting to bear fruit," he said. "The farmers we speak to appreciate getting expert advice that's available to them locally."

TACKLING MALNUTRITION

 

In a country where over 80 percent of the population relies on subsistence agriculture, persistent droughts also have big implications for hunger.

 
 

According to the Food Agriculture Organisation, acute malnutrition in the Sahelian north stands at 9.4 percent for children under five, with over 10 percent considered a serious emergency.

To remedy this, over 100 women from eight villages in the Passoré province are attending twice-a-month nutritional awareness classes taught by volunteers from the local communities.

The classes are part of another BRACED initiative led by Christian Aid, among other non-governmental organisations.

Marie Illy, who teaches one of the outdoor classes in the village of Toessin, shows a group of 30 women, infants and a few men sitting on rugs how to prepare nutritious porridge using millet flour, groundnuts and water.

Farmers in the country's northern Passoré province are getting a helping hand through one-day "plant clinics", which allow them to bring in damaged crops for a consultation.

The initiative is part of the Building Resilience to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme, supported by Britain's Department for International Development.

Erik Dirkx, who works for Welthungerhilfe, a German charity that, along with other partners, helped establish the plant clinic system, said the programme is gaining in popularity.

"The plant clinics took a while to get off the ground but are starting to bear fruit," he said. "The farmers we speak to appreciate getting expert advice that's available to them locally."

TACKLING MALNUTRITION

 

In a country where over 80 percent of the population relies on subsistence agriculture, persistent droughts also have big implications for hunger.

 
 

According to the Food Agriculture Organisation, acute malnutrition in the Sahelian north stands at 9.4 percent for children under five, with over 10 percent considered a serious emergency.

To remedy this, over 100 women from eight villages in the Passoré province are attending twice-a-month nutritional awareness classes taught by volunteers from the local communities.

The classes are part of another BRACED initiative led by Christian Aid, among other non-governmental organisations.

Marie Illy, who teaches one of the outdoor classes in the village of Toessin, shows a group of 30 women, infants and a few men sitting on rugs how to prepare nutritious porridge using millet flour, groundnuts and water.


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