The towns of Tibga (population 11,500) and Diabo (population 43,500) are in the province of Gourma in the east of the country, while Goughin (population 35,000) and Baskouré (population 11,500) are in the Kouritenga province in the eastern centre.
100,000 people helped directly
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. The climate of the Sahel makes agricultural production very difficult, and the country has few economic resources.
Iles de Paix has been present here since 1982. First in Yalogo in the north, and then in the east since 2000.
Eighty percent of the population live from farming and livestock. They are heavily dependent on the rains, which only fall for three months a year. What’s more, the soil is poor. Crop yields are meagre.
Families are short of food and drinking water. Access to school is difficult for many children.
Iles de Paix solutions since 2001
- Increasing the production and sustainability of production systems: sustainable family agriculture growing cereals and vegetables.
- Buildings dams to collect rainwater and irrigate fields during the dry season.
- Raising nutritional awareness through the PRESAM project.
- Working on soil fertility: intercropping, adapted crop techniques (zaï, half-moon), stone bunds…
- Keeping hay in haylofts.
- Poultry farming: 150 henhouses built and 150 farmers trained through the PRESAM project.
- Action research: sheep fattening and combining poultry with goat farming.
- Helping women to start a business.
- Improving families’ daily lives.
Improving sustainable family agriculture
Dam building generates reserves of water that can be used during the nine-month dry season. This water is used to water livestock and irrigate fields downstream, where farmers cultivate rice, vegetables and traditional cereals. First for their own consumption, and then to sell.
Low stone and earth dikes retain water in basins created for rice cultivation. This technique provides yields of four tonnes per hectare, compared with 1.5 tonnes using traditional rainfed rice cultivation. About a hundred hectares have been developed, representing significant potential production. Iles de Paix has given provided local support to rice growers – supplying high-quality seed, technical training, setting up rice nurseries etc.
Improving livestock breeding
Over 700 producers have taken training courses on forage cultivation, cutting and conservation. 25 haylofts have been built. Today, Iles de Paix concentrates essentially on supporting small livestock breeders, focusing particularly on poultry. In the coming years, improving the integration of agriculture and livestock will be encouraged.
Improving women’s incomes
To enable women to develop small-scale business activities to provide additional income, Iles de Paix supports women who want to develop cash-generating activities. Working with its local partners, Iles de Paix trains these women in production techniques and financial management for their business. They receive local support to ensure they take on board the techniques they have learned.
By the end of 2015, this initiative had assisted 400 women through the PRESAM project.