Burkina Faso

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Country Initiatives Details

African Adaptation Research Centres: Irrigation and Climate Information in Burkina Faso

Canada’s Total Contribution: $1,280,000

Targeted Countries: Burkina Faso

Funding Period: 2010/2011

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

This contribution is part of Canada's $10 million Fast-start contribution to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to support the African Adaptation Research Centres Initiative. The project supported the reduction of food insecurity to farmers in the Sahel region, an area that has experienced a decline in rainfall and a high degree of variability to the start of rainy seasons.

Results/Expected Outcomes

Canada's contribution to this project has resulted in research that highlighted the importance of providing farmers with a low-cost irrigation option to cope with drought. Through the Ministry of Water and Agriculture, the government began promoting a country-wide initiative on rain water harvesting, with a cash-for-work program aiming to build 10,000 water collection basins by the end of 2013. Over 4,000 basins had already been built as of September 2013. Preliminary findings also show a clear increase in yield of up to 30% for sorghum and maize in all plots using the water from the basins.

Canada Fund for African Climate Resilience: Climate Resilience Project in Boucle du Mouhoun

Canada’s Total Contribution: $2,500,630

Targeted Countries: Burkina Faso

Funding Period: 2012/2013

Delivery Partner(s):

  • Union des producteurs agricoles - Développement International and Fondation Jules et Paul-Émile Léger

Description

Through the $23.2 million Canada Fund for African Climate Resilience, Canada provided support to activities that aimed at improving, in a sustainable way, the food security of the targeted area through the development of agriculture. This project was implemented in Burkina Faso’s Boucle du Mouhoun region where farm groups and families, and more specifically women and youth, are particularly vulnerable.

Results/Expected Outcomes

With support from Canada’s contribution this project expects to:
  • increase agricultural productivity and agricultural diversification by women and adolescents in the Boucle du Mouhoun region;
  • increase farm incomes for women and adolescents
  • improve the adoption of agro-environmental innovations to better combat desertification
  • increase use of renewable energy on farms

As of September 2013, 700 beneficiaries had received the necessary support and equipment to improve their farming installation; 7146 kg of seeds and 59,800 kg of fertilizer were distributed to participants of the project along with technical training; and, 71 biogas digesters had been constructed and 92 were under construction, benefitting 163 families who have being trained on the operation and necessary safety measures of the equipment.

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