Integration of climate-smart agriculture to farmers’ practices in Northern Burkina Faso

From May 30th to June 3rd, 2022, training sessions on climate-smart agriculture took place in three cities and several farm sites in the Northern region of Burkina Faso.

A total of 350 producers, of which more than 40% were women, were trained and participated in site visits in the villages of Ouahigouya, Rikou, Oula, Petit Samba, Bokin and Basma. This series of trainings will continue during the month of June to reach about one thousand (1000) farmers in the project’s intervention zones, the Hauts-Bassins, Centre-Ouest and Centre regions.

The regional technical advisors in charge of agriculture, livestock and environment provided these trainings to farmers. They had previously been trained as trainers on the topic by the FODEM/BETA Consortium and GGGI.

During the practical phases of the training on climate-smart agriculture, the farmers discovered water and soil conservation techniques known as Zaï and half-moon techniques that are been proven to increase the yield. These techniques allow the capturing and good infiltration of rainwater for the benefit of crops. They also regenerate soil fertility. The trainees also visited vegetable farms using a borehole equipped with a solar irrigation pumping system.

Trained producers underlined the need for support for the acquisition of climate smart farming equipment.  They are also keen to learn about techniques that have proven to help farmers cope with the negative effects of climate change.

Global Green Growth Institute supports the development of appropriate business models and partnerships with public and private actors, including financial institutions, to facilitate farmers’ and their cooperatives’ access to solar pumps.

These trainings are part of GGGI’s Solar Powered Irrigation Systems and Solar Mini-grids Promotion Project, implemented with the financial support of Denmark.