Summaries of HUNGER PROJECTS in Africa
Working with LWR Partners
Burkina FasoNiessega Vegetable Production Project
Partners: LWR and Etre Comme Les Autres (ECLA)
Historically, the Niessega area in Northern Burkina Faso was a highly productive area until a National Road was built in the early 1990s. Due to this road construction, the region has experienced frequent flooding, which has disrupted agricultural production and other economic activities and led to a steady exodus from the region by economically productive people. Measures have been taken to address the flooding problem, but action is also needed to assist the local population, especially the youth and women, in getting back to previous levels of production and income generation.
GOAL: As a result of the flooding, the Niessega youth have been forced to migrate in order to survive economically. This project is designed to contribute to the economic rehabilitation of this region and curb this constant relocation. This long-term goal will be achieved through activities including support to expanded vegetable production and marketing via provision of access to land, water and other agricultural inputs, as well as development and training of a local project management committee to encourage local ownership of sustainable enterprises. 720 growers will directly benefit from this project. 9,000 may indirectly benefit from economic aid and training.
OBJECTIVES: LWRs partner ECLA will:
" Select and train 360 people each year (2/3 of which will be women and youth) in the areas of functional literacy, PMB wells technology, participatory rural appraisal methodology, economic activity, management and technical aspects of vegetable production and marketing.
" Develop, partition and distribute vegetable production plots to these project participants over the 12-hectare area to be used for production.
" Design and implement a revolving credit program, which will be managed by a local Credit Management Committee (CMC) to provide in-kind inputs and credit to vegetable producers and promote financial self-sufficiency.
" Produce and plant 12,000 new fruit tree seedlings as wind-breakers to reduce soil erosion.
" Provide skills training to a local project management committee to implement the project and take a leading role in its monitoring and evaluation.
Total Project Support: $63,308 through 2003.
Hunger Projects : Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.
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