One season for food all year round
Burkina Faso has only one raining season from May to September, which allows only one harvest per year. This is not enough to ensure food security for the population. Indeed, more than two thirds of Burkinabes in the Centre-North live below the poverty line and malnutrition remains a priority issue.
A solution : irrigated market gardening
APIL’s mission is to equip market garden perimeters with modern irrigation equipment. It operates in 5 communes spread over 2 regions:
- Central Plateau : Loumbila and Zitenga
- Centre-North: Kaya, Pissila and Boussouma
Producers are organised in groups, whose main role is to manage collective equipment (motor pumps). The groups are themselves federated into 5 unions, which organise the grouped sale of products.
In parallel with irrigated market gardening, APIL also supports food production through the installation of anti-erosion devices in rain-fed fields, such as stone barriers. In order to promote sustainable development, APIL encourages producers to adopt agro-ecological methods.
APIL also promotes the participation of young people and women through various activities:
- Awareness raising workshops
- Public Speaking Training
APIL & SOS FAIM
Since 2008, the partnership between APIL and SOS Faim has recorded very encouraging results :
- Irrigated areas and market garden productions (mainly onions and tomatoes) are increasing every year
- Three production sites benefit from the "organic PGS" label, allowing producers to get higher prices for their products, while working in a healthier environment
- Grouped marketing is developing: more than 3,000 producers benefit from additional income, offering better living conditions to their families
- Two agro-ecological centres strengthen the capacities of young people and women in their agricultural, livestock and beekeeping activities
What prospects ?
Prospects are encouraging:
- Every year new areas are developed and new producers (about 125 per year) are integrated into the project
- Two warehouses recently built should enable market gardeners to store onions for a few months, so they can sell them when prices are more favourable
- A project for the handmade processing of tomatoes is also under study
- Demand for healthy vegetables is growing in large cities
- Producers are getting more organised, with union sales managers participating in trade fairs and using social networks to communicate with buyers
The years 2018 and 2019 expreienced a severe humanitarian crisis with terrorist attacks in villages and shops, causing the displacement of thousands of people. These demographic movements are complicating APIL’s work in areas which receive people from the most troubled zones. However, our partner seeks to expand its activities in order to respond to these new challenges.
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