Tag Archives: Burkina Faso

“Mieux comprendre les innovations paysannes”

Georges Félix was intervieewed on farmer led-innovations at the Foire d’innovations paysannes d’Afrique de l’Ouest (West African Farmer Innovator Fair) held in May 2015 at Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Find the article on this link (unfortunately only in French!)

crédits photos : Georges Félix
Rabah Lahmar and Hamidou Sawadogo discussing about benefits and limits to the use of Piliostigma as soil amendment in semi-arid Burkina Faso. Picture taken by Georges Félix at Kamboinsé Experimental Station (2014)

From slash and burn to ‘slash and mulch’

Idrissa Ouédraogo lives in Yilou, a village of the Central Plateau of Burkina Faso, with his wife Fatimata Sawadogo, and their children Nafisatou and Felicité. They grow mainly sorghum and cowpea, and also raise chickens, sheep and goats on a plot Idrissa was given some years ago as a gift from an elder. The soil had a hard surface crust and was completely degraded (known locally as zippélé). Nothing would grow on it, not even grasses. But Idrissa had a vision. He knew he had to bring back the native vegetation if he wanted to grow food. And he knew which shrub he needed, baagandé, or camel’s foot (Piliostigma reticulatum).

Idrissa Ouédraogo showing a field with Piliostigma shrubs. Picture by Georges Félix at Yilou, Burkina Faso (2014)

Read the full story here : From slash and burn to ‘slash and mulch’



New MSc thesis subjects within the WASSA project in Burkina Faso

A PhD project started in 2013 and there are now several opportunities for doing a MSc thesis subject in Burkina Faso on soil degradation and restoration at the chairgroup of Farming Systems Ecology (FSE) of Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Check out two new thesis subjects published on the website of FSE.

Use of native woody shrubs for restoration of degraded soils in Soudano-Sahelian agro-ecosystems.htm

Assessing and mapping soil degradation in local farm communities in Soudano-Sahelian agro-ecosystems.htm

Within these subjects you can focus on one or more relevant fields like agroecology, agroforestry, soil sciences, social sciences,GIS, and modelling.