For farmers living in Africa’s drylands, it can be difficult to get access to seeds, fertilisers and quality farming equipment. As a result, growing crops for food and income isn’t easy.
The effects of the climate crisis and unsustainable farming practices, like overgrazing of land, are making matters even worse. With little access to financial support, farmers are unable to provide for themselves and their families.
As well as improving their land and farming, the project aimed to support women to develop businesses from tree products. Through these activities, women would be able to generate an income for themselves and their families.
The project aimed to spread this sustainable approach throughout the drylands, by empowering farmers to share their new knowledge with others in their community.
The Dryland Development Programme was a six-year initiative (2013—19) funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Netherlands and World Vision Australia (WVA). We worked with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) who were the lead implementing agency, and SNV who led in three more sub-catchments in Burkina Faso.