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Drylands Sahel Program

Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger)

Titre : Drylands Sahel Program

Pays/Région : Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger)

IATI Identifiant  : XM-DAC-7-PPR-4000003400

Durée : Planned start date : December 10, 2020 // Planned end date : December 31, 2031

The program invests in dryland agriculture in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, aiming at increased productivity, higher incomes, better diets, strengthened resilience of smallholder family farms and regeneration of degraded lands/prevention of degradation.

Main objective of the programme
Promotion of ecological sustainability of farm- and common access (zone sylvo-pastorale) land use through reinforcement of landscape management (gestion de terroir) institutions and the promotion of on-farm and landscape level technical interventions that prevent land degradation and enable a sustained production and income improvement, both for crops and animal husbandry.

Targeted geographical areas
The drylands of the agro-ecological Sudano-Sahel zone in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. The intervention area should not be too fragmented and should, where relevant, address also trans-border aspects between the three countries. The program should be elaborated per country, fitting in to national policies and linking with the relevant governmental services at regional level, as well as with other relevant donor/NGO projects.

Intervention logic :
3 different levels of decision making/intervention are at stake : Farmer household : at individual farm level many decisions are taken and techniques applied as to what crops are grown, quality of seeds and other inputs, use of organic fertilizer / compost, soil and water conservation measures, selling of surplus, etc. Farmer organizations : there are a number of individual needs and goals that are more efficiently reached when organizing one-self with others with the same need and/or complementary competences : buying, selling and transporting inputs or produce, obtaining knowledge and expertise, lobby and advocacy, etc. Community and local governments : a number of decisions and techniques to sustainably manage soils and water goes beyond individual farm households and concerns all the users of the landscape and/or all the inhabitants of the village/commune/sous-préfecture and the local authorities : erosion control in (sub-)catchments, water harvesting / small dams in valley bottoms, access to- and sustainable use of common land (pastures, woodlands), enforcement of rules and regulations, conflict resolution, etc. Each of these 3 levels of intervention needs its own approach and methodology of extension – guidance – encouraging. On all 3 levels gender issues need explicit attention. A major challenge is to reach scale on all 3 levels in a cost-effective manner.

Budget  : €100.00 mln


Objectives / Purpose of activity (pdf)

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