Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Burkina Faso: Waiting for the rain
Weather patterns are becoming more unpredictable in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso. Farmers say the rainy season that once began regularly in June is often delayed and when the rain finally does come the sudden force and volume of water can cause flooding and destroy crops. To help farmers adapt to these changes, a number of IFAD-supported projects are working together with farmers to develop soil and water retention techniques. These efforts have not only helped green nearly 300,000 hectares of drought-prone land but helped farmer actually produce more food despite the decline in rainfall.