The food situation is of serious concern in parts of the Sahel, with a lot more than ten million individuals in danger of hunger. In Burkina Faso, harvests are meager. Livestock pastures are dry and with consistently high prices for food and farming inputs, degrees of hunger and poverty are increasing.
One woman lives in a village, sixty-five kilometers west of the administrative centre. She actually is pregnant with her first child, but you will find already twenty-three mouths to feed in this family. She says,
“I have the water, I gather the wood from the bush, and I mill the millet to make porridge. Following the breakfast, if I can provide it, there is certainly nothing else until the following day.”
The FAO and the European Union have already been working together since June 2009 to enhance production and enhance food security in Burkina Faso. The eighteen million euro system is benefiting 860,000 susceptible families.
Alphonse Bonou (FAO) says, “We will work on some crucial factors to enhance production, like training farmers in modern production methods. We are distributing inputs because fertilizer truly helps plants reach their potential, and most of all we provide improved seeds for the small farms here on the plateau.”
The main long – term goal would be to produce a system of multiplication and certification of high quality, locally adapted seeds. But the job also contains focus on capacity building, technical and institutional support, research, and training, in addition to efforts to build up local infrastructure.
For a few, the present crisis may become a chance. Seed producers in irrigated areas are actually in a position to improve their earnings and give, to improve food security across the nation.
Jean-Pierre Renson (FAO): I am hoping that high production levels will compensate for the following season in exposed provinces which usually do not produce as much, and are suffering because of it. By having strong crops from the other areas and better irrigated areas, this will help fill the deficit from the more riskier areas.
Seed has been improved by distributions for the following early spring, which will give 100, 000 exposed families the opportunity for a much better crop.