Farmer Field Schools teach farmers to better manage communal rangelands

VI’s latest project was funding a research and extension project through the Institute of the Environmental and Agricultural Research (INERA) which is the research organization of the Burkina Faso government. In the past, soil and water conservation techniques taught by development organizations have often led to a temporary recovery of degraded rangeland. However, these lands quickly become degraded once again. In this project, we sought to empower farmers in northeast Burkina Faso by teaching them through Farm Field Schools, thereby giving┬áthem the knowledge and tools to monitor their communal pasturelands. By observing the species composition of their pastures, the farmers will be able to monitor the ecological progression of deterioration/rehabilitation and adjust their grazing strategies accordingly.