Inades-Formation Burkina organized from 28th to 29th May 2020 in Dédougou a reflection workshop with the Local Innovators and Community Learning Circles (CILAC). This workshop aimed at making them more operational. About twenty representatives from seven CILACs participated in this activity. It is part of the implementation by Inades-Formation Burkina of the project on repositioning food for sovereignty. This project, which is being implemented in the Boucle du Mouhoun region, benefits from financial support from Misereor.

Local Innovators and Community Learning Circles (CILAC) are groups of 4 to 5 farmers who are experiencing the same realities and changes in agro-sylvo-pastoral production. These groups are constantly experimenting with solutions to the challenges they face.

Within the framework of the implementation of the project for the enhancement of sovereignty food by Inades-Formation Burkina during the period 2017-2019, seven (07) CILACs were set up in the Boucle du Mouhoun region, including 5 in the Mouhoun province and 2 in the Kossi province. The role of these CILACs is to document their observations, identify and document alternative solutions, experiment these alternative solutions and share the learning with community members and local partners.

Group work during the workshop

The work of the workshop to define benchmarks for evaluating the value added of the services provided by CILACs in their community led to the achievement of two main results.

The first is the definition of 05 benchmarks/criteria for evaluating the added value of the services provided by CILACs. These benchmarks are as follows:

  • increase in agricultural yields through the use of the services offered by the CILACs,
    the degree of mobilization of the population around the services provided by the CILACs,
    decreased spending on modern inputs,
    the appreciation by the population of the services rendered by the CILACs,
    the solicitation of authorities (municipal and technical) for the services rendered by CILACS

The second important result achieved is the identification of the main elements of the 2020-2022 action plan for each CILAC. These main elements relate in particular to the areas of activities, the actions/activities to be carried out, the actors to be involved in carrying out the activities and the implementation period.

The Dédougou workshop was also an opportunity to improve the participants’ knowledge of the concept of CILAC, the role and responsibilities of this structure, its mode of operation and the field of activities. This reflection and training workshop represents an important step for the CILACs in the process of operationalizing their actions.

However, the low level of education of their members is a handicap for their development. To this end, reflections are underway to enable them to meet the challenges they face in their work.

Participants in the reflection and training workshop for the members of the CILACs of the Boucle du Mouhoun

Samuel SOMDA / Inades-Formation Burkina Faso

Inades-Formation Burundi, in order to increase rice production in the developed marshes, has introduced the technique of “Intensive Rice Growing System (IRS)” in the 3 rice cooperatives it supports in Maramvya in the commune of Mutimbuzi in the west of the country, and in Kabo and Kibaba in the commune of Nyanza-lac in the south of the country. One hundred and twenty (120) rice growers, members of these 3 rice cooperatives, have been trained in the SRI technique.

After the theoretical and practical training, held in December 2018 and 2019, the trained rice farmers set up control plots of about 14.5 ha in the three marshlands (Kibaba, Kabo and Maramvya). These control plots, cultivated using the SRI technique, were set up near another field cultivated without applying this method, in order to allow comparison between yields.

Theoretical training

While the average rice yield per hectare without SRI was less than 4 tons per hectare depending on the locality, the average rice yield obtained with the SRI technique was 6.5 tons per hectare. The average yield of rice obtained with the SRI technique was 6.5 tons per hectare. SRI promotes the physiological potential of rice, which can develop its capacity to form a large number of tillers. Rice production thus doubled or even tripled in terms of tonnage per hectare in the 3 rice cooperatives of Maramvya, Nyanza-lac and Kabo during the B 2018 and B 2019 growing seasons. The production obtained has thus made it possible to recoup the high investments of the hydro-agricultural works carried out in the project’s areas of action.

In view of the good results obtained during the first trials of the SRI, the number of members of the cooperatives has continued to grow, and the number of rice growers who have adopted the SRI has increased from 165 to 587.

Transplanted plot

Definite advantages for rice farmers

With the SRI method, rice farmers have realized 3 types of advantages:

  • A saving of seeds 

For one hectare, SRI requires row sowing with a seedling spacing of 25 x 25 cm and a seed quantity of 4.8 kg of seed per hectare, whereas previously rice farmers used more than 100 kg of seed per hectare.

  • An increase in rice yield per hectare

The average production recorded per hectare depends on the locality. Indeed, by respecting the conditions of physiological development of rice with SRI, for the cooperatives of Nyanza-lac (Kabo and Kibaba), the yields obtained oscillate around 8 to 9 tons per hectare, while in the cooperative of Maramvya, an average of 6 to 8 tons per hectare was obtained.

  • Saving water 

Contrary to popular belief, rice is not an aquatic plant. SRI is a minimum water rice crop. The necessary amount of water is given when needed. During the vegetative phase, a water layer of 1 cm must be maintained, and then the rice fields are emptied to oxygenate the soil.

Rice in the flowering stage

The introduction of SRI in the three cooperatives supported by Inades-Formation Burundi was carried out within the framework of the programme “Promotion of food sovereignty and women’s participation in rural Burundi”, financed by the Basque Government.

In view of the more than satisfactory results, Inades-Formation Burundi will continue to disseminate this method in all the areas where the beneficiary members of the three cooperatives cultivate rice.

Rice harvest

Inades-Formation Burundi

Inades-Formation Burkina organized a workshop in Samba, on 09 and 10 July 2020, on sectoral policies and public actions implemented at the local level. Samba is a rural commune located in the province of Passoré, a locality in the Northern region of Burkina. About fifty people took part in this workshop , including members of the Monitoring Committee at the base of Samba, representatives of Village Development Committees (VDCs), municipal councillors and representatives of technical services. Objective: To enable local development actors to effectively monitor the implementation of public policies and actions in their commune.

Thursday 08 July 2020, in the courtyard of Samba town hall, people gathered in small groups are quietly exchanging. They are there to take part in an “exchange workshop on sectoral policies and public actions implemented at local level”. This activity, initiated by Inades-Formation Burkina, is organized in collaboration with the Samaba Town Hall. Around 9:30 am, everyone is invited to join the village hall of the town hall, the workshop will begin.

It is the mayor of Samba who opens the meeting. In his words, he thanks Inades-Formation Burkina for the initiative and invites the participants to take an active part in the workshop. The first deputy mayor of Samba will say later that “this activity will remain engraved in gold letter in the archives of the Samba town hall”.

On the programme of the two-day workshop, are six papers on sectoral policies and public actions implemented at the local level followed by exchanges and the elaboration of a mini action plan for the monitoring of public policies by the Samba grassroots monitoring committee. Representatives of different technical services are invited to exchange with the participants on the realities of sectoral policies and public actions at the commune level. The sectors that will be the subject of communication are: health, environment, education, agriculture, livestock. A communication is also reserved for the town hall.

The representative of the Samba Medical Centre communicates on the policy of free health care for children from 0 to 5 years old and pregnant women.

Each of the exhibitors built their presentation on a specific policy.

For example, in the area of health, the issue of free health care for children from 0 to 5 years old and pregnant women was discussed. Concerning the environmental sector, the communication focused on the principle of environmental protection through the technique of Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR). The presentation on education focused on endogenous school canteens. The presentation on agriculture dealt with the issue of subsidizing the purchase of agricultural inputs. The town hall communicated on the acts of civil state.

Dr. OUEDRAOGO Mahamadi, Quality of Care Manager at Samba Medical Centre, the communicator for the health sector, confides his feelings at the end of the workshop: “I very much appreciate the initiative of this workshop because it will allow the population to have some information on our work in health care. I am really satisfied with the exchange.

The participants in this workshop showed great interest in the different communications. This was reflected in the multitude of questions and comments following the various presentations.

Emile DJIGUEMDE, President of the Samba Village Development Committee, says at the end of the workshop: “We are very happy with this exchange which will really contribute to the development of our commune”.  Anne Wendsida DJIGUEMDE of Samba CSB adds: “These two days of meeting that we had will surely bear fruit for the good of our commune because it opened our eyes on certain things”.

The Samba workshop on sectoral policies and public actions implemented at the local level ended with the elaboration of a mini action plan for the monitoring of public policies by the Samba Grassroots Monitoring Committee.  The organization of this workshop is part of the implementation by Inades-Formation Burkina of the Support Project for Food Sovereignty, Local Governance and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in the Northern Region. This project is financed by the Belgian NGO Broederliejk Delen.

Service Communication / Inades-Formation Burkina