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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

Project presentation note

Inades-Formation implements a project that consists in identifying in African countries, actors (NGOs / Development associations, research institutes, farmers’ organisations, schools / academic institutions, individuals) and to capitalise their experiences, in two following fields:

  • Practices related to the adaptation of rural populations to climate change and / or mitigation / softening of its effects;
  • Inclusive1 Local Governance Initiatives for populations’ resilience to Climate Change;

Focus will be placed on experiences ensuring the participation of rural women or responding to their needs.

The project covers the period 2019-2020. The area of intervention is spread over three regions of Africa (West, Central and East), with a concentration on the following countries: Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Chad, Cameroon, DR Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi and Tanzania

Concretely, it will deal with identifying actors who have experiences in one or in two categories of themes and to accompany them to document learning shareable according to the work carried out and the effects triggered within the community.

Actors-bearers of experiences in these two fields or one of these fields will be selected on the basis of a call for proposals. Thus, the best actors-bearers of experiences will be selected on the basis of their technical content, professional reference and financial proposal to document an experience.

At least 25 experiences in each of these fields (at least 50 experiences in total) will be selected. The diversity of actor-bearers, experiences and countries will be preferred as much as possible.

Thus, actors-bearers of experiences selected will be initiated to the methodology to follow to capitalise their experiences. They will benefit from a financial aid for the work expected by experience selected for capitalisation.

This work will allow the transformation of these experiences into shareable knowledge, valorisation of exemplary actions, emulation and scaling up in African countries and elsewhere. Products (written and audiovisual media) will be made available to each actor and disseminated on a large scale through different channels.

A directory of actors-bearers of experiences will be constituted. Then, an electronic platform of these actors-bearers will be set up and animated to continue a dynamic exchange of experiences.

To make capitalised experiences accessible to the general public and thus enhancing the work of the actors who bear them, the products of capitalisation will be summarised in the form of sheets of presentation which will be proposed. Then there will be a summary in one publishable document.

Some exemplary experiences will be selected to produce audio-visual aids. Edited videos will be compiled on a single audio-visual aid and shared.

The media produced will be widely disseminated through digitisation, put online, different channels – the organisation of a public conference, participation in public events for exhibition-distribution, network exploitation in which Inades-Formation and the actors of the project campaign, the contribution of their partners. Radio and television broadcasts are also envisaged.

Program of Support to Economic Initiatives Contributing to the Ecological and Social Transformation of Rural Territories (PAIES)

Since January 2016, Inades-Formation Burundi is implementing the “Program of Support to Economic Initiatives Contributing to the Ecological and Social Transformation of Rural Territories”, in acronym PAIES.

It is a regional program implemented in the Sahel and the Great Lakes region, which is being implemented by 5 partner organizations in Burundi, Rwanda and North Kivu in the DRC.

Inades -Formation Burundi ensures the follow-up and coordination of the program in its region.

The aim is to validate local experiments on agro-ecological practice, with exchanges of experience for the benefit of the less experienced organizations. In other words, it is a question of building an agro-ecological approach with all partners, in a learning logic, through exchanges of experiences, capitalization work, learning from successes, Failures and create collective expertise.

The beneficiaries of the actions are the agri-breeders and fishermen who are members of the Community Organizations (CBOs) and Peasant Organizations (OPs), accompanied by the hills of Nyamugari and Kigoma and more generally the households of the said hills.

Financial Partners

  • CCFD – Land of solidarity
  • AFD