From March 14 to 17, 2023, Inades-Formation Burkina organized training sessions on the manufacture and use of bokashi for 128 producers. This capacity building took place in the villages of Kagapessogo, Basbédo in the Nord region and Douré in the Plateau Central region. The objective : is to encourage farmers to adopt agro-ecological and organic practices for healthy, sustainable food.
Bokashi is a Japanese word meaning « fermented organic matter ». This is a biofertilizer obtained from a natural fermentation process involving a combination of termite mound soil, yeast, rice or corn bran, charcoal powder, ash, rice husk, sugar and manure. Training in the manufacture and use of Bokashi took place under the guidance of Inades-Formation Burkina’s Système Alimentaire Basé sur l’Agriculture Familiale program manager. Through this capacity-building, growers were able to discover a new sustainable alternative to synthetic chemical fertilizers.
These training sessions on the manufacture and use of bokashi were organized as part of the implementation of the « Bokashi » project. support for strengthening sustainable food systems, transparent governance and committed, organized youth « in the North, Central Plateau and Central regions of Burkina Faso. This project is financed by the Belgian NGO Broederlijk Delen, and aims, among other objectives, to develop sustainable and inclusive food systems that take account of the environment, climate change and social equality for small-scale producer households.
By building their capacity to make bokashi during the pre-crop season, farmers will be able to work towards obtaining the quantity of bio-inputs they need for agro-ecological production. In addition to the growers in the villages mentioned above, several other growers will benefit from the same training in other localities. Inades-Formation Burkina is working to scale up agroecology.