Jeremy Ouedraogo and Amidou Compaoré look out across the 20 hectares that have been covered in diguettes, low earth walls that retain water, constructed by a 100 person team that they lead. When the rains come, rice will be planted. In exchange for this work that boosts food security, WFP provides cash to the participants – 1,200 CFA (US$ 2.40) per day.
All the names of the participants have been recorded in a ledger by the partner organization that supervised the building of the diguettes. The organization is a local association called APDPK (Association pour la Promotion et le Développement Paysan Kog-liyan).
Julienne Ouedraogo holds the cash that she has received. “I will buy maize and sorghum with it,” she said. She is among some 22,000 people that WFP plans to provide with cash in the month of June. A total of US$1.2 million is to be distributed.