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Burkina Faso: Reforestation in the North

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On 14 August, a local NGO AFDR held a ceremony for the launch of a reforestation campaign in the north region of Burkina Faso. The reforestation campaign is part of WFP’s cash for asset activities. Pictured above is Mamadou Diouf, WFP Deputy Country Director on the far right and on the right, Dr Amadou Sidibé, Director of Market Development of agricultural products at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. The theme of the campaign is: "Reforestation to improve soil quality and boost agricultural production."


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Women of Cissin village listen attentively to the speeches at the ceremony. They will participate in the reforestation campaign through WFP’s cash for assets activities.

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Some school students of Cissin village attended the ceremony and wore WFP tee-shirts."I am very happy to wear a new shirt from WFP on this great day," said one of the students.

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Mamadou Diouf, WFP Burkina Faso Deputy Country Director, makes a speech at the launch ceremony. " WFP is determined to improve food security, increasing access of vulnerable households to a sufficient and varied diet. Working with farmers, through activities such as this one, is crucial in this effort”, he said.

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Mamadou Diouf, WFP Deputy Director, is interviewed by journalists after the launch of the reforestation campaign. On his left, is the Mayor of Ouahigouya town, Gilbert Noël Ouedraogo.
"It is important to protect and improve the soil through tree planting, which will result in higher crop yields and feed people now and in coming generations. These goals are completely in line with WFP’s goals. "

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Tree planting by Mr. Aboubacar Relwendé Sawadogo, President of the North region Council, in front of some officials and, Cissin villagers. Trees will be planted by the beneficiaries of WFP Cash for Assets activities alongside the stone walls they built earlier in the year. The trees will protect the fields against runoff and soil erosion.

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Mamadou Diouf, WFP Deputy Director, plants a tree with some assistance from other participants at the ceremony.
This year, AFDR plans to plant 400,000 trees on about 670 hectares, including species such as acacia and neem, which are adapted to the region’s ecological conditions, as well as other trees such as baobab and nere, which bear highly nutritious fruit.

Reforestation campaign ceremony launching in the village of Cissin in Burkina Faso’s Yatenga Province in the North region, organized by l’Association Formation Développement Ruralité (AFDR) with WFP on 14 August 2013