The limitation of pesticide contamination and introduction of sustainable agricultural practices in Burkina Faso

A project to expand information and awareness raising about the pesticide PRECOGRN-2 to two new communities in the Tanghin-Dassouri region brought the total number of villages involved to 53. Approximately 60,000 inhabitants are being taught about the risks of uninformed pesticide use in agriculture. This includes teaching producers about non-toxic, sustainable, and CO2-neutral farming methods which lead, at the same time, to reduced environmental pollution, improved population health, better food security and reduced negative impacts on the climate.

These sensitization and awareness raising programmes build understanding of chemical pesticides’ potentially adverse impacts on health and the environment. Training on how to introduce alternative, environmentally sound agricultural practices have been received with great interest, and follow-up missions to the communities show that those trained continue to improve their knowledge, adapt new composting techniques and spread practices to their neighbours.

The new techniques provide good compost after only two months, whereas old methods took up to six months. Thanks to these interventions, no pesticides need to be used at all in many of the areas affected and beneficiaries have asked for additional training. Furthermore, the initiative to support women’s groups turned out to be a great success, and there are clear opportunities for synergy and sharing experiences.