Activities

Use of a revolving distribution system to restock ruminants to vulnerable households in Burkina Faso

  • This activity involves distributing female goats or sheep to the poorest households so that once those animals give birth and the babies are weaned, the animal is passed on to another beneficiary. This distribution system is based on a traditional process called habbanayé, where better-off families temporarily lend animals to more vulnerable households.
  • Targets mostly women

Animal fattening in Mali and Niger

  • This activity provides access to loans in order to purchase both animals and feed at local markets, fatten the animals over several months. When the animal is sold, beneficiaries are able to repay the loan with interest. The most vulnerable women participating in animal fattening receive animal feed during the lean season to support their cost of fattening.
  • Targets women but men are participating in beef activities as well.

Improved seed distribution and production in Burkina Faso

  • Beneficiaries are trained on preparation, spacing/isolation, weeding, treatments/integrated pest management and other government norms for certified seed production. Seed multipliers are also offered refresher trainings.
  • Targets new local seed multipliers

Production of seed for animal fodder (training and multiplication) in Burkina Faso

  • This activity provides training on preparation, spacing/isolation, weeding, integrated pest management and training on other government norms for achieving certified seed production.
  • Targets local fodder seed multipliers

Development of a matching fund for bulk animal feed purchase in Mali

  • Offer a challenge grant to beneficiaries consisting of a five-to-one cash “match”, to purchase feed in bulk for resale, for any funds raised by Union members.
  • Targeted Union Tamani in Mali exclusively

Identification and training of animal health agents in Burkina Faso and Niger

  • Volunteers are trained as resource persons to help teach farmers improved techniques for the production of sorghum, millet and cowpeas, which include proper timing, adequate spacing, fertilization, soil and water conservation, pest management, harvesting, post-harvest handling and storage.
  • This activity targets local farmers who then reach neighboring farmers

Visits and/or farmer field days to demonstrate improved crop production techniques in Burkina Faso

  • Utilizing formal visits, or “farmer field days”, and other community-wide events to showcase the successful production techniques of farmers, educate peer farmers, demonstrate innovations and show the costs of inputs, expected yields and potential profit margins.

Radio broadcasts on crop and animal production techniques in Mali

  • The radio broadcasts focus on a number of topics including agriculture extension activities, post-harvest processing and educating the community on project issues such as reforestation.

Training, mobilization and application of soil and water conservation techniques in Burkina Faso and Niger

  • Train beneficiaries in techniques for soil and water conservation and provide tools and materials (such as stones, pickaxes and shovels) for them to become proficient in techniques learned during training.

Production of plants in Niger

  • Train tree nursery managers on seed identification, collection, germination and nursery maintenance and management. The Environmental Department provides training and ongoing technical support to nursery managers throughout the production cycle.

Construction and/or upgrading of storage warehouses in Burkina Faso and Mali

  • Providing simple, cost-effective storage facilities to help farmers store excess crops since production has increased recently.

Production of animal feed blocks in Niger

  • This activity builds on the demand for sustainable feed block processing operations and support the implementation of the operating CBO’s business plan and pricing strategy. Technical support is offered to ensure sustainable operations, including sourcing local inputs and marketing and distribution strategies.

Training on market-oriented animal production in Mali and Niger

  • Provide training to beneficiaries regarding market-oriented production. Topics include production planning, targeted animal selection, hygiene and health and feeding for sale when live animal prices peak.
  • Targets women

Training in business skills and marketing in Burkina Faso and Mali

  • To ensure better returns, beneficiaries are trained on business skills and planning for bulk input provision as well as bulk sales of surplus agricultural production.

Training and promoting access to financial services (savings associations and credit/loan options) in Burkina Faso and Mali

  • Educate members about savings, credit andloan options (including loan products, credit lines and interest rates). Beneficiary leaders also receive training on credit management and reimbursement to help them decide if external credit for production equipment and inputs (such as organic fertilizers, improved seeds or tools) best fits their needs.
  • Targets CBO leaders

Commercialization of dry cereals and strengthening cereals reserves in Burkina Faso and Niger

  • Different financial mechanisms are utilized to help CBOs continue to accumulate the surplus production of members at harvest and help them receive higher prices for their crops.

Rehabilitation of a milk processing plant in Mali

  • This activity is designed both to help LWR’s CBO partner in Mali, Union Tamani, assume the management of a milk processing plant and provides a market for milk produced by its members. This activity creates a greater incentive for agropastoralists to take care of their animals and increase their productivity.

Strengthen the capacity of sub-grantee technical and management staff in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger

  • This activity aims to strengthen the capacity of LWR’s sub-grantees in order to provide the technical expertise, coordination support and the administrative and financial management necessary to extend new services to members while providing programming to other community members.
  • Targets project trainers

Cross-regional learning in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger

  • Facilitate learning events for project and sub-grantee staff to help foster knowledge sharing and peer learning.
  • Targets leaders/technical staff

Training in governance and leadership in Burkina Faso and Mali

  • Improve the’ institutional systems of the CBOs and strengthen services provided to member farmers.
  • Targets leaders

Training on dissemination of information to members, including support for statutory meetings in Mali and Niger

  • In addition to providing ongoing technical support, this activity also provides coaching or mentoring to previously trained leaders in planning for meetings and other events, developing regular meeting minutes, and strategies and to disseminate information among members.
  • Targets project trainers

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