Drissa Banihou thought the land his family had worked for a quarter century was dead.
Four of the 10 acres he had farmed in the community of Tchériba, Burkina Faso, had borne no crops in five years because of drought conditions. Drissa, 31, wondered how he was going to support his wife and children, ages 5 and 2.
But this year, that land has come back to life. With the help Lutheran World Relief and our partners, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded project, SESAme, he and his extended family produced 80 tons of sesame.
Now, Drissa is planning for a brighter future for his farm — and his family. The transformation is nothing short of a miracle. And to think he had nearly given up.
After many seasons of frustration, the family had moved on from the land with the idea of cultivating it later, but that hadn’t worked. When he returned to it and still had nothing to show for his labor, Drissa began to despair.