Burkina Faso: Forest once provided all they needed, now Women are regrowing these forests

The need to plant and manage the region’s tree stocks is becoming increasingly important, Mr Hill says. “If you go back several decades, the wild tree resources were rich enough for villagers to get more or less all of the products they needed without having to plant trees.

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Burkina Faso is a landlocked nation in West Africa. It is surrounded
by six countries: Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the
south east, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d’Ivoire to the
south west. Its size is 274,000 km² with an estimated population of
more than 13,200,000. Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, it
was renamed on August 4, 1984, by President Thomas Sankara to mean
“the land of upright people” in Moré and Dioula, the major native
languages of the country. Literally, “Burkina” may be translated, “men
of integrity,” from the Moré language, and “Faso” means “father’s
house” in Dioula. From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkina_Faso


“Now, growing populations and an erratic climate means that villages
have to invest in trees, rather than letting nature do its own thing.”
However, it is not simply the case of telling people to plant saplings
and sitting back and waiting for them to grow.

Some cultures, Mr Hill reveals, have traditionally considered planting fruit trees as taboo: “People believed that if you planted a tree, you were bound to die before it bore fruit.”

But he says one of the biggest challenges is the issue of land tenure. “For farmers, it is like a declaration of ownership. Planting trees says ‘this is my land and it is going to be mine for a long time’. “For many people, it is difficult to negotiate adequate secure tenure and get permission from all of the relevant authorities.” This is one area where Tree Aid has been focusing its efforts, especially for women, who generally are not allowed to own land.

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