Burkina Faso: Growing Agricultural Families
This comprehensive agricultural and horticulture training program provides capacity building not only for aspiring young farmers but also their wives and families, thereby providing dual sources of financial support for families. After two years, the graduates serve as disseminators of agricultural information and best practices to rural villages.
Project CLIMA in Beregadougou, Burkina Faso, is a successful agricultural training center of the De La Salle Christian Brothers for young families. The project trains 24 families of farmers (with wives and children) how to farm productively, utilize the most modern techniques, and become financially self-sufficient. The program admits married couples between 22 and 35 years of age who have farms of their own and who wish to spend two years training of agricultural training at the CLIMA. This agricultural project is modeled on a successful TAMI Project in northern Togo. CLIMA involves 60 hectares of land on the main farm and 100 hectares at a satellite location 12 km away.
There are multiple workshops on the property: carpentry, mechanics, and clothing (sewing). The property also has a stable for 6 steer, a chicken coup, 2 classrooms, living space for teachers, a storeroom, and a garage for farm equipment, a piggery, and a fish hatchery. Both men and women receive instruction in how to manage a farm.
CLIMA has recently been evaluated by INADES, an African independent organization specializing in agricultural development which rated the program highly and complimented its efforts to provide agricultural capacity to the savannah region.
Because the families come with their children, there is need to have a childcare center for the youngsters. Mothers assist with this and keep the kids busy inside with some instruction and outside playing on the grounds. At this point, there are 34 children on the grounds; only four go to school at the public school. Two full-time childcare women oversee this child care center.
Upon graduation, both the men and the women have the capacity to be self-sufficient and to provide knowledgeable assistance to other families in their local areas.
The CLIMA center is in need of funds to expand its programs to other capable young couples that would like to take advantage of the program. Y
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