Yacouba Sawadogo, the man who planted a forest in the desert

Yacouba Sawadogo from Burkina Faso is a simple farmer who has managed to regenerate a forest in a desert area for over twenty years.  What is amazing is that Yacouba has managed to do this with simple and basic farming techniques in an area of 30 acres. His methods have surprised the local population, because Yacouba used only seeds, compost, an axe and a shovel.What he does is dig holes in the ground, puts compost and then puts the seeds in. According to odditycetral.com, his method comes from the ancient African farming practice called zai, a method that improves soil quality.

His story has drawn the attention of film maker Mark Dodd, who filmed a documentary on Yacouba Sawadogo’s story, called ” The man who stopped the desert”, . The movie has drawn attention to his work and thus attracted donations, thus Yacouba is able now to promote other projects such as the use of stone bounds so that the water will flow slowly in the ground.


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