The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up.
In this week’s news, farmers in Burkina Faso take a risk, South Africa appoints a new Minister of Finance, and Burundi’s crisis continues.
Farmers In Burkina Faso Reject Industrial Farming
Farmers in Burkina Faso are taking what they call a “risk worth taking” on agro-ecology. Although large-scale industrial farming is the most productive form of farming, it can be destructive and the food produced does not always end up in the hands of those who need it the most.
The farmers in Burkina Faso believe that agro-ecology is a solution that will benefit them. It focuses on small-scale, local farms that will provide for a family or community and combat malnutrition. The techniques used not only provide food, they also improve the quality of the farming land without the use of expensive fertilizers by collecting rain water and irrigating the fields. They are are simple, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly.