burkina faso – birds, bees & business

burkina faso – birds, bees & business

In southern Burkina Faso, many women depend on the harvesting and processing of shea nuts, a raw material for food but also for many care products. However, the habitat of the shea trees is rapidly deteriorating.

Climate change and pressure on land due to the use of pesticides and overgrazing have affected the shea tree landscape. But the processing of shea nuts by local women also has an impact on the environment. In particular, cooking the nuts on a traditional “three stone fire” means that a lot of wood is used. Soils have become less fertile and more susceptible to erosion from disappearing trees. All this has major consequences. The people who live there see their harvests, from agriculture but also from shea nuts and other crops, declining. For the migratory birds that arrive in this area after a long journey, this means that there is little to eat. There are fewer insects in the impoverished landscape. Insects are not only needed as food for the millions of migratory birds, but also for pollination of the shea trees.

Since 2018, Bird Protection and Cordaid / FairClimateFund have been working together to create a rich landscape for people and nature in the south of Burkina Faso. We plant new trees, protect existing trees from logging, stimulate biodiversity and promote sustainable entrepreneurship. This provides more food for people and birds, more insects and more yields from agriculture and shea nut production.

Project detail






The impact of the project


x thousand tons of CO₂ is reduced


x thousand more efficient cookstoves in use


x thousand people are helped

The project in detail

FairClimateFund offers local women the opportunity to use improved cooking appliances. These so-called F3PA cookstoves are made from local materials and reduce wood consumption by 23.4% and therefore the pressure on trees. The CO₂ reduction is certified as carbon credits. However, the use of the cookstoves offers even more benefits for the local women. They spend less time collecting firewood and living conditions improve because harmful smoke is reduced. Women are trained in producing and maintaining the cookstoves and in return receive a microloan with which they can set up other income-generating activities.

We also train women in a Climate Academy. Examples of activities include planting different trees, which leads to a more diverse landscape. This attracts bees and other insects, which in turn leads to better pollination and agricultural production. Women will benefit from an increase in the yield and sales of shea nuts and other (tree) products. In this way we offer future generations of women the opportunity for a sustainable income.

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