Mennonite Central Committee Canada is supporting Office de Development des Eglises (ODE) with a five-year agriculture and livelihood project in 14 villages in the commune of Oronkua, Burkina Faso.
Households in this area who depend on farming livelihoods struggle to produce enough food year-round sustainably and generate sufficient income to cover basic needs. Access to drinking water and sanitation is also a major concern. These challenges are compounded by several risks that have occurred recently including devastation of crops by army worms, animal disease, irregular rainfall, and soil erosion.
ODE will work with communities to increase food security and nutrition outcomes by building technical and farming equipment capacity to increase agricultural production through both field-based agriculture and market gardening, establish community savings groups to build local assets, facilitate access to drinking water, hygiene and sanitation systems, and build capacity on skills that increase nutrition such as the importance of dietary diversity.
Over five years, the project aims to reach 1,130 households (6,780 people) with activities.