The Alassane community garden, which is about 130 square meters in size, is found in Yirwal village. The garden is mainly cultivated by local youth and their main crop is zucchini. The gardeners also cultivate sorrel leaves, eggplant, onions, and cabbage.
The soil is fertilized through the exclusive use of manure, while diseases are fought with natural methods, like ashes, hot peppers, and the use of other plants.
The Alassane Abate community is supported by the “Maia” association, which brought about the founding of this garden. Thanks to a bountiful zucchini harvest, the garden has acted as a stimulus for the founding of others, which are also managed by young people.
“Maia” is a local association that was created in 1994 and recognized by the government of Burkina Faso in 1998 as an NGO. Its aim is to found revenue-creating activities for the financial autonomy of women who live in rural areas. Another of the association’s primary goals is to improve the sanitary conditions of the communities with which it is involved.
For more information see their web site:
Yirwal village, Bobo-Dioulasso region