The surroundings of the Loumbila dam, 25 kilometers from the capital Ouagadougou, have been farmed for years with large quantities of chemical fertilizers, following national farming programs. Given the resulting reduction in soil fertility, local farmers have decided to join the One Thousand Gardens project to go back to sustainable farming, which is more respectful of nature and focuses on local varieties, more suited to the local climate.
Asseta Ouedraogo’s garden involves the entire family: husband Moustapha has a stable which produces the manure used as natural fertilizer, while Asseta and her daughter work the land. The 0.5 hectare plot mainly produces pulses and leaf plants, including hibiscus (used to make a thirst-quenching drink), okra (a vegetable which looks like green chili) and niebé (a variety of bean whose seeds and leaves are used in tasty soup). The surplus harvest is sold to the women sellers who work at the Ouagadougou market.
To protect seeds and sprouts from excessive sun heat, Asseta covers them with straw until they become strong enough. The family would like to reorganize the irrigation system to face seasonal climate changes and make sure that vegetables get enough water, especially during the dry months.
Loumbila, Oubritenga province, Central Plateau region