38 families from the small village of Gourcy in the north of Burkina Faso have once again greened 3 hectares of desert. They know it will be a difficult year. They know that, especially now, their work is a lifeline not only for them, but for the entire local community. Farming is now the most important weapon in the fight against the anticipated famine. The tools you provide to the people in our care are now worth more than ever!
Burkina Faso is struggling with attacks from Islamic extremists, which have forced millions of inhabitants of the northern part of the country to leave their homes. An additional threat are the increasingly severe droughts linked to global warming. The war in Ukraine also adds a new and frightening dimension to the famine of which the World Food Programme warned earlier this year. 2022 will be dire.
Burkina Faso imports more than half of its demand for wheat from Russia and Ukraine. The Russians have taken between 400,000 and up to 500,000 tonnes of grain out of the occupied Ukrainian territories, making importers in Africa and the Middle East their hostages. Ukrainian depots that have not been damaged by the fighting are full of grain. However, farmers have nowhere to store the next harvest, which will start at the end of June and could go to waste as a result. Ukrainians also lack the fuel and manpower to sow the fields. Russia, in turn, may experience a shortage of seeds and pesticides, which it usually buys from the European Union. If nothing changes, there will be a famine, with African and Middle Eastern people being the first victims.
Of course, political solutions are needed above all to help end the war and establish lasting peace, but every one of us can help in a very concrete way right now! The people of the village of Gourcy in northern Burkina Faso need us very much! We need to quickly provide the garden with tools and seeds, deepen the wells and expand the area so that even more food can be produced.
This is a time when gardening tools can save someone’s life! Join us in the fight against hunger and donate gardening tools to one more family!