Although there is a shortage of food in Burkina Faso, its production is further restricted by… safety concerns. The authorities have banned the cultivation of tall cereal crops. Maize fields are a potential hiding place for jihadists and a route for their expansion southwards. Imagine how paralysing this must be in terms of fear and a real, imminent threat. For many, it means starvation.
The climate crisis and poverty are already leaving more than 14 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. 2.5 million inhabitants have fled their homes and have nowhere else to go. It is as if the populations of Warsaw and Krakow had to seek refuge in the outskirts all at once, deprived of food, shelter, work and the opportunity to return to their homes.
In our garden in Gourcy, in the north of Burkina Faso, the cucumber season is in full swing. And although all around is a harsh desert, a landscape of browns and greys, we are doing everything we can to make our place green. For this to happen, we need you now more than ever.
Going out to work in the fields is truly an act of heroism in Burkina Faso today. When fighting hunger, people risk their lives. That is why we are asking you to make the cucumber time in our garden in Burkina Faso be only literal. Let’s not take a holiday from helping. Both go wonderfully together. Thanks to our shop of good, even while relaxing on the beach, we can do good and, for example, green a piece of desert in Burkina Faso.