In 2014, The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso team attended meetings and trainings to improve their leadership skills and set clear goals, as well as lead food security and women’s empowerment workshops. The leadership team participated in a The Hunger Project Africa Department conference in Uganda, bringing home new tools, techniques and goals for their epicenters. The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso also led food security workshops on new farming techniques and spearheaded two new women’s empowerment trainings.
The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso organized an event on micro-dose technology at Boulkon Epicenter. The activity gathered a large number of producers from the Arbollé and Kirsi municipalities, the Zones of Technical Support’s leaders (ZTS) of Arbollé and Kirsi, and the Village Development Advisers (VDA). The activity was built around two fields of beans, one of which benefited from the micro-dose while the other field did not, allowing farmers to appreciate the effect of micro-dose technology on the crops in comparison to crops grown by traditional methods. The producers also received advice on the use of improved seeds, organic manure, associations of crops, rotations of crops, phytosanitary products, approved weed-killers, and warrantage.
In 2014, The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso saw the success of two Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) workshops at Boulkon and Vowogdo epicenters. The workshop at Boulkon epicenter assembled 36 people, 27 women and 9 men, representing the 16 villages of the epicenter. The workshop focused on hygiene, including factors that impact health, food preservation measures, and techniques for maintaining proper hygiene in the household. The WEP workshop at Vowogdo epicenter focused on violence against women and girls. Sixty-eight people, 52 women and 16 men, participated in the workshop, enhancing their understanding of issues such as the rights of women and girls, domestic violence, violence against children, the scale of violence against women and girls in Burkina Faso, legal repercussions for perpetrators of violence, prevention against violence, and the community’s role in taking action against violence. This workshop demonstrated The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso’s commitment to improving the status of women at the epicenter level.
The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso participated in a number of staff development and capacity building opportunities to further the team’s work in leading the various epicenters in Burkina Faso to become self-reliant.
The Country Director and National Program Officer of The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso attended the Africa Department Conference in Uganda. The objective of this conference was to reach a consensus on the indicators for self-reliance in all epicenters. This conference provided a space for in-person collaboration and rich discussions which enabled participants to create clear, measureable self-reliance targets. These meetings gave the team opportunities to enhance their strategies in program implementation so that self-reliance remains a top priority.
Prior to the meetings in Uganda, The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso staff partook in a team workshop in Kombissiri. The gathering allowed personnel to discuss the epicenters’ progression towards self-reliance as well as the roles that team members will take in accomplishing this goal in the future.
In addition, a regional office was opened in late 2014 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in order to support the work of The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso and the Africa Department.