A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Burkina Faso relies on subsistence agriculture to meet the basic needs of a large part of the population. Environmental challenges such as land degradation and desertification particularly affect the northern semi-arid provinces, meaning that the most vulnerable groups struggle with food security.
And increasing food prices since 2007 mean that improvements in food access and availability are even more important. Local food reserves can make a significant contribution to community-based food security strategies.
This case study describes the experience of a community-based organization (Association Aidons l’Afrique Ensemble) in the establishment and management of local food security reserves in the department of Rambo, Burkina Faso.