Working towards equitable...
The POP-BF project kicked off with several workshop that took place in February 2018....
Agriculture is the main economic activity in Burkina Faso but the rainfed growing season is only three to five months long. Small reservoirs can transform livelihoods by reducing dry season water constraints and opening up new fish, livestock, and crop production opportunities. Since the 1900s, over 700 water reservoirs have been established across the country. The inequitable distribution of water and other agricultural resources has led to stark inequalities in costs and benefits of reservoirs amongst households and communities.
The ‘Pathways out of Poverty for Reservoir-dependent Communities in Burkina Faso (POP-BF)’ project is creating sustainable management for two reservoirs in Boulgou province in Burkina Faso. Funded by the ESRC-DFID Development Frontiers Research Fund, the POP-BF project is implemented by a consortium between Bioversity International, University of Ouaga I, King’s College London, and SNV.
Working with communities facing poverty, declining common pool resources and rising tensions between competing users, POP-BF has the following objectives:
To achieve these objectives, the project brings together local reservoir users and resource managers, including women and men farmers and herders of different ethnic groups and local organisations in 'Innovation Platforms' (IPs), face-to-face spaces for learning, exchange and negotiation. Through the platforms, stakeholders - some of whom experience conflicts of interests related to the reservoirs - identify and implement community-driven innovations to make the management of land and water, more inclusive and sustainable.
POP-BF will also use different methods including interviews, focus groups, and observation, to collect data on individual and households interests, concerns, and propositions regarding effective reservoir resource management. In collaboration with local communities and water management institutes, the project team will co-design and test locally relevant indicators and new data collection techniques to establish a reliable, locally owned reservoir monitoring system.