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[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]You must sign in to vote Read More: Yacouba Sawadogo is an exceptional man — he single-handedly managed to solve a crisis that even scientists and development organizations could not. The simple old farmer’s re-forestation and soil conservation techniques are so effective they’ve helped turn the tide in the fight against the desertification of the harsh lands in northern Burkina Faso. Over-farming, over-grazing and over population have, over the years, resulted in heavy soil erosion and drying in this landlocked West African nation. Although national and international researchers tried to fix the grave situation, it really didn’t really make much of a difference. Until Yacouba decided to take matters into his own hands in 1980. Yacouba’s methods were so odd that his fellow farmers ridiculed him. But when his techniques successfully regenerated the forest, they were forced to sit up and take notice. Yacouba revived an ancient African farming practice called ‘zai’, which led to forest growth and increased soil quality. Zai is a very simple and low-cost farming technique. Using a shovel or an axe, small holes are dug into the hard ground and filled with compost. Seeds of trees, millet or sorghum are planted in the compost. The holes catch water during the rainy season, so they are able to retain moisture and nutrients during the dry season. According to the rules of Zai, Yacouba would prepare the lands in the dry season — exactly the opposite of the local practice. Other farmers and land chiefs laughed at him, but soon realized that he is a genius. In just 20 years, he converted a completely barren area into a thriving 30-acre forest with over 60 species of trees. According to Chris Reji, a natural resources management specialist with the Center for International Cooperation, “Tens of thousands […]


  • Roger Diogo 3 years ago

    The wind blows the earth to the sea, leaving only sand, the deforestation will make all of Africa a desert,
    plus they cut the trees around the lakes, and rivers, after that the river and the lake dry up…

  • Dic Regan 3 years ago

    poorly produced and edited, unfortunatly. Great that he did it, yet there are no pictures of him. Also using a voice translater that is a robot..nononooo

  • Mahesh Nair 3 years ago

    really a unsung hero

  • Jonathan Horyczun 3 years ago

    Have you heard of a transcript

  • Judith Anne 3 years ago

    the computer voice is unpleasant.

  • Bikash Sahoo 3 years ago

    God bless you Yacouba!!

  • PermacultureDreams Wheels 3 years ago

    hes awesome.

  • Brooks Anderson 3 years ago

    It is important to note that he puts dung into the holes to both fertilize the ground + feed African TERMITES which distribute the water and oxygen into the soil. There are places which do not have these termites.

  • wang tie 3 years ago


  • cheryl Bush 3 years ago

    ( <3 )*Swayambhu Yacouba Sawadogo

  • Swarup Das 3 years ago

    hope of life

  • Amitha 3 years ago

    After I read this book "Diet for new America" by John Robbin, I learn that human diet too contribute a lot of environmental problems, e.g deforestation for animals farm.

  • Mollygaga42 3 years ago

    Over population will kill us all.

  • esteban corral 3 years ago

    Nitrogen fixing trees first Acacias, tagaste, Mesquite, prickly pear cactus, agave. Diversity not monoculture. Of course the German government will stop the support, and the project will not reach sustainablity.

  • Iron Mountain Permaculture 3 years ago

    Better if they would've planted indigenous, pioneer, nitrogen fixing species…

  • Alan Roddis 3 years ago

    It's very exciting that at last countries are trying to turn the deserts green. I have just seen a very interesting video that shows the Chinese are successfully using a system on their sandy deserts called the Straw "checkerboard" method. I can't see why it can't be used elsewhere.

  • Wesley Oliver 3 years ago

    Who is the body in charge the program, were get more detailed information on this project, like website. Next question can u not find typology map, see were an artificial river can be created, around which u can creates the forist, potentially reducing irigation cost. the other thing to look at is plant an under ground water storage container with each tree, directly irrigate into container less evaporation. i would say lool at franking yhe ground on miniature scale, to creat storage space, but wrong ground type.

  • Bruce V 3 years ago

    This is a terrible idea! pine and eucalyptus are the worst trees! this marry become a fire hazard

  • mahmoud abdelshfea 3 years ago


  • HardyManful 3 years ago

    The Nile provides all the water you'd need to grow a thriving forest in the entire country of Egypt…use it. It would pay you back over time, which is the issue, over time if nothing is done, it will go away.

  • jose alves 3 years ago


  • wright gregson 3 years ago

    population control!!!! stop avoiding the concept

  • wright gregson 3 years ago

    i hope they look at Growasis (youtube) as a way to compliment this work.

  • GuruOnNet 3 years ago

    Eucalyptus is NOT native to Egypt. It's a native of Australia.
    It's very harmful as the leaf litter contains Eucalyptus oil which prevents growth of any other plant as can be seen in the video.
    It may be good for firewood but not for "Forest" growth esp regarding undergrowth which can harbour birds and animals.
    Also Eucalyptus roots go deep underground and deplete the water table as the plant is a very thirsty one.

  • Sprinkleofwilly 3 years ago

    I am so excited to hear this news. It sound like a absolutely great idea! I hope this will be the future to save this planet.

  • David Vinicombe 3 years ago

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  • Roseler Flores 3 years ago


  • Steven Wilson 3 years ago

    Israels technology

  • Irungu Maina 3 years ago

    a good idea but trust me not eucalyptus. here you score zero. they are hungry for water. take that one to the bank!!

  • EstraneoLab 3 years ago

    Congratulations Egypt! We need this projects to be implemented in Algeria

  • Solomon Feinberg 3 years ago

    If the water goes through the tree, doesn't the tree clean it, filter it for fruit? I think they should grow fruit trees anyway, maybe figure out whether it can be eaten or switched to some cleaner water later. Also, can any water be gotten out of this system?

  • Doug Malone 3 years ago

    How many years should a tree be irrigated in this manner? Does a tree ever reach the point when it doesn't need irrigation?

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