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Burkina Faso

Project Name

Participatory Natural Resource Management and Rural Development Project (Neer-Tamba Project)

GEF Implementing Agency



To promote and implement sustainably managed agro-ecosystems that are key to food security in the northern region of Burkina Faso.


Koudrègma Zongo 


Project Targets

12,505 ha

land under integrated and sustainable management

1,730,631 MtCO2e

GHG emissions avoided or reduced


Beneficiary households




Stakeholders engaged

In the northern region of Burkina Faso, 90% of the population are smallholder farmers with limited access to natural resources. Population growth has led to a growing demand for cultivable land and biomass, resulting in degradation of land, desertification, overcrowding, and diminishing wildlife and water resources.  Deforestation is particularly critical in the northern region where desertification has severely impacted crop productivity and the availability of land for grazing. This shortage of arable land has led to conflicts over the use of natural resources.

Climate change is already impacting Burkina Faso through variation in rainfall, decreased rainfall, increased temperatures, and increased frequency and severity of climate events. These climate impacts lower agricultural productivity and further limit accessibility and availability of natural resources and ecosystem services. 

To address these challenges, the Government of Burkina Faso, with IFAD support, launched the RFS Burkina Faso project, the Neer-Tamba project, to improve living conditions and incomes for rural households affected by poverty and food insecurity. This project is part of an approach based on building resilience. It draws on innovative activities to create and strengthen committees and associations at the sub-watershed level. 

The project, which also extends to the country’s Eastern and North Central regions, aims to benefit 17,800 rural households through three principal components:

  1. Building capacity for national and regional multi-stakeholder platforms;
  2. Scaling up integrated approaches for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) within agro-ecosystems; and
  3. Coordinating Monitoring and Evaluation, including key indicators for decision-making on food security and environmental best practices.

To ensure sustainability of the interventions, practices and arrangements recognised by stakeholders, particularly farmers, are already being scaled up.

The project aims to meet the following targets:

Capacity developed for national and regional multi-stakeholder platforms.

  • Establish multi-stakeholder frameworks at the national and regional level to enable various stakeholders to contribute to the decision-making process (e.g., sectoral policies and intervention priorities). 

Integrated approaches for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) scaled up within agro-ecosystems.

  • 17,800 rural households adopt an integrated approaches for SLM in order to advance the improvement of food security in the Northern Region. 

Monitoring and Evaluation coordinated, including key indicators for decision-making on food security and environmental best practices.

  • Establish s national system to measure resilience, which enables decision-makers to monitor the degree to which environmental investments are contributing to the population’s resilience.

The project falls under the financial oversight of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Development, and the technical oversight of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Development. 

Other key stakeholders include the Executive Secretariat, National Council on Food Security; Permanent Secretariat for Coordination of Agriculture Sector Policies, Ministry of Livestock and Water Resources; Ministry of Environment; Green Economy and Climate Change Permanent Secretariat, National Council on the Environment and Sustainable Development; and National Bureau of Rural Chambers of Agriculture. 

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