Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Fellow Since 2010
Réseau MARP (Méthodes Actives de Recherche et de Planification)
This profile was prepared when Matthieu Ouédraogo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
Throughout the southern frontier of the Sahel desert, southern Mauritania, north and western Senegal, parts of northern and western Mali, the northern region of Burkina Faso and then eastward, desertification has advanced steadily since the mid -twentieth century, taking away arable land, and threatening the agricultural livelihoods of small producers in Burkina Faso. However, along the edge of this southern “semi-desert,” small family farms passed down from generation to generation still grow cereals such as millet and sorghum. Matthieu Ouédraogo believes family farms are at the heart of regional innovation. By assisting the growth and regeneration of local plants, to helping to build communities of small producers that replicate local innovations, Matthieu hopes to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship among farmers across the region.
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