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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...

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In 2001, Bagnomboé Bakiono created the African Network for Youth Health and Development in Burkina Faso (RAJS/BF) to address issues related to HIV/AIDS and to promote sexual health among youth. Today Bagnomboé is developing the network in West Africa and linking it to a larger network in other parts...

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Guilla Gifty

Ashoka Fellow since juin 2010

Burkina Faso

Guilla Gifty is facilitating small farming families to become more self-aware by guiding them to create a “Balance Sheet of Personal Competencies,” an exercise for farmers to reflect on their families and businesses and become more effective. In addition to developing this exercise, Guilla gathers...

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Ini Damien (Burkina Faso 1997) is working to improve the situation of women in Burkina Faso and to conquer the socio-cultural resistances which can threaten the sustainability of these changes, through a harmonious use of both cultural traditions and plans for change. Her work will extend to the...

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Desiré Marie Yameogo

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 2014

Burkina Faso

Over the last decade, Desire has turned the traditional activity of beekeeping into a modern, vibrant, environmentally sound, and profitable industry that provides rural populations with a new level of economic potential. From this initial, hard-won success, Desire is bringing his comprehensive...

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Sibiri Salfo Ouedraogo

Ashoka Fellow since juin 2013

Burkina Faso

Sibiri Salfo Ouedraogo encourages the emergence of a class of farmers who are open to change and ready to meet the issues they face. Salfo proposes examining rural activities in order to identify the challenges and uses the elders’ knowledge to find adaptable solutions.

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Issoufou Tiendrebeogo

Ashoka Fellow since déc 2000

Burkina Faso

Issoufou Tiendrébéogo provides crucial medicine to AIDS patients by distributing unused anti-retroviral drugs from Europe and North America at a reduced cost to members of his education and support network

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Georgette Koala

Ashoka Fellow since déc 2000

Burkina Faso

Georgette teaches Burkinabe how to obtain official papers such as identity cards, marriage licenses, and birth certificates and works with local authorities to improve public access to these documents.

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Paul Taryam Ilboudo

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 2010

Burkina Faso

Thirty years ago Paul Taryam Ilboudo found a way to integrate trilingualism into teaching literacy. Instead of denying access to local languages in education, Paul engineered fast paced courses that use local languages as the building blocks for literacy. With increased student self-confidence and...

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Claude Ariste is encouraging the individual fruit and vegetable producers in Burkina Faso's fresh produce sector to form cooperatives and increase their revenue through collaborative training, production, and marketing. This framework has the added benefits of enhancing nutrition for farmers and...

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