About the Impact Center

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These people were trained on several themes such as Farming God's Way, bio-digester construction, compost making, gardening, and livestock.

The ECHO West Africa Impact Center seeks to extend the services of ECHO to help those working with the poor in West Africa to be more effective, especially in the area of agriculture. Functioning primarily as a technical support organization the Impact Center is helping community development organizations and workers operate more effectively.


ECHO's training focuses not only on agriculture, but on improving the living conditions of small-scale farmers, and we are interested in agriculture, health, food, environment, Income, etc. Our trainings are very practical and at the end of each session each participant is able to practice what he has learned and to train others.


Following the training campaign comes the period of follow-ups and evaluations. Our training teams traveled to almost all the localities where they gave training to follow up on the implementation of the techniques taught. So, for example, Bobo, Kouka, Solenzo, Bomboila, Koran, Dedougou, Djibo, Kayibo, Laye, Leo, Ourbono, Siby, Dakoro, Sanekui, Toma, and Tougan were followed and accompanied in the application of the various techniques taught By ECHO.


Schedule for trainings in 2018 now available:

  • Lomé, Togo: Workshop from January 23-25, 2018 (in French)
  • Kissidougou, Guinea: Workshop from February 21-23, 2018 (in French)
  • Tamale, Ghana: Workshop scheduled for Mid-February 2018 (in English)
  • Niamey, Niger: Workshop from March 13-15, 2018 (in French)
  • Jos, Nigeria: Workshop from May 22-25, 2018 (in English)
  • Ibadan, Nigeria: Workshop from May 29 - June 1, 2018 (in English)
  • Monrovia, Liberia: Workshop from April 3-5, 2018 (in English)
  • Bamako, Mali: Workshop from April 17-19, 2018 (in French)
  • West Africa Regional Forum in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: May 8-11, 2018 (in French)

Noemi Kara (knoemi@echonet.org) is the contact person for more information about these events.


  • Hosting conferences and forums which offer training and networking opportunities to network members;
  • Facilitating regular regional workshops in West African countries, often in partnership with local organizations, to provide technical training and networking opportunities to the network;
  • Providing a wide range of technical resources through ECHOcommunity.org and from the office located in Burkina Faso;
  • Offering technical responses to network members inquiring with agriculture and community development questions;
  • Offering consultations to network members on a case-by-case basis;
  • Involvement in regionally important research and information dissemination.





Robert Sanou

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Tel: +226 25370054
Tel: +226 73679902

West Africa Updates

Photo Story: Amazing FFF 2018-01-16

This photo story submitted by Robert Sanou
Caption: In Africa we say that there is just some information that we can’t keep to ourselves.

The farmer in the photo planted two separate fields of millet, one using the FFF method (left) and the other using the traditional method (right). Just amazing!


Excerpt from Foundations For Farming - Tech Note #71

Despite large amounts of foreign aid, abundant natural resources, a favorable climate, and good soils, sub-Saharan Africa has large areas where people are under nourished and grain production is erratic, with very low average yields. Brian Oldreive, a former Zimbabwean farmer, began to question why there is so much poverty in Africa. He noticed that there is no plowing or deep inversion of the soil in creation. As a result, Oldreive studied and put into practice the concept of zero-tillage. Then he became aware of the beautiful blanket over the earth of fallen leaves and dying grass and realized that this was a very important element in God’s creation. This blanket breaks the action of the raindrop, allows water to infiltrate and feeds the soil microorganisms. Oldrieve understood the importance of mulching and quickly put it into practice which led to the development of Foundations for Farming (FFF) as a no-till system for raising maize and other field crops.

The FFF system involves permanent planting stations, lots of mulch using crop residues, and careful management. In teaching the FFF approach, Brian shows that small-scale farmers can achieve impressive yields with a simple, traditional hoe and wise stewardship of the land.

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About West Africa

"West Africa is a highly diverse region in terms of agro-climatic conditions and agricultural production potential, as well as with respect to the distribution of vulnerable populations. In general, the northern regions of coastal countries and the landlocked Sahelian countries are relatively food insecure and impoverished. Additionally, rapid urbanization in the region is leading to increasing numbers of urban poor. The population in this region is expected to grow 100 percent between 2010 and 2050, compared to the global growth rate of 38 percent. Population growth combined with low increases in productivity could further tighten resources and increase food insecurity.

Chronic undernutrition and food availability are core challenges to food security in West Africa. Critical gender concerns related to food security include the inability of women to hold on to land and to make decisions regarding household expenditure and consumption, as well as women having less capital than men.

There is ample evidence that the agriculture sector—which accounts for 35 percent of West African gross domestic product and 15.3 percent of regional export earnings—and in particular food staples, is the best engine for generating sustained, rapid and pro-poor economic growth." - Feed The Future  

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