About the Impact Center

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.


  • 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

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Tel: +226 25370054
Tel: +226 73679902

West Africa Updates

Chaya use in West Africa 2017-02-28

Kangoura is a rural municipality located in the west of Burkina Faso. Ten years ago, an American missionary introduced Chaya which became a well-known and well-consumed leafy vegetable for the peasants of Kangoura. The peasants have made Chaya leaves a component of their diet which they consume in several different forms including leaf sauce, the leaves in peanut sauce, and they have incorporated it into other local dishes.

In Kangoura, humans are not the only ones that enjoy Chaya leaves. Goats and oxen are consuming Chaya, reducing the need for farmers to share other crops for fodder.

When asked if the Chaya had a good taste, the manager of the missionary's farm exclaimed, "If my wife makes you a peanut sauce made of Chaya leaves, you will agree that there's no better sauce than Chaya's sauce! "

About West Africa

More than 31 million people in West Africa are considered to be undernourished. This is down more than 30% from the early 1990's, but with one in four still unacceptably nourished, Sub-Saharan Africa is the region of the world with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. (http://www.fao.org/hunger/)

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