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.



  • 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

Promoting Youth in Agriculture in Burkina Faso 2017-10-11

Promoting Youth in Agriculture in Burkina Faso

Youth unemployment and rural-to-urban migration are big problems in Burkina Faso, as in many other countries. The Laarlé Naba Tigré, a king in the Mossi tribe, is doing something about it. He is demonstrating how agriculture can be a viable future for Burkina youth on his 200-hectare ranch in Dapelgo. The Laarlé Naba Tigré has planted 37,000 moringa trees and built a moringa processing facility, is growing jatropha for biofuels, is raising 11,000 chickens for eggs and meat, as well as improving yields of cotton, maize, millet, and sorghum.

The Laarlé Naba Tigré has sought out ECHO West Africa’s help in learning about liquid fertilizer and compost techniques developed through Foundations for Farming programs. By improving soil fertility, developing alternative crops, and creating marketing opportunities, he is showing the profitability potential of traditional and new crops.

ECHO West Africa’s director, Robert Sanou, was invited to an event at the Laarlé Naba Tigré’s farm that included numerous ambassadors from countries like France, Belgium, China, and Canada, as well as other diplomatic representatives from the EU, FAO, and UNDP. The Laarlé Naba Tigré personally accompanied his guests around the farm and publically praised ECHO before inviting Robert and Alain to provide a quick overview on composting and how to make liquid fertilizer. This provided a unique platform resulting in numerous inquiries and interactions, including the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Laarlé Naba Tigré helped promote ECHO West Africa’s Forum in Ouagadougou during September 27-30, 2016, by sitting in as the official sponsor of the forum. His speech, which opened the forum, was well received by the 102 participants and brought significant visibility to ECHO when it was broadcast on local television. ECHO looks forward to future partnering opportunities to speak hope into the lives of Burkina’s farmers and youth. 


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Comment preparer son compost en trois semaines?

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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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