News Burkina Faso

Sweep-netting to identify shea pollinators. Photo © J Stout

Shea butter nourishes more than dry skin

Thu, 30/06/2016
The benefits of shea butter are plenty, but the future of this valuable oil may not be as smooth. The shea tree’s surrounding habitat is steadily being stripped of diversely flowering trees and shrubs, impacting pollinators and diminishing yields. This loss of habitat also lowers numbers of insect-hungry migratory birds. A new BirdLife project, funded by the Darwin Initiative, aims to help crack this tough nut. Education, replanting, research, and collaboration with Industry form part of a pilot project aiming to soften the rough areas of Burkina Faso’s shea butter production.

Shea, shea everywhere, but no insects left to eat

Wed, 09/03/2016
The protection of shea trees in northern Africa against intensive farming is not the win-win situation for birds and people that it may seem.
Flowers of the shea tree Vitellaria paradoxa © Jane Stout

Learning about the birds and the bees in West...

Tue, 23/02/2016
Embarking on a new research project to uncover the secrets of bird declines and loss of habitat diversity in the shea zone of Africa, where shea pollination, biodiversity and livelihoods are linked.

West African Ambassadors endorse BirdLife’s...

Thu, 17/12/2015
On understanding the vital roles vultures play in ecosystems, West African Ambassadors quickly reversed any personal attitudes of distaste towards vultures and expressed full support to BirdLife's campaign.

Women at Oursi have every reason to smile as Site...

Wed, 22/07/2015
As part of BirdLife’s Improving Livelihoods Project in Oursi village, Burkina Faso, together with Living on the Edge, a sustainable land use project in the Sahel region, a local community has launched a grinding mill. The aim is to generate income and to alleviate hardships faced by both women and children in processing food for consumption at the household level.

Boreholes in the Sahel: Man made oasis that helps...

Thu, 26/09/2013
The Living on the Edge project is a key component of the BirdLife’ Local Empowerment Programme

Great loss-The late Georges Henry Oueda

Fri, 21/12/2012
A great loss to conservation as Georges Henry Oueda, Director of Conservation of NATURAMA (BirdLife in Burkina Faso) passes on.

Living on the Edge: protecting and restoring...

Sun, 16/09/2012
Birds and people depend on natural resources for their survival. The intricate link between people and their environment is especially apparent in the Sahel, with its millions of people (and hundreds of millions of goats), its unpredictable rainfall, and the increasing pressure on wetlands, trees and grasslands which are also used by billions of migratory and Afrotropical birds.

Touching lives through conservation project

Tue, 10/07/2012

A team of BirdLife International and Fondation NATURAMA (BirdLife Partner in Burkina Fa

Living off the Land: BirdLife’s History in...

Fri, 22/06/2012
On flat dusty clearings bordered by spindly trees in rural West Africa, women can be seen rolling out balls of what look (and smell) like large mammal droppings. Making this condiment, soumbala, is one of the only ways local women can make a living. Whatever nature provides has value to people...