Burkina Faso relies on subsistence agriculture to meet the basic needs of a large part of its population. Environmental challenges such as land degradation and desertification particularly affect the northern semi-arid provinces, where the most vulnerable groups struggle with food security. Increasing food prices since 2007 mean that improvements in food access and availability are even more important. Local food reserves can make a significant contribution to community-based food security strategies.
This case study describes the experience of a community-based organisation (Association Aidons l’Afrique Ensemble) in the establishment and management of local food security reserves in the department of Rambo, Burkina Faso.