Burkina Faso

Participatory Natural Resource Management and Rural Development Project (Neer-Tamba Project)
Country Contacts

Koudrègma Zongo - zongokoud@yahoo.fr

Being an integral part of the Resilient Food Systems programme, the Participatory Natural Resource Management project will contribute to the collective impact of this programme, which is intended to inform approaches to food security in the drylands of sub-saharan Africa towards win-win solutions between food production and maintaining ecosystem services in the face of anticipated climate shocks.



To promote and implement, within the framework of the Neer-Tamba project, sustainably managed agroecosystems that are key to food security in the northern region.

GEF Grant US $7.2M
Co-Financing US $35.9M


In the northern region of Burkina Faso, where 90% of 200,000 households (population of about 1.2 million in 2012) are smallholder farmers, growing demand for cultivable and grazing land, and wood for energy and construction, has led to diminishing forage resources, decline in wildlife resources, water scarcity (early depletion of water reservoirs and the water system), silting of watercourses and degradation of riparian areas, and conflicts over the use of natural resources. To address these challenges, the Government of Burkina Faso, with IFAD support, launched the Neer-Tamba project (20142022) to improve living conditions and incomes for rural households affected by poverty and food insecurity. The project, which also extends to the country's eastern and north-central regions, aims at benefiting 190,000 rural households through: (i) building resilience to climate and financial autonomy; (ii) strengthening an enabling social and economic fabric in which the target groups are actors and partners. Through the IAP programme, the Neer-Tamba project will be further enhanced to promote adoption and scaling-up of food security policies and activities.


The project is structured to focus on three components in line with the IAP programme: (i) capacity building for national and regional multistakeholder platforms; (ii) scaling-up integrated approaches to sustainable land management within agroecosystems; and (iii) coordination of arrangements including key indicators for decision-making on food security and environmental best practices. Crosscutting aspects related to value chains, capacity building and knowledge management will be further strengthened through direct support from the regional “Hub” project.


Land under integrated and sustainable management (M ha.) 8,500
GHG emissions avoided or reduced (CO2e) 12,621
Genetic diversity of crops and animals maintained or increased (%) N/A
Land cover (increase, %) TBD


The project falls under the financial oversight of the Ministry of Economy, Finance, and Development and the technical oversight of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Development. Other key stakeholders include the Executive Secretariat, National Council on Food Security; Permanent Secretariat for Coordination of Agriculture Sector Policies; Ministry of Livestock and Water Resources; Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change Permanent Secretariat, National Council on the Environment and Sustainable Development; National Bureau of Rural Chambers of Agriculture. The project will also directly engage 17,800 households representing 105,000 people as beneficiaries.


The Neer-Tamba project is part of an approach based on building resilience. To this end, the project proposes innovative activities based on social engineering to create and reinforce committees and associations at the subwatershed level. The sustainability of interventions is ensured by the choice of practices and activities having proven their worth over decades, so that the rate of adoption by rural people will not be an issue. The project is intended to scale-up practices and arrangements recognized by the stakeholders, particularly farmers, both women and men.


Capacity building for national and regional multistakeholder platforms.
Multistakeholder frameworks at the national and regional level enable actors to contribute to the decision-making process (sectoral policies, intervention priorities).

Scaling-up integrated approaches to sustainable land management within agroecosystems.
20,000 rural households adopt an integrated approach that allows the improvement of food security in the north region.

Monitoring and evaluation of the environmental investments’ contribution to the population’s resilience.
A national system to measure resilience is in place and enables decision making in multistakeholder frameworks.