Living hedge

Innovative technique used as an anti-erosion structure


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About the project Edit

Made up of trees, bushes, thorns or fallen branches that serve to limit or protect a field, garden or piece of land, today living hedges are an innovative technique that is used as an anti-erosion structure.

A living hedge is a shape specific to anti-erosion structures that allows farmers not only to retain groundwater in their fields, but also restore soil fertility and contribute to the fight against desertification.

This technique consists of planting tree seedlings around the areas to be exploited in order to retain groundwater after rainfall. This not only provides moisture to the plants, but also restores soil fertility and gives plant cover that restricts desertification. Through this regenerative technique, plants are periodically pruned and serve as revenue by selling wood as an energy source.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

This projects allows groundwater retention in the rainy season. It helps fertilize the soil for better yields, but also fights in the restoration of the environment through tree planting.

The living hedge allows practitioners not only to improve their annual yield, but also restore their land, in this way limiting the set aside technique that fights desertification.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

This water retention technique helps recuperate groundwater and reconstitute plant cover – the things that improve agricultural yields and intensify livestock production by restoring plant cover, but also to halt desertification.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The living hedge technique is practiced in most Sahelian countries. Although a practice used in the group of Burkina Faso regions, the Sahelian people of Burkina Faso (Dori, Djibo) adopted this technique because the well-used practice of livestock production is arrid.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Although some regions experience an abundance of grains, for a decade others are structurally deficient. This is explained not only by the rarity of rain, degradation of trees, but also by desertification. In order to resolve this double phenomenon of soil and environment, this innovative technique is one of the possible solutions.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

CREDO, an non-governmental organization, is conducting awareness activities in this sense in the central western region, the province of Sissili.

In economic terms, the decrease of yield observed before the technique was implemented, is made up for by the low operating costs by reducing the charges related to purchasing fertilizer.


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