Testimony of Minata Traoré from Sayaga

Minata in her tigernut field

It was after having traveled nearly 400 kilometers, on a road that was sometimes very bumpy, that we arrived in Sayaga. One of the peculiarities of this village is that it is a big producer of tigernut, a very popular product in Burkina Faso.

It is in this village that we met Minata, around forty, mother of six children, and pregnant with the 7th. Minata benefited from a half-hectare field that her husband gave her to cultivate tigernut.

It was in March 2019 that Minata received training on ECHO techniques. After the training she made herself compost and liquid fertilizer that she applied to the tigernut.

She tells us with a laugh: “It’s absolutely incredible, I have not seen the fruits of my field yet, but the foliage is so beautiful that many passing admire and ask me what I did. This gives me the opportunity to share my secret with them. Today, 5 people I have talked to have started using liquid fertilizer. ”

Moreover, since she did not buy chemical fertilizer this year, Minata saved money, which allowed her to support herself and her family.

Full of hope, Minata invited us to come back after the harvests to see the fruit of her work. It is with pleasure that we have promised this jovial woman to return in two months.


ECHO provides sustainable options to world hunger through agricultural training, innovative options, and networking with community leaders and missionaries in 180 countries and online through ECHOcommunity.org. ECHO seeks to find agricultural solutions for families growing food under difficult conditions. ECHO’s international headquarters is located in Fort Myers, FL. Visit echonet.org


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