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Solar energy

Climate change adaptation

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Enhancing solar power in Burkina Faso

24. October 2022
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

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Challenge

Burkina Faso is among the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change due to limited natural resources and a highly variable climate. Increasingly unpredictable rainfall patterns, dust storms and temperature spikes adversely affect agricultural production and lead to more frequent food insecurity situations. 

 Many conflicts in Burkina Faso are related to access to and management of natural resources such as land and water that form the foundation of the livelihood of most Burkinabe. 

Solution

The Global Green Growth Initiative’s (GGGI) Danish-supported efforts in Burkina focus on strengthening resilience in agriculture by introducing solar-powered pumps for irrigation. Based on approximately 50 small pilot projects, GGGI is working to develop a commercially viable model that will enable the mobilisation of funding for the roll-out of solar-powered irrigation pumps on a larger scale, so that significantly more farmers can benefit.

 

Global Green Growth Initiative (GGGI)

In the period 2020-2022, Denmark supports GGGI with a contribution of DKK 80 million, of which DKK 35 million is earmarked for selected climate actions at country level, including in Burkina Faso.

Result

18 pumps have been installed and preliminary results are being assessed, before proceeding with further 32 pumps by the end of the year.  

In parallel, targeted practical training of about 1,159 farmers and 1,129 producers, of which more than 30 % were women, in climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The objective of the training was to strengthen the capacities of the actors on the innovative tools and approaches of the CSA and the sustainable management of the resources. 

 Training of 109 women in green entrepreneurship practices. 

 2 mini solar power plants have been installed.