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Sustainable parkland management in Burkina Faso – a video from the field

Published: 06 April 2020
African landscape with trees and cereal, photo.

In Burkina Faso, a parkland is a common feature in rural areas. Parklands contain a mix of trees, shrubs and crops and are important for the livelihoods of the people residing in these regions.

Parkland trees give various products useful for the communities, such as fruits, nuts and firewood, as well as provide shade for livestock, crops and people. For the farmer, it is essential to learn how to take care of the trees.

In this video you get to listen to researchers, extension officers and community members in the rural commune of Nobéré in Burkina Faso on how they use parklands and why is it so important to learn to manage these trees sustainably.

An AgriFoSe2030 video

French title: Gestion durable du parc agroforestiers au Burkina Faso. The video is in French.

A collaboration

This video was produced through collaborative efforts and joint learning by Dr Josias Sanou at the Environmental Institute for Agricultural Research (INERA) in Burkina Faso, Dr Hugues R. Bazie at the University of Ouaga 1 Professor Ki-Zerbo, and the communications officer of the AgriFoSe2030 programme, Anneli Sundin, with the guidance of AgriFoSe2030 Theme 2 leader Madelene Oswald. Dr Sanou and Dr Bazie received basic filming equipment from the programme and training in how to film and interview people with mobile phones. Together they developed a storyline for the video and planned for interviews. They included perspectives not only from the researchers, but also from an NGO, the farmers (woman and man) as well as extension officers. Parklands are important for many different groups and sectors, why each group’s knowledge and perspectives for sustainable management of parklands are needed.

How will the video be used?

The researchers will screen the video material at various events and meetings in Burkina Faso to disseminate knowledge on sustainable management of parklands. It will be used to both increase awareness on the role of parklands in Burkina Faso, as well as to lift their significance for livelihoods and ecosystem services to the policy making community, to make sure they are managed sustainably for generations to come.

En Francais: Ce court métrage vous emmène dans les zones rurales du Burkina Faso, où vous rencontrerez des agriculteurs, des agents de vulgarisation et des chercheurs travaillant sur la façon de gérer les parcs plus durables. Le film a été produit dans le cadre d'un projet du programme AgriFoSe2030.

Find out more

Gain more insights about this project from this news story about the “Innovative Platforms” (IPs) that the researchers at INERA and the University of Ouaga 1 Professor Ki-Zerbo, developed together with the communities of several different villages in Burkina. The IPs are a type of network aiming to create synergy between stakeholders in order to increase ecosystem functions of trees in parklands.


Madeleine Ostwald

Madelene Ostwald, Assoc. Prof.

Challenge leader of Challenge 2
Department of Thematic Studies/Environmental Change
Linköping University 
Telephone: +46 708-51 93 11