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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Beyond the Classroom presents "The Man Who Stopped the Desert"

Yacouba Sawadogo, a peasant farmer from northern Burkina Faso in Africa, has succeeded where international agencies failed. Over the last twenty years, he has become a pioneer in the fight against desertification and hunger. Yacouba's struggle is inspiring drama one man's determined efforts have the potential to benefit many thousands of people living in the Sahel region of Africa and elsewhere. As early as the 1970s, the Sahel became a bleak land due to severe drought combined with overgrazing, poor land management, and overpopulation. By the 1980s, the region, which once had a population of 30 million people, suffered from severe poverty and starvation. While many abandoned their homelands, Yacouba decided to work to stop the creeping desert. Yacouba's work over the past 25 years has resulted in the successful rehabilitation of farmland, the regrwoth of forests, and the return of many to their homeland as well as praise from international organizations. {Will appear in FYI on Oct 10, 2011
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