Burkina Faso is regarded as the third poorest country in the world. The trade union movement is historically strong and played a major role, especially in the independence movement. Many people work in agriculture under severe conditions, as the North, the Sahel, and parts of the central region of the country are extremely dry. Furthermore, even the scarce forest resources are cut down for firewood. In these areas, the progressing desertification represents an enormous problem for the agriculture and the people.
The Social Society – Sustainable Development Foundation supports SYNTEHT, the Trade Union for the Environment, Tourism and the Hotel Trade in improving the lives of the workers in the countryside.
Multiplier seminars are held for imparting knowledge in labour and industrial health law, the sustained management of natural forest resources to reduce environmental risks.
The workers in agriculture learn about the background of environmental impact of certain agricultural production methods, about soil erosion and desertification. Ways are discussed in which the sustained use of natural resources and the inclusion of the rural population into decision-making may contribute to reducing poverty in Burkina Faso.