COOPEN

The problem

In Ouagadougou, the increasing urbanization is leading to increasing urban poverty, polluted environment, growing food insecurity and malnutrition and difficulties to access to land.

What are we Doing?

Through COOPEN, we are introducing Hydroponic farming as a small-scale business idea for improving food supply, health conditions, local economy and environmental sustainability altogether for group of 30 women.

The target women groups will grow indigenous varieties of vegetables in the eco-friendly greenhouses, for nutrition, income diversification and development of new skills. Marginalized single mothers and families in need will be given the opportunity to be involved in the project, facilitating their access to productive resources and business opportunities.

Sote Hub will support CSA (Climate Smart Agriculture) in developing a solid business and action plan for implementing the innovation in Burkina Faso and in establishing the needed networks and linkages to strengthen the innovation replicability and scalability.

The implementation of the project will contribute to the following results:

  1. An innovative, adaptable and sustainable hydroponic system for growing vegetables is set up and apt to an urban setting.

 

  1. The knowledge and skills of 30 women on eco-friendly technology, agro-ecology and transformation and commercialization of fresh produce are improved.

They will combine it with new skills on agroecology and transformation and commercialization of vegetables, thus promoting a virtuous circle of innovation and diversification of incomes.

The implementation of the project will contribute to the following results:

  1. An innovative, adaptable and sustainable hydroponic system for growing vegetables is set up and apt to an urban setting.
  1. The knowledge and skills of 30 women on eco-friendly technology, agro-ecology and transformation and commercialization of fresh produce are improved.

They will combine it with new skills on agroecology and transformation and commercialization of vegetables, thus promoting a virtuous circle of innovation and diversification of incomes.

Who are we working with?

The COOPEN Project is funded Fondazione Cariplo and coordinated ACRA in collaboration with CSA and SoteHub.

 

Fondazione Cariplo

For 30 years, the Cariplo Foundation has promoted the life of communities, supporting those who work in the area and who are closest to people’s needs. 

Cariplo Foundation is dedicated to philanthropy through its economic, planning and professional resources to encourage and support the implementation of projects that focus on the common good, the growth of people and the collective interest.