Bourgou: Food Security from Floating Grasslands | Near East Foundation

Bourgou: Food Security from Floating Grasslands

Bourgou is an aquatic grassland that occurs in Sub-Saharan Africa and helps prevent soil erosion and lake evaporation. NEF works with local communities to regenerate and expand these valuable pastoral resources. Bourgou is planted during the dry season and flourishes during the rainy season—providing important fodder as floods recede. On top of producing excellent animal feed and nurseries for fish, the bourgou can also be used as a cereal grain to provide food security to vulnerable families during the lean season.

Partnering with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bamako, NEF supports 200 communities in the Mopti region to develop local conventions and land-use management plans to improve food security and sustainable natural resource management—including regenerating bourgou pastures in the region.

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