Three of Fert’s six partner cowpea farmer FOs are located in the areas most vulnerable to attack. Some functions that were previously carried out by Fert’s agricultural advisers have therefore been delegated to the heads of FOs and relay farmers who are learning to use ICTs (information and communication technologies) to benefit from remote support. In addition, it is now the producers who travel to the cities (Kaya, Ouagadougou) to meet technicians or follow training courses related to the development of their services.
Most of the displaced farmers (nearly 50% of the members of the three FOs) have found refuge in the capitals of the communes. While hoping for a possible return to their villages, some of them are initiating new income-generating activities: small-scale livestock farming, market gardening, cowpea processing, etc.