Reportage: Burkina Faso: Collectives and Cotton: Collectives and Cotton

Farmers collectively practicing the {quote}Zai{quote} technique: an ancient Mossi technique that had fallen out of use until it was revived by the UNGVT (Union Namanegbzanga des Groupements villageois). It consists of digging circular holes with a pickaxe at regular distances to slow the evacuation of rainwater from the fields and to direct the water toward the seeds to be germinated. In each cavity are placed cereal grains, white and red sorghum, millet and corn, the staple foodstuff of the region. Cereals are rotated with vegetables, beans, peanuts and cotton.Tanlili, Burkina Faso. 09/06/2004Photo © J.B. Russell
Collectives and Cotton, June 2004

Farmers collectively practicing the "Zai" technique: an ancient Mossi technique that had fallen out of use until it was revived by the UNGVT (Union Namanegbzanga des Groupements villageois). It consists of digging circular holes with a pickaxe at regular distances to slow the evacuation of rainwater from the fields and to direct the water toward the seeds to be germinated. In each cavity are placed cereal grains, white and red sorghum, millet and corn, the staple foodstuff of the region. Cereals are rotated with vegetables, beans, peanuts and cotton. 

Tanlili, Burkina Faso. 09/06/2004 

Photo © J.B. Russell