2020 was another successful year for One Woman One Garden. We had a total of 3,445 participants, 1,500 of which took part in the individual garden program and the rest planted a tree by their home. Another 3 community gardens were launched and one high quality well was built.
While COVID-19 only had a limited impact in Burkina Faso, the most severe impacts of this crisis are likely to be felt later by women in Burkina Faso. This crisis has reduced economic growth and aid spending, both of which will damage the poorest countries in the world the most. The world bank has predicted that the COVID-19 pandemic will push 88 million to 115 million people into extreme poverty in 2020, with the total rising to as many as 150 million by 2021, depending on the severity of the economic contraction. This means that food security and women’s rights will be even more fragile in less developed countries in the coming years. Our work can have an even more significant impact now because we focus on long-term empowerment and economic independence of women.
We are committed to keep fighting to empower women through sustainable agriculture in 2021 and beyond.