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Burkinabe farmer wins 'alternative Nobel' for drought-fighting technique
by Nellie Peyton
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24 September 2018
On 24 September 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported:
A farmer from Burkina Faso who popularized an ancient farming technique to reverse desertification is among the winners of Sweden's 'alternative Nobel prize', announced on Monday (24 September). Yacouba Sawadogo is known for turning barren land into forest using 'zai' -- pits dug in hardened soil that concentrate water and nutrients, allowing crops to withstand drought. The technique has restored thousands of hectacres of dry land, helping to reduce hunger in Burkina Faso and Niger.
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