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New opportunity for returning migrants in Burkina Faso on livestock farming

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the government of Burkina Faso and with funding from the European Union (EU), is supporting the establishment of livestock farmer groups in Burkina Faso

cattle3Returned migrants had to pick a slip of paper from a bag to find out what cattle they would win. (Image source: IOM/Alexander Bee)

In Centre-East and Centre-South of Burkina Faso, the two main regions of origin for migrants leaving this country, IOM has provided about 500 sheep, rams, oxen and donkeys to 99 Burkinabè who returned from Libya and Algeria in 2018 to ensure their socio-economic reintegration in the country.

To support their sustainable reintegration, the returnees received training in business management, cooperative operation and livestock farming techniques. The training sessions, provided throughout the year by the technical partners of the National Employment Agency (ANPE) and the Regional Directorates of Animal and Fisheries Resources, have enabled them to acquire the necessary skills to ensure the sustainability of their activities.

“The training enabled me to learn the techniques of cattle fattening. Visiting the farms not only allowed us to put in practice farming techniques but also to see that fattening, if conducted according to the techniques, is efficient,” said Iryassa from the Centre-South Region.

Osseni, another Burkinabé migrant who returned in September 2017, received reintegration assistance. He is from the Central-East Region of the country and had sold everything to go to Libya.

“I started up my livestock farming activities with the support of IOM, which bought me oxen and equipment. I like livestock farming because I achieve success and it has helped me to build my house. My parents are very happy to see me back home alive,” he explained.

In 2018, around 1249 Burkinabé migrants received reintegration assistance under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration. Funded by the EU, this project aims to contribute to the strengthening of migration governance, protection, assisted voluntary return and sustainable reintegration of returning migrants.


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