Our Mission

The mission of Livelihoods is to support the efforts of poor rural communities in developing countries to restore their natural ecosystems, which improves their food security, increases their economic revenues, and improves their livelihoods.

French Minister Annick Girardin visits our clean cookstove project in Burkina Faso!

Ms. Girardin was in Burkina Faso to lay the groundwork for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) that will be held in Paris this December. During her trip, Ms. Girardin visited our project with the local NGO Tiipaalga that fights against deforestation in the Sahel through the adoption of eco-friendly stoves.

More than 150 actors of family farming at the Livelihoods Camp!

Check out the TV and radio report by Radio France International on the Livelihoods Camp held from Feb. 23-26th in Burkina Faso.

Livelihoods launches its newest project- clean cookstoves in Burkina Faso!

This project will reach 30,000 households living in the dry Sahel region

Livelihoods launches its 2nd fund dedicated to family farming!

New fund to invest 120 million euros in the next 10 years to implement projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, helping more than 200,000 smallholder farmers and 2 million people and boosting the sustainability of their crops.

Livelihoods receives its first carbon credits!

Our projects will collectively sequester 8 million tons of CO2 in the next 20 years. In 2014, we received our first carbon credits from two of our projects in India and Senegal: 141,500 tons!

French Minister Annick Girardin visits our project in Senegal!

The French Minister of State for Development and Francophony, Annick Girardin, visited the Livelihoods mangrove restoration project in Casamance, Senegal- the largest exisiting mangrove restoration project in the world today!

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French Minister Annick Girardin visits our clean cookstove project in Burkina Faso

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“Africa is the continent of solutions! It is mobilizing, evolving and taking on new responsibilities.” These were the enthusiastic terms that the French Minister of International Development and Francophony, Annick Girardin, used in her closing remarks on April 28th, following her 48-hour visit to Burkina Faso.

The primary purpose of her trip was to lay the groundwork for the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) that will be held in Paris this December. Ouagadougou was the second stop on her West Africa tour that commenced on April 25th. During her trip, Ms. Girardin visited Livelihoods’ clean cookstove project in Burkina Faso that is being implemented in the field by the local Burkinabe NGO Tiipaalga. The visit took place in the village of Zakin (50 km from Ouagadougou).

This project aims to help the rural populations adapt to desertification and climate change by adopting eco-friendly “banco” stoves that they will fabricate themselves. “Banco” is made from inexpensive locally-sourced ingredients: manure, straw, water, and clay (or termite ground termite mound). These stoves will reduce wood consumption by up to 60% compared to the traditional 3-stone Burkinabe stoves, which will help minimize deforestation and also bring benefits to the local women (i.e. less time spent collecting firewood, reduced health risks thanks to less smoke exposure, etc.). The project aims to equip 30,000 households with improved stoves (a minimum of two stoves per family) in the northern provinces of Bam and Loroum.

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Ms. Girardin had the chance to see the live construction of an improved cookstove with more than a hundred local women present in the village of Zakin. Following the construction of an improved cookstove, Ms. Girardin had the chance to visit some local households to see how the new stoves were being used by the local populations.


The French Minister underlined the importance of concrete solutions that address development and climate change simultaneously- a key theme of the upcoming COP21.

In her letter to Tiipaalga following her visit, Ms. Girardin stated: “Development needs to be local in order to be sustainable. It needs to be built upon simple technologies that can be adopted by the local populations. Real results against climate change stem from the sum of many actions at the micro level like what I witnessed in Zakin and in the other zones where Tiipaalga operates. It’s the result of all these actions that will allow our society and our environment to manage global warming.”

For more information about our project with Tiipaalga visit: http://www.livelihoods.eu/portfolio/tiipaalga/

Relive the Livelihoods Camp 2015 with Radio France International!

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Relive the experience of the Livelihoods Camp 2015 that brought together more than 150 actors of family farming from 24 different countries (farmers, NGOs, cooperatives, research organizations, governments, economic and political decisionmakers) over 3 days to work on finding solutions to the challenges of today’s family agriculture.

Listen to the show “C’est pas du Vent” presented by Anne-Cécile Bras on Radio France International here (in French only):

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Discover our clean cookstove project in Burkina Faso with Radio France International!

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Livelihoods is investing in a new project: energy efficient cookstoves in Burkina Faso that will combat desertification. This project, which started at the end of 2014, will teach women how to make their own eco-friendly household cookstoves with banco, a mix of clay and straw. This very durable stove will allow the reduction of wood consumption by up to 60% in villages where wood is becoming a rarity.

Thanks to an extensive network of 2,000 women-leaders in these villages who will run training sessions on how to fabricate the stoves, this project will benefit more than 30,000 households in a region that is severely threatened by desertification. Read More

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Our mission is to support the efforts of agricultural
and rural communities to live in sustainable ecosystems.

Our Projects

Reforestation and Agroforestry

Reforestation restores damaged forests and renews degenerated soils that have lost their productivity. Agroforestry is an agricultural approach of planting crops under trees to create multi-layered functional forests that yield more diverse and sustainable land-use systems.

Mangrove restoration

Mangrove forests are powerful carbon sinks thanks to their twisted webs of roots above ground that absorb carbon dioxide. They help protect coasts from tidal surges and are a rich source of biodiversity. Yet they are among the world’s most threatened ecosystems.

Rural Energy

Access to basic energy needs remains a significant challenge for rural communities in developing countries. Over-reliance on wood and solid fuels for cooking and heating purposes leads to land degradation and contributes to climate change. 4 million premature deaths occur every year due to harmful smoke exposure from inefficient cooking methods.

"Over every mountain there is a path although it may not be seen from the valley."

− Theodore Roethke

"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another."

− Mahatma Gandhi
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