THE MAN WHO STOPPPED THE DESERT

Wanstead Tap, Winchelsea Rd

7pm / free, book tickets here

This is the remarkable story of Yacouba Sawadogo, a Sahel farmer who decided he would remain steadfast against the creeping desert. By reviving and adapting an ancient farming technique known as Zai, he began to grow crops successfully on previously abandoned land. Yacouba’s hardest battle was not with the elements, however, but with the people around him. On every side he faced opposition to his new techniques. Today his name is synonymous with reversing the process of desertification. so much so that in November 2009 he was invited to Washington DC to share his story with policy makers on Capitol Hill.

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