Using an ancient farming technique called “zaï”, he was able to terraform the desert, turning it back into rainforest like environment. His name is Yacouba Sawadogo.
Trees generate natural clouds, which generates rain. The roots of trees filters the water when it travels through the soil keeping the water clean.
In Burkina Faso, the desertification of once fertile plains caused droughts and ruined harvests, sparking a mass exodus and famines. Yet one illiterate peasant farmer and his ingenious farming methods have proved the key to achieving what experts have failed to do: stop the desert. This is the unique story of Yacouba Sawadogo, whose years of toil have transformed the lives of thousands.