The Man Who Stopped the Desert

Yacouba Sawadogo, an illiterate farmer from Burkina Faso has transformed the lives of thousands of people across West Africa. Over cinematic reconstruction Sawadogo tells his incredible story of his battle with nature and man.

Directors

Mark Dodd

Country

UK

Year

2010

Running Time

62 mins

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Man Who Stopped the DesertYacouba Sawadogo, an illiterate farmer from Burkina Faso has transformed the lives of thousands of people across West Africa. Over cinematic reconstruction Sawadogo tells his incredible story of his battle with nature and man.

“Today more than six billion people rely on food grown on just 11% of the global land surface"

Soil is essential to life on earth. But much of the world’s soil has become degraded and useless. As the global demand for food grows, millions of pounds and the latest technological advances have been invested in attempts to improve soil quality. Leading scientists and agriculturalists from around the world strive against growing world hunger to find the means to bring exhausted soils back into production but it seems that an illiterate peasant farmer from one of the poorest countries on the Earth has finally begun to reverse the process known as desertification. Yacouba Sawadogo has transformed the lives of thousands of people across the Sahel.

Screening: March 06, 2011 at Landmark Embarcadero. SF Premiere.

In celebration of UN International Year of Forests.