Here is the incredible story of a man who managed to stop the desert with an ancient technique
There are heroes who act silent, without getting too much publicity or without posting spectacular selfies on social networks. One of these was certainly Yacouba Sawadogo, a brilliant and innovative African farmer who over the past 30 years has revived ancient reforestation techniques in the desert area of the Sahel.
The man managed to get extraordinary results using only a shovel and the firm conviction that everything can be changed for the better if you really want it.
All the vegetation present in the Sahel region, in Africa, had disappeared in the 1980s, with a reduction in rainfall of over 80%. Many locals had to abandon their land to survive.
Yacouba, however, decided to stay and try to do something for his land. Being illiterate and without machinery, he faced the problem using an ancient African cultivation system called zai: the seeds are placed in small holes filled with fertilizer which fill with water during the rainy season, preserving the humidity.
The labors of Yacouba were eventually rewarded, with the revival of vegetation on those lands. Also the cultivations of sorghum and millet have started to spread again. The story was told a few years ago even in a documentary and today the old technique of the zai has returned to current, even taught in schools in those regions. In short, never underestimate the wisdom of the ancients!