Draft donkey in Burkina Faso*

The development of donkeys as draft animals in Burkina Faso starting from 1959: From 1959 to 1969, ten young Luxembourgian volunteers together with state and clerical actors promoted the draft donkey in Burkina Faso.

The organization of Luxembourgian Young Farmers returned to the country in 2003, where they have been continuing the promotion of this draft animal and of improved agricultural methods up to now.

Today, 63 years later, the donkey has become a precious animal to help the African farmer to have a better life.
*Draft animals – in the Past, Present and Future
Virtuel Conference: May 8-9, 2021
Session 2 – Historical Perspectives
Lecture by Marcel Scheidweiler, Luxembourg


Draft animals – in the Past, Present and Future

Virtuel Conference: May 8-9, 2021

A message from the Organizer:

For millenia, draft animals played a key role in the survival of many cultures. Even today, draft animals still secure the livelihood of millions of people around the globe. Be it in transportation, agriculture or forestry: draft animals can offer sustainable, ecofriendly and economically valuable ways of land-use. Nevertheless, there are a lot of challenges, ranging from the pressure of hight profit markets or politics to animal welfare, breeding and harnessing. The total number of draft animals is universally declining. In 2021, our international and virtual conference will seek to address these challenges.
Experts from around the world will discuss the history, preservation, education and future of draft animals.

Claus Kropp,
Conference Organizer and Manager of the Lauresham Laboratory for Experimental Archaeology (DE)


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