Africas Sahel region has been called the canary in the coal mine when it comes to the impact of climate change.
The Sahara desert which skirts the Sahel to the south has expanded by 10% over the past 100 years according to a national science foundation study.
As land for growing crops and rearing livestock becomes scarcer it is causing intercommunal violence in countries like Burkina Faso.
The violence has contributed to a six-year conflict between the Bukin Arbi government and groups linked to the Islamic State and Al Qaeda.
Now a Belgian African company called Homatere is working to curb desert expansion by planting trees and making land usable again
in some of Burkina Fasos most conflict areas.
More and more people are talking about climate change as something that falls on them and that we are all responsible for it.
There are many things we could do to reduce logging to control animal grazing to protect young trees to improve farming and forestry techniques
to make better use of what we have.
By planting trees locals can make money from producing oil nuts and seeds.
Trees also make the ground fertile again which means it can be used for farming or raising livestock.
One hometear worker whose identity we have protected says life had been very hard in his community before the project began.
It was difficult because there was nothing to do as farming was not that beneficial.
We try to find small jobs in livestock as well.
But in a hostile environment where terrorist attacks happen almost daily Homiters operations are risky.
One Homiteer worker whose identity we have protected says community leaders they worked with have lost their lives in violent attacks.
Earlier we introduced you to our strategic advisors,initially there were six now you must have noticed that there are four two have been killed since last year.
May they rest in peace.
Yet those involved with homiter believe their work is important.
Everything is doing is very noble and should be saluted.
The desert is advancing rapidly into Sahel were taking on challenges of recovering a lot of land allowing animals and people to live properly.
Unlike many international organizations with a stated mission of improving lives in Burkina Fasos countryside homitaire is run for profit.
The company says its purpose in restoring degraded land is to foster profitable and sustainable agroforestry in collaboration with local communities.
Henry Wilkins for VOA news wagadugu burkina faso