The southern frontier of the Sahel desert arcs across southern Mauritania, north and western Senegal, parts of northern and western Mali, the northern region of Burkina Faso and then eastward. Throughout this region, desertification has advanced steadily since the mid-twentieth century, taking away arable land, and threatening the agricultural livelihoods of small producers in Burkina Faso. However along the edge of this southern “semi-desert,” small family farms which are passed down from generation to generation still grow cereals such as millet and sorghum. Matthieu Ouedraogo believes that these family farms are also at the heart of regional innovation. Through assisting the growth and regeneration of local plants to helping build communities of small producers that replicate local innovations, Matthieu hopes to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship among farmers across the region.