Where We Work
Burkina Faso’s agriculture sector continues to generate roughly a third of the country’s GDP and employs 80 percent of the population.
Agriculture production is generally characterized by low crop and livestock productivity and mainly supports subsistence livelihoods. Farmsahel in currently working in the region of Centre-Sud, in the municipality of Binde in Burkina Faso. Our focus for now is on women.
Farmsahel is currently working in the municipality of Binde in the Centre-Sud Region of Burkina Faso.
Bindé is located in the north of the Zoundwéogo province, in the Centre-Sud region of Burkina Faso. It is located about 100 km south of the capital Ouagadougou from the national roads N5, N29 and N17.
Bindé, like the rest of the country has two main seasons:
A long dry season which lasts from November through May. It is marked by the harmattan which blows from north to south. The average monthly temperature hovers around 30 ° C. The hottest months of the year are March and April with temperatures go above 38 ° C sometimes.
A short rainy season from June to October marked by thunderstorms with strong runoff. The rains are generally abundant but poorly distributed over time. The months of July and August generally record half of the precipitation during the rainy period.
Most rural women in Burkina Faso are responsible for providing food for the family, which means they have to redouble their efforts to seek alternative activities to bring in income with which to buy the food they need.
They spend more and more time looking for water or wood, which are increasingly scarce as a result of desertification and overexploitation.
This workload leaves women with very little time to dedicate to their farms, and when they do, they don't use fancy farm equipment nor advanced technology.
They end up producing not even enough to feed the family.