Farmsahel is currently working in the municipality of Binde in the Region of Centre-Sud of Burkina Faso.
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.
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.
The rural commune of Bindé has the following borders:
- in the North and North-West by the rural communes of Béré and Boudry (province of Ganzourgou);
- to the east by the rural commune of Niangho (province of Boulgou);
- to the west by the rural commune of Guiba;
- in the South by the municipalities of Manga and Gogo (gives card n ° 1).
It is located between 11.9057 ° and 11.6784 ° North latitude on the one hand, and 1.8207 ° West longitude on the other hand.
Bindé has 31 administrative villages and covers an area of approximately 503.96 km2, or 14.59% of the provincial area, which is 3453 km2. Bindé, capital of the commune, is 19 km from Manga (capital of Zoundwéogo province and capital of the Center-Sud region) by the Bindé-Guiba-Manga axis.
Bindé is located in the North Sudanese climatic zone (GUINKO, 1984), characterized by two (2) main seasons which are:
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. We notice however, the hottest months are those of March and April with temperatures greater than or equal to 38 ° C.
A short winter season from June to October marked by thunderstorms with strong runoff. The rains are generally abundant but poorly distributed over time and in the space. The months of July and August generally record half of the precipitation during the winter 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