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World Rural Women’s Day: Burkina Faso Rural Women Interview MPs

Monday, October 16, 2017, World Food Day, the rural women of Burkina Faso, essential links of the agricultural production and processing presented their arguments to parliamentarians about their conditions. Rural women members of women’s farmers’ organizations from all over Burkina Faso and representatives of partners SPONG and OXFAM raised their concerns about the financing of family farming to parliamentarians. In the absence of an interlocutor, they ended up asking journalists to transmit their grievances.

Colette Nana, President of the Rural Women’s Organization

 For the president of the farmers’ organization, Colette Nana, despite their willingness to contribute to the food and nutritional security of Burkina Faso, they are hampered by policies and practices that do not always favor their participation in the construction of a Burkina “without hunger”. Hence their cry of the heart to take account of their causes in development policies. Their concerns can be summarized, inter alia, by insufficient resources allocated to the sector, difficulties in securing access to land, insufficient inputs and materials for production and processing, lack of training, access to credit. On this point, Korotoumou Gariko of the rural women’s college of Burkina said: “Women are asked to have a credit of 1 million, an urban permit to live. How many men in Burkina Faso are willing to sacrifice their licenses for their wives? The conditions must be relaxed to accompany women “. They did not fail to recall the commitments made by the political leaders of the country. “On March 8 … they said they would help women in entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is not going to give a calabash, two pots to a woman to say that she has only to produce and be an entrepreneur. It requires means

“.Sabine Ouédraogo Compaoré, from the regional committee of citizen control in the Sahel.

 The women believe that even the current actions of the government are minimal “It is not that the government does nothing but we find that it is little. One cannot give 100,000 CFA francs to a woman for example and expect her to be an entrepreneur,”implied Sabine Ouedraogo Compaoré of the regional committee of citizen control in the Sahel. Even if there is help, it is not always appropriate, said Sabine Ouedraogo. “We need credit that is adapted to women and to each sector. A woman who processes rice does not have the same need as the one who grows rice.” Their advocacy also extends to agriculture and livestock and the environment.