The milky way of the women of Oubritenga

  • Burkina Faso is a low-income Sahelian country with fragile natural resources and subject to the vagaries of climate change. Agriculture is mainly family-run
    and employs 80% of the active population to contribute only 30% to the GDP. The country has significant dairy potential (cattle, sheep, goats). Women are at the heart of the local dairy economy: they take part in the care given to the animals, manage the milking and the sale of the milk, while the men prefer to ensure that the "living capital" is maintained, but the income from this sale remains weak. Marked by seasonality and the difficulty of preservation, local milk production faces competition from imported powdered milk, sold 30 to 50% cheaper. The low productivity of dairy farms and the lack of organization, training and equipment of the economic actors of the local dairy chain hinder the expression of its potential. However, the local demand for dairy products is strong and support for this traditional sector is essential to contribute to the local development of the country.

  • The project contributes to food security and the reduction of poverty and inequalities in Burkina Faso. It aims to support the development of a local, sustainable and inclusive dairy sector in the province of Oubritenga, in particular by strengthening women in this strategic sector. For this, the project will intervene on 4 axes:

    - Improved milk production and the resilience of livestock systems

    - Experimentation of dairy goat breeding led by women

    - Development of a short, fair and equitable circuit for an offer of quality dairy products

    - Promotion of products from the local dairy sector to consumers

  • - Farmers ensure a stable milk supply through the adoption of agro-ecological farming practices to meet environmental, climatic and security challenges.

    - A short, fair and equitable circuit for the promotion of local milk is being set up in the province of Oubritenga, thanks to a social and solidarity dairy unit and permanent networks for the collection and distribution of milk and its by-products .

    -Burkinabe consumers reconnect with a local product and contribute to the
    national advocacy
    through enhanced capacity for choice and changing purchasing behaviors. Including 150 pastoralist households supported, 15 collectors trained, 3 milk processors 40 traders mobilized, 150 stables and goat houses built, 50 cows and 75 goats distributed

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