The first impact on women here in Burkina Faso is that it limited their access to the poultry market. During the lockdown, the main urban cities were closed, so the goods could no longer come to the cities. Most of the poultry produced by women is sold in the urban markets, so since the urban market was closed, they had to store their poultry. This means they had to increase their spending to feed them and house them, which created additional, and unexpected, expenses. Also, women couldn’t access some basic inputs like feed and poultry vaccinations services. Those are the key impacts that affected women. So women were limited to very little income in the first few months of lockdown.
This observation does not fail to draw a big smile from his neighbor, Djahouri Yarga, a trader in Dori. “Without the means, it is difficult to start a business. It’s a question of means” he says. “You have your little shop in the neighborhood, you’re doing pretty well. The merchant with whom you buy the products sees that you are fine. Since he has the means, he comes to open a big store in the same one where you are installed. You can’t compete with him”, he explains.
To improve economic and social outcomes for women smallholder farmers in Burkina Faso and increase access to nutritious diets in smallholder farming communities, today Tanager – with funding support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – announced the second phase of the Soutenir l’Exploitation Famaliales pour Lancer l’Elevage des Volailles et Valoriser l’Economie Rurale (SELEVER 2) program.
2019 was a year of incredible achievement and impact for the people, communities, and businesses that Tanager works with across the globe. With activities that positively impact over 105 thousand people worldwide, Tanager’s work won multiple awards, we collaborated on leading industry reports on sustainable agriculture, increased women’s market inclusion across the continent of Africa, improved nutrition outcomes for households, and continued to be an industry leader in the field of sustainable agriculture.
For much of the world, the real face of poverty is a smallholder farmer. According to the FAO, of the 2.5 billion people living directly from food or agriculture sectors in poor countries, 1.5 billion of them are smallholder farmers, with about 65% of those living in extreme poverty and over 50% being classified as moderate poor (1). Recent SDG 1 projections indicate that 6% of the world’s population will still be living in extreme poverty in 2030 if current trends continue.
How do we bridge the gap towards achieving an end to poverty?
In June of 2018, Agribusiness Systems International (ASI) changed its name to Tanager and launched a new visual brand and website. Tanager – a species of bird identified by Charles Darwin for its unique ability to manipulate tools with its beak and adapt to different environments – was chosen to represent an organization that refines its approaches and techniques to help life-changing economic and social opportunities take flight. Those qualities of adaptation and innovation are reflected in the impact we have had in the last year.
“Previously, it was unimaginable for a woman to think that, like a man, she could raise poultry to sell for income. But today, things are changing,” says Bibata Traoré, from the village of Ouahabou in Burkina Faso. At the age of 44, this mother of five worked selling flour and ground peanuts to help her husband cover health care and education costs for their children. Now, thanks to her hard work and Tanager’s expertise, she has overcome a disability to become an entrepreneur.
President Ana Bilik thanks Tanager’s partners for helping to create economic and social mobility and stability for workers around the world.
International Day of Rural women was established by the United Nations in 2008 to recognize the contributions that rural women make to their households, communities, and the world.
A Tanager team attended the International Cotton and Textile Conference (SICOT) in Burkina Faso.