Access to land for women producers in urban areas: the case of women market gardeners in Tanghin Dam No. 3 and 4 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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Yilaa burkina-faso

On Saturday, February 27, 2021, a team from Yilaa Burkina Faso went to the field to access the challenges faced by women producers in accessing and having control over land and other natural resources.

Urban women producers face challenges in accessing and owing land. All the inputs (fertilizer, seeds, treatment products, etc.) are provided by the landowner. Following a contract negotiated at the onset, women are to provide labour throughout the production process. During harvesting, on the principle of 1/3, 2/3, the produce from the farm is divided between the landowner who takes 2/3 against 1/3 for the women.

Although there are policies and laws on land tenure in Burkina Faso with the most recent is Law 034/AN/2009 on land tenure, the country remains silent on the issue of access and control over land by women and young people. Indeed, the question constitutes a taboo in our families.

Mr. Kiekieta, a producer and occupant near the dam in his fifties retorts to the question of knowing:

  • Yilaa team: Do young people have their own plots for their own production in your perimeter?
  • Kiekieta: I have four boys but must admit that I do not. I inherited this perimeter from my father who inherited it from his father. So, my boys have to work in the field for the benefit of the family.

“What about the women who are in your perimeter?” We asked. “They work there, but for the family. However, more women come to serve as laborers for the various cultivation operations (ploughing, setting up beds, watering, weeding, hoeing, sowing, harvesting, etc.). They are paid at the end of the harvest,” Kiekieta answered. “Why don’t they have their own production plot ? ” We kept inquiring. “You who went to white school are looking for problems. Women in our society do not have the right to own land. She belongs to a family and her needs are considered by the family,” he said.


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