This week we went on two separate field trips. One over the day to Bilanga and a regular one to Matiacoali. Internet has been behaving very badly the last few weeks, so I’ve been struggling to put photos up. I tried to instagram a clip three days ago. It’s still charging. Finally the gods of the www have shown some sympathy.
I thought I would honor them with these pictures. This is from the first, one-day trip to a village called Tendane in the Bilanga Municipality.
An unexpected advantage of my child rights internship is all the things I learn about agriculture and plants. Onions (the main part of the field above) want dry, sandy soil and not too much water. In two to three months the onions will be ready for harvest. If the rainy season feels like an early start, they may all rot in the field. Let’s not kill any spiders before June. On the sides, there’s corn and if I remember correctly, what you can see in the foreground is okra used to make the gombo sauce in Burkina’s national dish tôt.
”Oh, a green tomato, haven’t really tasted them before”. Turns out it was a kind of squash.
We attended the village gathering after visiting the fields. My colleagues are sitting on my left, giving information and asking questions about how things are going. One challenge that was raised was the access to markets for vegetables. Some years there are several buyers coming along, wanting to buy large quantities. Other years there, no one comes to the village. There is no good way of preserve fresh vegetables, which means a good part of them will perish in lack of access to a suitable market.
We came to Tendane to examine the possibility for a new potential project of ODE’s. Agriculture here as shown in the pictures is not supported by us through any project as of now. Although we do give support to the school canteen through PAPPDE BM II, which is the project I am on. In short it works like this. If the school offers children a decent meal, parents are much more likely to send them there. The kids are also much more likely to focus and learn what they are supposed to. ODE gives money to build a storage room and buy grains, such as sorghum or millet. The grains are bought just after harvest, when prices are low and sold at the end of the dry season, when prices reach their annual maximum. The surplus is sufficient to run the canteen for a full school year.