2nd Phase Project CMF (Campaign 2020-2021)

2nd Phase of the project of CMF. Campaign 2020 - 2021

Improving the agricultural production of organic tiger nut through the empowerment of women tiger nut farmers and the use of appropriate methodologies in Western Burkina Faso. Towards food sovereignty.Fase 1 del proyecto de la CMF. Campaña 2019 – 2020

The CMF began its 2020/2021 production campaign (Phase 2) at the end of May, with various meetings between the women and their families and the cooperative's technical team. In this new campaign, the cooperative counted on the incorporation of other tiger nut-producing families who worked in their own fields and who decided to join the CMF given the success of the previous campaign. After the purchase of fertilizers and seeds, in the month of June work began on the delimitation and preparation of the land, which was ready for sowing to begin in mid-July. From then until October, the women were immersed in tasks of care and maintenance of the land, so that the growth of the tiger nut is not limited by other weeds.

During this second phase, all the women farmers who are members of the CMF have received new training in organic farming techniques.

At the end of January, harvesting began and finished in March 2021. The whole process of preparing the land, sowing, harvesting, and subsequent treatment of the tiger nut has been supervised by the ECOCERT certifier. As in the first phase of the project, the entire production of this second campaign has been certified as an organic product.  

The main feature of this second phase of the project has been the heavy investment in equipping and improving the cooperative's infrastructure, thanks to the invaluable support of the Valencia and ASPE town councils. These investments will enable the CMF to continue to make steady progress toward achieving its objectives. Among the investments made, we would like to highlight the following:

  • Construction of a shaded area in the fields, to protect them from the sun and rain,  which also serves as a rest area.
  • Purchase of a tricycle to facilitate the transport of the tiger nuts from the fields to the warehouse
  • Construction of a hangar in February 2021 next to the warehouse, for the work of triage and washing of the tiger nuts.
  • Construction of the cement track next to the warehouse, in February 2021, for drying the tiger nuts for drying the tiger nuts.
  • Construction of a well, in the months of January and February 2021, for the tiger nut cleaning work, facilitating access to drinking water for the producer families.
  • Provision of solar panels, batteries, and accessories for the lighting of the warehouse, allowing for more flexible and improved working hours.

Likewise, the provision of tools has continued to improve, including the purchase of 2 oxen for tilling the land and harvesting the tiger nuts.

In this phase of the project, the organization of the CMF has continued to improve, for which a group of 22 women leaders has been formed, who have developed a very important role representing each of the families and leading the organization of the cultivation tasks and the subsequent harvesting and treatment of the tiger nuts.

After the end of the campaign, several meetings were held with the producer families to analyze the development of this second phase of the project. The conclusions have been very positive. The families are very satisfied with this initiative and highlight the positive effects it is having on the local population. Families have increased their purchasing power, and this has allowed them to improve various aspects of daily life, such as paying school fees, buying food, improving access to health care services, etc. In addition, women are empowered by having a space where they can develop and increase their technical skills, have a say in the organization's decision-making, and serve as a driving force for the development of the local community.

During the third phase of the project, the lessons learned from the first phase have been put into practice, mainly at a technical and organizational level, which has allowed an increase in the degree of achievement of the project's objectives. This is a pioneering and innovative project, so the evolution has been continuous. We also highlight the continuous support of the local population for the CMF initiative, and the increase in their involvement as the results of the project emerge.

Finally, following the principles of transparency that govern both CIM Burkina and ASFES and the CMF, an external audit of phases 1 and 2 was carried out in June, covering financial accounting and management aspects of the project. The audit report provided positive conclusions and recommendations for the organizational improvement of the project, which has already been implemented in the third phase of the project.

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