"In the Northern part of..." Burkina Faso Local Custom Tip by lichinga

Burkina Faso Local Customs: 13 reviews and 26 photos


In the Northern part of Burkina, you may meet the Peul people. They wear a tipical coical-sahped hat, made with straw and leather. A lot of people buy them as a souvenir and they can be easily found in the main market places.

By my point of view, it is extremely interesting to see how farming is organised in Burkina, taking into consideration that all the rain will fall in a limited number of days. People traditionally prepares holes, with half-moon shape, in which all the different kind of seeds are sown: the staple cereals - sorghum and pearl millet - manage to give a cob in 47 days. The problem is it is difficult for the farmers to keep their own seeds, which are the only ones to grant these characteristics: if they should rely on the seed from the market, no suitable variety may be found. Unfortunately, keeping the seeds is possible as far as you don't need to face shortages during the dry season: should this happen, farmers will have to eat their own seeds. This is the reason several NGO's projects aim at re-establishing some sort of village-level common organisation for redistribution of local seeds to farmers in need. As you may easily imagine, this is not the kind of policy that multinationals, the WTO rules and the priorities of people wanting to patent natural products will accept!

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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