Food supply in Ouagadougou: Women’s experiences of COVID-19 restrictions

Special report: Women and food sovereignty: resilience, autonomy and inventiveness
By Honorine P. Sawadogo

This study reveals the role women played in supplying Ouagadougou with food products (fruits, vegetables, cereals) despite the constraints linked to the numerous measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Burkina Faso. The results show that the closure of land borders for more than a year led to difficulties in supplying basic necessities, significant losses of fruits and vegetables, and shortages of foodstuffs on the market, causing food prices to rise. Women experienced drastic shortages, and urban consumers became food insecure. Our survey reveals the need to evolve agricultural and food systems by first enhancing domestic resources.

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