For this study, fifty female traders were interviewed to produce an inventory of the sources of food products in San-Pédro. Analysis of the survey results revealed that the women get their twenty-two best-selling food products from twenty-six different towns. Among these food products, nine have multiple supply locations, sometimes far away. Food products deteriorating en route due to the lack of appropriate transport has a major negative impact on business. One of the innovations highlighted by traders, begun during and continued after the pandemic, is that all purchasing negotiations and orders are now done by phone.
Special report: Women and food sovereignty: resilience, autonomy and inventivenessBy Victorine Hien, Olayossimi Adechina, Souleymane Diomandé