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Women in Burkina Faso are often facing fluctuating incomes and food and nutritional insecurity because of lack of access and control of land, financial services, market access and quality inputs. These women traditionally generate some income by selling shea nuts or shea butter on the local markets. Private company, Olvea Burkina Faso, received financial support from Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV) in setting up a project to include these women in the value chain.

This video shows how the company buys the nuts and grains from 90 women cooperatives. The secured and long-term contracts will allow business planning of both the cooperatives and the private sector. It makes these cooperatives a strong partner in the value chain. This has resulted in more food and better nutrition for families, more feed for animals and a higher and more stable income for these women.