The Universitat de València, through the Cooperation department of the General Foundation, carries out a promotional and empowering task pro women by collaborating on some projects together with the Association pour la Promotion Fémminine of Gaoua (APFG). As a part of the programme 0.7 ‘Una Nau de Solidaritat’, the Universitat de València has contributed to fomenting the women’s access to work places in Gaoua (South-East) as well as supporting women to participate in the activities organised by the APFG.
In particular, the project consisted in the expansion and infrastructure provision in a fortified flour production centre, apart from bettering the safety measures; production, distribution and sold of flours; and opening a development and research line. The coordination head is Jesús Blesa Jarque, lecturer in the department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Food Science, Toxicology and Forensic Medicine.
The production line of fortified flour has improved due to the infrastructure expansion and the energetic development. Therefore, apart from the increase in the production, the target use as processed flour coming from grains and legumes of the local market creates a nutritionally healthy mixture. On average, two flour productions are carried out per month.
The developed action has allowed the integration of Gaoua women in the process of economic, social, and cultural development of the area by improving their living standards. Moreover, as a stage of the commercialization process, a training in the APFG was organised and it allowed 30 women living in this area becoming trainers who will explain and disseminate the advantages of flour. Weekly meetings with the producers are also carried out in order to improve the production. Regarding flour consmption, an average of 200 kilos are produced and sold to more than 50 women, which implies the improvement on the diet of 50 families.
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world and, according to data collected by different organisations, the women’s illiteracy is at a critical state. On a background of extreme poverty, which is the first reason of school dropout together with the non-favourable traditions for the educational, social and economic development of women do not progress, since they are at a second level and are supposed to stay at home dealing with the household and living shotgun weddings since they are children. Projects such as this one, encouraged by the Universitat de València together with the APFG, contribute to reverse this situation.