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Farm activities

Rains came, but have stopped for about a week now…. Let’s hope that they will be more regular in this season. Nepotism and withholding fees I am not sure why I am talking again about nepotism since it is a disease difficult to cure. Recently, the general manager of...

News from Burkina Faso

It is nice to see so much green after a long period of brown colors Fetishes have more power than our lectures For many years we have been explaining to farmers that growing cotton is not profitable. We can demonstrate that to them and they can agree on our...

Challenges of having “only” one rainy season

2 July 2018 The rainy season seems to have finally arrived with rains every other day. Farmers and their families are busy working in the fields. Challenges of having “only” one rainy season In Burkina there is only one rainy season from June to September. This means...

Situation in Burkina Faso

24 June 2018 It has been 2 weeks since I came back to Burkina Faso. This period is supposed to be the start of the rainy season, but only just this morning we got a long and steady rain. First time we see fruit on this palm tree in our garden. Apparently we cannot eat...

Firebug (gendarme) a very special insect

[:nl]End of our trip this time, so last blog. We had to change our return date due to the fact that Air France is on strike (again).  Between the railway company which is  on strike 2 days per week since 5 weeks, and Air France on strike at least 5 days per month, it...

Monsanto

[:nl] MONSANTO Monsanto introduced OGM cotton in Burkina Faso about 10 years ago. Three years ago It was banned, since the fiber of the cotton was rather short and could not be sold easily. In the meantime, the “white fly” which used to attack that cotton, had to find...

News from Burkina Faso

[:nl] Reminder: These temperatures are taken in the shade. Yesterday we heard a big bang in our bed room. An electrical insect repeller blew out of its socket. The rest of the power went down as well. We called our electrician who found out that we had 380V coming in...

No cash, and nothing to eat in some villages

[:nl]15 April 2018 Eugenie and I have been back in Burkina for almost 2 weeks. April is the hottest and more difficult month here. During the day the temperature goes up to 42oC and at night it doesn’t go below 27oC. April is also the month of the first rains. We have...

Situation in Burkina Faso

[:nl]4 March 2018 Burkina Faso So, it seems that Burkina Faso has to make the headlines every 6 months with a terrorist attack. In the past months we had seen more and more tourists in Burkina. Also, more news was coming about foreign companies coming to look at...

Seasons and activities in villages in Burkina

[:nl]11 February 2018 Seasons and activities in villages in Burkina In Burkina, there are two main seasons one dry and one rainy. In between there are some transitions towards rains or away from rains. The activities of villagers are mainly linked with the seasons....

News from Burkina

[:nl]4 February 2018 The first week of this trip was with cool nights and little dust in the air. This past week dust is back and temperatures are not decreasing at night as for the first week. News from Burkina On the education front, the unions and the government...

Situation of education in Burkina 

[:nl]28 January 2018 First, I would like to wish all of you a happy and healthy 2018. I have been back in Burkina since a week. Situation of education in Burkina  I already mentioned in previous blogs that there were a lot of strikes in December from teachers for all...

December not a month for studying in Burkina

[:nl]17 December 2017 This is the last blog for 2017. We will go back to The Netherlands this coming Wednesday to be with the family for Christmas.           December not a month for studying in Burkina The month of December is not a very...

Beekeeping

[:nl]10 December 2017 We are coming towards the end of this trip. We will go back to NL on December 20th. In the meantime, Eugénie has returned to Burkina. The container we sent at the end of September has arrived. She is in charge of sorting out the second hand...

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