It is mid of July in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), it is Ramadan, a spiritual time in a country where 60% of the population is Muslim. Everyone gets prepared for Eid Al-Fitir, the celebration of the end of Ramadan. It means lots of meat and slaughtering animals. I guess it is the best time to walk on the Ouagadougou livestock market, called Sougr-Nooma.
|Entrance to the market "Marche du betail Sougr-Nooma"|
The first thing i was explained was about the very high feeding cost in Ouagadougou. Therefore, sellers want to sell quickly. The feed on the livestock on millet they prepare with water and grass that a seller sells just outside the market place.
|The grass seller outside of the market place|
One is coming from the North and East of the country and is a dwarf. It is very well suited for the harsh in conditions.
|A baby dwarf goat|
|The very big breed|
|My colleague and i, no geneticist, decided to call this one just "le barbu" (the bearded)|
|The white goats|
|The value of this goat is lower, because of the black dots around its eyes|
When you walk out of the market you see the trucks with which the goats and sheep arrive into Ouagadougou. If the animal comes from the pastoralist zone, then it has passed in at least two markets: a collecting market (marche de collecte) and a regroupement market (marche de regroupement) where buyer and seller try to make profit, often at the cost of the pastoratlist who remains poor.
|Trucks arriving from the regroupment markets|
And a great thanks to my ILRI colleagues who made this visit possible!