Amidou lives in the northern part of Burkina Faso, in the Oudalan region. This region is characterized by a Sahelian environment. The average annual rainfall of 350 to 400 mm allows both extensive millet growth and relatively nomadic cattle breeding.
Several sedentary or semi-nomadic ethnic groups of farmers/cattle breeders live together in this region. Although some family production units live essentially on cattle breeding, most families combine the two activities
Millet and milk are their basic foods. Sales of animals provide money to buy the cereals necessary to their diet, as well as other products. In hard times, complementary activities such as fruit picking (def.), gathering, and especially the work of men at the time of distant migrations may be indispensible for the family to survive and for the reconstitution of their livestock.