Summary of WFP assistance: In Burkina Faso, WFP’s ongoing operations aim to increase food security and nutrition, as well as national capacities through a country programme (CP 200163) and protracted relief and recovery operations (PRRO 200509 and PRRO 200793). Under a regional emergency operation (EMOP 200438), Malian refugees receive food and nutrition assistance.
The CP has two main components: school meals for all primary schools in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso, including take-home rations for girls in the last two years, and food and nutrition assistance to people affected by HIV/AIDS. Through PRRO 200793, WFP continues resilience building and fighting acute malnutrition through targeted nutrition activities for children aged 6–59 months with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) and undernourished pregnant and nursing women in seven regions with high global acute malnutrition (GAM) rates. Furthermore, WFP provides incentive rations to caretakers of children receiving in-patient treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM), and blanket supplementary feeding for children aged 6–23 months in the three regions most exposed to food insecurity.
Through EMOP 200438, WFP provides food and nutrition assistance to Malian refugees residing in Burkina Faso. The refugees receive monthly food and cash distributions, whilst children aged 6-59 months, and pregnant and nursing women receive treatment for MAM. WFP continues to align activities with national strategies, policies and protocols regarding food security, nutrition and social protection as well as provide technical support to the Government to increase capacities to deal with high malnutrition and food insecurity rates and food-and nutrition-related emergencies. Gender remains an integral part of all WFP operations in the country. Purchase for Progress (P4P) targets smallscale producers to develop skills in marketing and quality control and provide access to institutional markets and credit.