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WFP Burkina Faso Country Brief, April 2017

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  • During the month of April, WFP carried out community-based participatory planning exercises in eight villages in the Centre-North, East and North regions.

  • New contributions are still required to cover the basic food needs of Malian refugees in Burkina Faso. This activity is experiencing recurrent resources shortfalls, which would have devastating impacts on the most vulnerable, especially women, children aged between 6-59 months, and the elderly.

Food Assistance for Assets

WFP supports the creation of small-scale agricultural assets and the strengthening of rural farmers’ livelihoods. Activities are focused on land restoration and water conservation in four provinces: East, Centre-North, North, and Sahel. In April 2017, community-based participatory planning exercises were carried out in eight villages. In collaboration with cooperating partners as well as communities themselves, activities related to land restoration have already started in the East region. A total of 4,679 community members, among which 2,611 women (55 percent) are partaking in land restoration activities.

Operational Updates

  • The security situation in Soum (Sahel region) is improving. Scaling up of the milk project in this area is about to start with the two identified milk processing units.

  • Due to lack of funding, nutrition activities are implemented on a reduced scale. However, delay for the delivery of nutritional products are currently compromising nutrition-related activities.

  • Food assistance to Malian refugees is being pursued. This operation is facing funding shortages and without new contributions, food rations could be significantly reduced, which would have dramatic consequences on the nutritional status on beneficiaries, especially women and children.

  • Community-based participatory planning (CBPP) consultations have been completed in all four regions: East, Centre-North, North, and Sahel. Food assistance for assets activities have started in the East region.

Challenges

The lean season is approaching and 1.7 million people will be under food and nutritional stress from June 2017. A total of 257,238 people are at risk of severe food insecurity (phase 3 and above). In the current situation, the main challenge for the country office is to find additional funding and to mitigate the effects of the lack of assistance for vulnerable people. The interruption of crucial activities (nutritional support to the most vulnerable and school meals) will jeopardize life-saving efforts and national long-term development.

The security situation in Soum (Sahel region) has improved as a result of measures taken by the central government. The school year in this province has resumed. WFP supports education in this district through school meals programme.