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WFP Burkina Faso Country Brief, January 2017

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • WFP attended the World Economic Forum in Davos and launched the Healthy Not Hungry campaign to accelerate progress to SDG 2 — Zero Hunger, and SDG 3 — Good Health and Well-Being. On the fringes of the event in Davos, a special “satellite event” was organized in Dori (Sahel region) on 12 January.

  • The Zero Hunger Review started in Burkina Faso while awaiting the official launch by the Government. The Review will lay the groundwork for designing WFP’s Country Strategic Plan.

Operational Updates

  • The Zero Hunger Review started in Burkina Faso led by the national lead convener, Mr. Pierre Claver Damiba and the team of consultants while awaiting the official launch by the Government. A task force has been settled and involves high level Government officials designated by their respective ministers.

  • Scaling up of the yogurt project is still in progress, with 4,700 recipient schoolchildren in 26 schools. WFP works with two additional dairies in order to expand the project in the Séno province, in addition to Soum province.

  • Food assistance to Malian refugees and nutrition activities are pursued. Nevertheless, nutrition activities are implemented on a reduced scale due to funding constraints. Preventive nutrition activities are pursued for 2,500 children in the East region. Assistance to antiretroviral therapy clients was only carried out in December during the last quarter due to lack of funding.

  • Food assistance for assets activities started in the East region. They will be progressively expanded and additional households will be enrolled in the East but also in the North, the Centre North and Sahel regions.

Challenges

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 to vulnerable people. The interruption of crucial activities (nutritional support to the most vulnerable, school meals programme, etc.) threatens human lives and national long-term development. Against the backdrop of these funding challenges, the Harmonized framework has identified one million people currently in need of food assistance (under stress and in crisis). It is foreseen that this number will increase to 2.7 million in August 2017. Insecurity in the Sahel region became a threat for the operations. WFP supports education in this province through school meals.