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WFP Burkina Faso Country Brief, March 2020

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In Numbers

7,093.96 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 1.4 m of cash distributed

US$ 54 m six months (April-September 2020) net funding requirements

648,512 people assisted in March 2020

Operational Updates

Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs): In March 2020, WFP provided food assistance to 492,955 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host family in the four of the five regions most affected by security incidents (Boucle du Mouhoun, Centre-Nord, Nord and Sahel). This included 72,791 IDPs who received USD 975,914 through mobile money via a local partner. In addition, 13, 846 children aged 6-23 months and 7,764 pregnant and lactating women in the abovementioned regions received 152,08 mt of nutritional support as part of the prevention of acute malnutrition activities.

Assistance to refugees: Situation affecting Malian refugees has been deteriorating with ongoing voluntary repatriations, supported by UNHCR, being reported. Due to the security situation, March distributions were not undertaken neither in the Goudébou nor in the Mentao camp in March 2020. Distributions resumed in early April.

Education: In March 2020, 24,473 pupils including 12,103 girls received two meals per day (mid-day snack and hot lunch) in the Soum and Seno provinces of the Sahel region.
Through the emergency school feeding programme, 27,073 pupils including 13,607 girls were assisted with hot and nutritious lunches. A total of 3,910 girls received take home ration in the form of dry cereal. Furthermore, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes harvested in the schools of Selbo and Bouloye (Sahel region) was used to enrich the meals of the 270 students before the government’s decisions to close schools to break the chain of COVID-19 contamination. Closure of schools affects more than 4.6 million preschool, elementary, post-primary and secondary students, 20,504 schools and 116,338 teachers. As a result, regular and emergency school feeding activities have been halted. WFP is in close consultation with the Ministry of Education and Education Cluster to resume assistance as soon as schools reopen.

Nutrition: In March 2020, 5,938 children aged 6-59 months suffering from moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) and 829 pregnant and lactating women (PLW) received specialized nutritious food as a contribution to treatment of malnutrition.

Resilience: Food assistance for assets (FFA) creation activities to accompany community-based participatory planning (CBPP) communities in structural food deficit areas have been temporarily halted due to the government restrictions that prohibit grouping due to COVID-19. WFP is working on finalizing a strategy to resume the implementation of resilience activities taking into account the new operational context. A total of 35,980 beneficiaries received 342.5 mt of food and 61,264 beneficiaries received USD 391,328.