Type of intervention
- Nutrition and health
- Food security
- Water, sanitation and hygiene
Places of interventions
- Diapaga (Tapoa province)
- Bogande (Gnagna province)
Landlocked country, without any important natural resources, dependent on importations, Burkina Faso is particularly weakened by its global economic imbalanced. This economic and environmental context has a direct impact on the nutritional situation of the population.
Outlooks are worrying: the Burkinabe economy, basically based on rainfed agriculture, can be strongly affected by recurrent natural incidents, stagnating yields, hard access inputs and the progressive soil impoverishment.
The Burkinabe population evolves in a permanent precarious nutritional situation which explains that aside any crisis, the nutritional state of a big part of the population is critical.
Further, the population is every year exposed to seasonal food insecurity during the hunger gap which gravity is different from a year to another and from a region to another, depending on the agricultural production.
This risk is not the only one to take into account, there are also “exceptional crisis”. In 2009 and 2010, Burkina Faso faced great floods. The Gnagna province, Eastern Burkina Faso, was the most affected one with more than 50,000 victims. Moreover, those last years, heavy damaging rains have endangered the population already fragile. During the year 2011, low rainfall registered in the Sahel regions led to large agricultural deficits. The country is threatened by an important food crisis in several regions in 2012.
Action Against Hunger is preparing greater under-nutrition care programs for the next hunger gap and following its long-term programs in nutrition and health, food security and water, sanitation and hygiene.
ECHO, EUROPAID, OFDA, DFID, MAE, private foundations, French local authorities, SIFA, FAO, AFD
Key figures of the country
- Number of beneficiaries: 82 074
- Population: 17 million inhabitants
- Life expectancy: 55,4 years old
- Human Development Index: 181/187
- GDP/inhabitant: 517$US
Sources: PNUD, ONU
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ACF has started working in Burkina Faso, in the Eastern region, in 2008 to support local health facilities in order to improve prevention and severe acute under-nutrition care. The Eastern region is one of the Burkinabe regions with the most alarming development indicators. Deeply rural, this region has the lowest education and literacy rates. On the contrary, fertility rate breaks records. Acute under-nutrition rates are worrying. It is one of the priority regions for the WFP (World Food Program) with the Sahel and the North. ACF will continue focusing its work on this region needs.
By 2008, ACF intervene in the sanitary district of Diapaga, with a supporting program of sanitary infrastructures in order to apply the national nutritional protocol. The project includes communitarian activities to ensure active prevention and screening of under-nutrition. In the district, ACF addresses the underlying factors of under-nutrition by implementing activities to improve food security, access to drinking water and sanitation.
In 2009, ACF launched a new program for the Eastern region with a base in Fada N’Gourma to support sanitary infrastructures in order to improve severe acute under-nutrition care with complication and the nutritional inputs supply chain.
This program evolved in 2011 to support 3 sanitary districts in the Eastern region: Manni, Bogande and Pama (Gnagna and Kompienga provinces).
In August 2010, ACF started emergency activities to respond to the floods which affected the province in July 2010. The project aimed to reach directly the population in need and to support the rehabilitation of their livelihoods. Following this emergency response, ACF launched a long-term program in population recovery and climatic crisis prevention. ACF connects this project with other nutritional programs in the area.
Aside from its location in the Easter Burkina Faso, ACF is ready to intervene in other regions depending on the humanitarian needs, like in 2009 for an emergency response after the floods in Ouagadougou. Therefore, ACF will continue to develop advocacy activities to integrate under-nutrition in national policies.
In 2012, Action Against Hunger has 4 strategic objectives in Burkina Faso:
- Prevent under-nutrition by acting on its underlying causes: improving drinking water and sanitation access, and food security, care and food practices promotion.
- Anticipate and manage humanitarian crisis: improving monitoring and humanitarian coordination.
- Improve acute under-nutrition care by supporting local sanitary services in the national protocol application.
- Follow and amplify ACF’s activities: local actor’s mobilization around under-nutrition issues.