Burkina Faso, October 2012
Burkina Faso, is a landlocked country with borders that touch six countries: Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d’Ivoire to the southwest. It has few natural resources, a weak industrial base and relies heavily on cotton and gold exports for revenue. The economy is barely diversified and largely dependent on the primary sector.
The WFP Country Programme constitutes a shift towards innovative approaches for sustainable hunger solutions, with emphasis on supporting local economies and national structures. The objective is to ensure food and nutrition security, particularly for women and children, in a context of climate change whereby disaster prevention and preparedness become critical elements of poverty-reduction policies. All activities take into account WFP’s gender policy. WFP assistance will reach an average of 560 000 beneficiaries per year in 3 regions (Sahel, East and North), characterized by structural food insecurity, high rates of chronic malnutrition, low school enrolment, illiteracy and low attendance of health facilities. More than 80 % of the food distributed is purchased locally.
Photos: WFP/Rein Skullerud