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Burkina Faso

Boundougnoudji is one of the remote villages in northern Burkina Faso where the Red Cross works with communities to actively detect malnourished children. © European Union/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie

What are the needs?

Burkina Faso is among the poorest countries in the world with one of the highest mortality rates for children under five years old. 80% of its 18.5 million inhabitants are reliant on drought- and flood-prone subsistence farming. With a rapidly growing population and lack of access to basic services, an increasing number of Burkinabè are failing to protect themselves from hunger, malnutrition and illness.

Families who have been forced to sell their assets or incur debt to buy food on the markets or pay for medical bill have become less resilient.

Given the structural nature of food insecurity in Burkina Faso, the number of people requiring food assistance and nutrition care remains high. Some 940 000 people are at risk of food insecurity and 149 000 children under five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition.

How are we helping?

One of the few donors to fund nutrition care in Burkina Faso, the European Commission has enabled its partners to drastically scale up the treatment of severely malnourished children since 2010, from an estimated 35 000 children then to 149 000 in 2015.

In 2016, European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) will continue to support Burkina Faso, with an allocation of €16.8 million in humanitarian funding.

Priority will be given to the scaling up of nutrition care for severely malnourished children, food assistance and livelihood support via cash transfers or vouchers. One aim is to promote the creation of seasonal safety nets to strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable families. Overall, humanitarian projects in Burkina will assist 14 500 households (over 104 000 persons).

The European Commission also provides funds to assist the 30 000 Malian refugees in the north of the country, which rely on humanitarian assistance to meet their most basic needs.

Last updated 10/05/2016