Germany Supports WFP In Tackling Undernutrition & Building Resilience In Burkina Faso

Published on 01 June 2016

OUAGADOUGOU - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes the Federal Republic of Germany's contribution of eight million Euros (US$ 8.9 million) for the period 2016-2021 to support the resilience of rural communities through prevention and treatment of undernutrition, including behaviour change communication activities.

“WFP is grateful for Germany’s significant donation, which will help vulnerable rural households achieve better food and nutrition security. These families regularly face climatic shocks such as droughts and floods, which seriously affect their livelihoods. Over the five-year period, Germany’s funds will be critical to the work of WFP and its partners in reinforcing their resilience,” said Jean-Charles Dei, WFP Country Director in Burkina Faso.

The contribution will sustain a package of multi-sectoral initiatives including nutritional education activities for both men and women; the creation of assets and livelihood opportunities, such as the development of animal husbandry for increased agricultural production and a more diverse diet, as well as the capacity reinforcement of local partners. The money will also fund a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) survey on nutrition, to enhance WFP’s understanding and thereby hone its response.

Despite attempts by the Government and its partners to mitigate food insecurity, according to latest food assessment results, more than 2.5 million people – over 15 percent of the population - will be at risk of not having enough food to eat in 2016. Nationally, 10.4 percent of children under five suffer from acute malnutrition, and 30.2 percent from stunting – a symptom of malnutrition (according to the SMART nutrition survey, 2015).

To address this, the Government and WFP put in place a Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) from July 2015 to June 2017. The response aims to strengthen livelihoods, tackle undernutrition and develop community resilience to shocks. More than 20,000 people will benefit from this assistance in 2016.

Germany is one of Burkina Faso’s biggest donors. The multi-year contribution is essential to provide continuous and substantial assistance, to fight food security and malnutrition, and to reduce families’ vulnerability to future shocks.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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