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School Meals
13 January 2017

Star Chef Cooks For Sahel’s Children As Fresh Milk Fuels The Hopes Of Thousands

OUAGADOUGOU – In a region where school enrolment rates are very low, and early marriages a major cause of dropout among young girls, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has set up school canteens to help reduce malnutrition rates and to keep children in school. For better results, the organization has partnered with a women’s group that specializes in milk processing.

1 June 2016

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

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.
24 March 2016

Malian Refugees In Burkina Faso Risk Losing Life-Saving Support

OUAGADOUGOU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warn that without urgent support, 31,000 Malian refugees risk being cut off from life-saving assistance over the next three months. With the lean season fast approaching, this is the period when they are most vulnerable and most need support.

23 June 2015

New Study Shows How Undernutrition Is Taking A Huge Toll On Burkina Faso’s Economy

Ouagadougou - The economy of Burkina Faso loses nearly FCA 409 billion (US$ 802 million) per year due to the effects of child under nutrition, according to a new study launched today in the capital by Mr François Lompo, Minister of Agriculture, Halieutic Resources, Sanitation and Food Security, representative of his Excellency, Lt Col Isaac Zida, Prime Minister of the transitional government of Burkina Faso.

School Meals
12 May 2015

Burkina Faso: WFP Enriches Its School Meals With Locally Produced Dairy Benefitting Students And Small-Scale Producers

OUAGADOUGOU – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing locally-produced yoghurt as part of its school feeding programme in the capital of the Sahel region, one of the most food-insecure areas of Burkina Faso.

6 March 2015

Japan Contribution Supports Vulnerable Families In Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$ 5 million, equivalent to more than 2.983 billion FCFA, from the Government of Japan, to support activities for nearly 100,000 of the most vulnerable people living in Burkina Faso.

Hunger in the news
18 March 2013

Urgent Help Needed For Displaced Malians

ROME – The people of Mali continue to suffer the impact of mass displacement and they urgently need food and other humanitarian assistance, said the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, on her return from a five-day trip to Mali and Burkina Faso (13-17 March) to meet people affected by the conflict in Mali and cycles of drought and poor harvests. 

Hunger in the news
16 March 2013

Sahel Response Still High Priority, Says WFP Executive Director On Visit To Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU – One year after the World Food Programme (WFP) launched its response to drought in eight countries of the Sahel region, the organization’s executive director Ertharin Cousin has visited Burkina Faso to see the results and discuss the future.

Hunger in the news
12 March 2013

WFP Executive Director Travels To Burkina Faso To Highlight Continuing Needs In Sahel

OUAGADOUGOU – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will travel to Burkina Faso from 13 to 15 March 2013. Cousin will visit the country on the invitation of the President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, whom she met in October 2012 at the Forum on International Cooperation in Milan, Italy.

A Billion for a Billion
7 June 2010

Thousands Walk Together to Fight Hunger with WFP

ROME– Tens of thousands of people yesterday took to the streets in cities around the world to show their support for the work of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the fight against global hunger.

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