Land once dry and infertile is today a source of food and income for thousands of smallholder farmers in Burkina Faso. Thanks to financial support from the Government of Japan, WFP has implemented a “Food-for-Work” project that has enabled more than 1,500 families to benefit from now-flourishing rice fields. Japan has already funded similar projects in six West African countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Senegal), and a new project has just started in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Burkina Faso, a sahelian, landlocked country, suffers from chronically high rates of food insecurity and malnutrition. While the country has the same dry soils found across the Sahel, improved agricultural techniques and proper water management can turn even infertile land into productive fields.