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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.

The new contribution will help WFP continue its assistance in a number of ways:  First, in combating malnutrition and strengthening the resilience of vulnerable households. Some 45,120 malnourished children under five and 15,430 malnourished pregnant and nursing women will receive treatment for moderate acute malnutrition to improve their nutritional status. Another 5,250 people in households that are vulnerable to food insecurity will receive cash transfers in exchange for their work on creating assets.

About 2,000 smallholder farmers in the country will be provided with equipment and training in food quality management through the Purchase for Progress (P4P) programme.

Finally, 32,000 Malian refugees in Burkina Faso will receive assistance through monthly distributions of food and cash transfers in addition to emergency school feeding.

Thanks to Japan’s support, WFP is able to provide assistance in partnership with the Government of Burkina Faso and non-governmental organizations. The programmes will be carried out in Boucle du Mouhoun, Centre-East, Centre-North, Centre-West, East, North and Sahel regions.
"We are particularly grateful to Japan which has shown clear commitment to support WFP’s activities in Burkina Faso. This contribution is especially timely as we require funds to maintain our support for vulnerable people in rural areas, who are affected by food insecurity and malnutrition,” said Jean-Charles Dei, WFP Burkina Faso Country Director.

Mr. Masato Futaishi, Japanese Ambassador to Burkina Faso, said, “This financial support from the Japanese Government contributes to the improvement of the quality of life of vulnerable populations, particularly that of children in Burkina Faso, and demonstrates the close cooperation between the Governments of Burkina Faso and Japan and WFP.”

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 75 countries.

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For more information, contact Celestine Ouedraogo, WFP Burkina Faso, +226 25306077 (telephone) or +226 75144747 (cell).



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