Strengthened partnership, more yogurt-based school meals in Burkina Faso

The Ministry of Education and Literacy and the World Food Programme (WFP) are committed to promote the Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) model in Burkina Faso's schools with the financial support of Canada, Luxembourg and the Cartier Charitable Foundation. This partnership will strengthen WFP's capacity to provide school meals based on locally grown food to schoolchildren across the Sahel region. Kossam Saye Seno (KSS), a group of women farmers in Dori, the Sahel region's capital, partners with WFP to reach Zero Hunger in Burkina Faso by supplying local yogurt to nearly 3,000 schoolchildren.

Credit: WFP/Djakaridja Sawadogo

Established in 2014, KSS began its collaboration with WFP in April 2015. The group comprises of 18 women. This partnership has grown over the past year, expanding each reach from 14 to 20 schools, and as schools get ready to open their doors again in Burkina in October, it is set to expand even further.   

During the 2015-2015 school year, more than 2,000 liters of milk were purchased by the women's group, for a total amount of XOF 1.2 million (USD $2100), enabling the women to turn ito fresh yoghurt for the students. The initiative helps both the women's group but also the cattle breeders, providing them with an avenue to sell their milk.

"Before our partnership with WFP, we processed 40 liters of milk on a daily basis. This production has now increased to 100 liters. The project has stimulated the creation of several dairies in the city of Dori but we are not afraid of competition. Thanks to our partnership with WFP, our group is now recognized across the Sahel region. We will look at finding ways to work with the breeders to produce more milk even during the dry season when grazing and fodder become scarce," said Mariama Dicko, president of KSS group and a mother of three children.

Credit: WFP/Djakaridja Sawadogo

Thanks to the project and WFP’s regular demand for yogurt, the price for a liter of milk has increased and is stable at XOF 500 (USD 1)/ liter. Breeders now have better incomes and this has had a positive impact on their villages. Mariama welcomes KSS's collaboration with WFP as it will improve and increase their production.

“This project will help fight against women’s poverty. Now, we all have a permanent job with a regular income and we are able to provide for our families, to feed our children, and support their school fees and healthcare costs. Our wish is to acquire more training on group management, quality and hygiene, to have more equipment to help us improve our cold chain and to increase production," she says.

In the long run, Mariama’s hope is to develop the group and produce other dairy products such as sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened milk as well as to improving packaging and labeling.