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Building Resilience In Burkina Faso

Where droughts are common, communities need longterm solutions.

Across the Sahel region,18 million people are going hungry due to climate changes and recurrent droughts. In Burkina Faso alone, almost 3 million people are affected by the food crisis, according to the national government. WFP Food for Work projects are helping affected communities building a hunger-free future.

People need food as they work to create a hunger-free future.

The first priority for communities hit by drought or other natural disasters is to stay fed. Food-for-work projects provide them with food, so that they'll have time and energy to spend on projects that will help them in the long-term.

Food for Work projects support communities as they build their resilience.

In Burkina Faso, WFP’s Food for Work programme provides food to participants in community-based activities in order to build resilience against future droughts within the affected communities.

This project helps prevent soil degradation and retain water.

In Bani in northern Burkina Faso, a WFP Food for Work project helps prevent soil degradation and retain water. This means improving future food security for the local community.

WFP’s food gives people time and energy to work on community projects.

Food for work programmes provide families hit by drought with food to eat now, while they work on becoming more resilient to droughts in the future.

Agriculture is the main source of income throughout rural Burkina Faso.

Agriculture remains the main employment sector and income source throughout rural Burkina Faso, where 80 percent of the population resides.

Small-scale family farming dominates agricultural production in Burkina Faso.

Small-scale, subsistence-oriented family farming dominates and accounts for 70 percent of the country’s total agricultural production.

In northern Burkina Faso, gardeners groups grow cabbage, onions and tomatoes.

Food for Work projects are generally being implemented between December and April, in-between of agricultural seasons. In Bani, gardeners groups are growing cabbage, onions, tomatoes and salad.

In the face of drought, irrigation can boost crop yields by up to 400%.

Irrigation, terracing, soil and water conservation. In countries where drought regularly causes food shortages, irrigation can boost crop yields by 100-400%.

WFP works with the national government and with donor governments.

No one organization can solve the immense challenges in the Sahel region alone. WFP works in close partnership with the national and donor governments as well as with national and international organizations to help the affected populations build resilience.

18 million people across the Sahel region are affected by the food crisis. In Burkina Faso, WFP Food for Work projects are helping affected communities building a hunger-free future.