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Burkina Faso: On Track Towards A Better Future

Burkina Faso: WFP Beneficiary

With drought bringing hunger to millions, WFP’s school meals programme offers much needed relief for hundreds of thousands of children throughout the Sahel region of West Africa.

Burkina Faso: Drought For The Third Time

Drought has returned to the Sahel region of West Africa spelling hunger to millions for the third time in recent years. 

Burkina Faso: Droughts Leave Little Recovery Time

The quick recurrence of droughts means that people have had little time to recover. Savings are exhausted and livestock herds have not been replenished.

Burkina Faso: Huge Humanitarian Needs

The humanitarian needs in the Sahel region are huge – WFP has launched a regional response to reach more than 8.8 million people with food assistance.

Burkina Faso: Rising Food Prices

According to Ousmane Koanda, director at the Tin-Ediar school, the situation this year is very serious. Most food reserves were emptied already in January – and at the same time food prices skyrocketed. 

Burkina Faso: The Tin-Ediar School

The Tin-Ediar school in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region has 91 students and has been part of WFP’s school meals programme since 2003.

Burkina Faso: School Lunch Line

The children in Tin-Ediar are daily served a flour based fortified breakfast and a couscous-based fortified lunch. 

Burkina Faso: School Meals Bring Much Needed Relief

In Burkina Faso, WFP’s school meals programme brings much needed relief to over 90,000 children in the country’s Sahel region. The region is the most food-insecure and has the highest rate of malnutrition in Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso: School Meals Increase Enrollment
  1. The programme increases school enrollment and attendance rates. But it also enables the children to concentrate during class – keeping them on track towards a better future.
Burkina Faso: School Meals Play Critical Role

Drought and the consequent hunger are forcing parents to take painful decisions – such as taking their children out of school. The school meals programme plays a critical role in keeping children in school, says director Ousmane Koanda.

Burkina Faso: School Meals Encourage Girls

In addition to the meals served in school, girls enrolled in the last two grades are receiving a take-home ration of 10 kg cereals per months which encourages parents to keep girls in school and enables them to complete the primary school cycle.

Burkina Faso: Nutritious Meals Served Daily

The two nutritious meals served daily at the Tin-Ediar school are a crucial safety net for families affected by the drought. 

Burkina Faso school meals supported by WFP, encourage young girls to stay in school.