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FAO’s contribution strengthens resilience of vulnerable households in Burkina Faso

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    Sustainable soil management as a keystone of nutrition-sensitive agriculture in Burkina Faso 2023
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    This country factsheet highlights the importance of the relationship between soil management with nutrition aspects in Burkina Faso. The adoption of sustainable soil management practices, such as intercropping and organic matter additions, in combination with micronutrient application contributing to a better nutritional status of the population. The country fact sheet is the result of a review of scientific references and from field trials and demonstration sites developed under the Sustainable Soil Management for Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The project analyzed the links between soil properties and plant micronutrient content in cropping areas in Bangladesh, and tested the effectiveness of sustainable soil management practices in increasing the micronutrient content of food. A long-term plan is recommended to obtain additional information about the relationship between soil health and the quality of locally produced food. In the same way, through capacities developed locally, in rural communities, a major participation is expected.
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    Evaluation of the project "Emergency response and support to vulnerable populations in at-risk areas of Burkina Faso" - Phase I
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    The project "Emergency response and support to vulnerable populations in at-risk areas of Burkina Faso" is financed by the Swedish International Development Agency. FAO implemented the project in partnership with the Government of Burkina Faso through the Ministry for Agriculture, Hydro-agricultural Development and Mechanisation. The project seeks to improve vulnerable populations’ access to food and to means of food production. This first phase of the evaluation focused on suggesting improvements to the project over the rest of its implementation period, and more particularly improvements as pertaining to relevance, efficiency and efficacy of the project. The implementation of these recommendations should allow the project and more generally FAO, the FAO Office in Burkina Faso and the Government, to close a project that has achieved its objectives
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    Strengthening nutrition and resilience of crisis-affected communities in the Central-North region of Burkina Faso
    Use of local radio to promote food and nutrition messages coupled with support to rural livelihoods
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    The Central-North region of Burkina Faso (specifically Yirgou and Gasseliki villages) has experienced frequent attacks by armed groups, besides the inter-community clashes in Barsalogho. These actions led to internal displacements of the population since the beginning of 2019. The displaced communities lost their livelihood means. Moreover, there was widespread food insecurity during the dry season between June and August 2019. The government emergency services, the United Nations (UN) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) undertook a rapid joint assessment in mid-January 2019 in order to understand the needs of the displaced population. The national nutrition survey undertaken in September 2018 showed that the Central-North region had about 28 percent of children under five years who were stunted and almost nine percent who were wasted. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) carried out in November 2018 showed that the food security and nutrition situation of the Central-North region was critical during the lean season of June–August 2019 and about 676 200 people were affected. Against this background, the French government financed a project led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) entitled “Support to vulnerable households affected by food insecurity and conflicts in the Central-North region of Burkina Faso”. The project received USD 505 051 and was implemented between May 2019 and June 2020. This promising practice is an example of a resilience-building intervention implemented through an integrated, community-based, multi-partner approach operationalizing the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.

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