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Food Security Situation
Burkina Faso is classified as a least developed, low income, and food deficit country. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) 2011 Human Development Index (HDI) ranks Burkina Faso 181 out of 187 countries. Over 43 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.
Fifty percent of households are food insecure, global acute malnutrition among children under five is above ten percent and stunting among children under five is at nearly 30 percent.
The 2012 coup d’état in neighboring Mali and rebel uprising in the north displaced hundreds of thousands of Malians. An estimated 35,000 have sought refuge in Burkina Faso, placing additional strain on the food security of host communities.
Cereal prices remain 23 – 60 percent higher than last year, and 36 – 59 percent higher than the five-year average. Forecasts for 2012 production in the country’s different livelihood zones point to average to good harvests provided rainfall patterns stay in line with seasonal rainfall outlooks and there are no major infestations of crop pests.
Food Assistance Programs
The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) targets approximately 460,000 food insecure Burkinabes and Malian refugees throughout Burkina Faso.
FFP partners with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), ACDI/VOCA, and the World Food Program (WFP) on programs aiming to improve agriculture, livelihoods, education, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, micro-credit, civil society strengthening, and natural resource management.
Food for Peace Contributions
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Fiscal Year 2012||$26.3 million^||18,860 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2011||$11.7 million||7,430 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2010||$13.0 million||8,920 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2009||$13.3 million||10,850 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2008||$12.6 million||12,630 MT|
Fiscal Year 2012 Contribution Breakdown:
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Title II Development||$15.9 million||11,220 MT|
|Title II Emergency||$10.4 million^||7,640 MT|
|Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP)||----||----|
Food Security Situation information provided by UNDP, WFP< and FEW NET as of November 16, 2012
^Includes $5.6 million in a regional West Africa contribution
Country Specific Guidance
Last updated: November 20, 2012