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Enhancing Resilience: Agriculture and Food Security

In addition to long standing efforts in improving agriculture and food security, USAID has a multi-sectoral and regional program to increase the resilience of chronically vulnerable populations in eight provinces in Burkina Faso’s regions of the Sahel. The program aims to diversify communities’ and households’ economic opportunities while increasing profitability of their current farming practices. It also assists in creating stronger institutions for these populations to manage natural resources and to reduce conflict and disaster risk. Finally, the resilience program seeks to improve the health and nutrition of these vulnerable populations.

 

Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

USAID works with Burkina Faso’s parliament to support new national assembly members in their representation, legislation and oversight functions. USAID also provides technical assistance to civil society organizations, including political parties, in developing issue-based platforms and the capacity to monitor electoral processes for national elections. To strengthen the electoral process, USAID partners with Burkina Faso’s electoral commission to support proper voting procedures and ensure best practices as a means tobuild confidence in the electoral process. 
 
USAID works with youth, religious leaders, civil society and local governments to reduce the risk of instability and increase resilience to violent extremism. Using a holistic, community-led approach, USAID builds economic opportunities, encourages moderate voices, fosters civic participation and promotes government responsiveness. The target population in Burkina Faso is women and youth who are often marginalized from the political process and who are more prone to being recruited by violent extremist organizations.

 

Global Health

Despite some progress, the high level of poverty in Burkina Faso contributes to a dire health situation. Malnutrition and malaria are widespread, and many citizens have little or no access to basic health care or clean water. USAID’s primary focus in the health sector is on expanding the prevention of and treatment for malaria. USAID works closely with the Government of Burkina Faso to reduce morbidity and mortality due to malaria, primarily targeting children under 5 years old and pregnant women as the populations most vulnerable to this disease. USAID’s efforts on malnutrition focus on improving the health of pregnant women, lactating mothers and young children by providing education and training to women regarding feeding practices and improving the quality of a family’s diet. Burkina Faso is also a phase one priority country for the US government’s role in supporting the Global Health
Security Agenda (GHSA), which seeks to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and to promote global health security as an international security priority.

 

Water and Sanitation

USAID programs in Burkina Faso are providing rural residents with better access to potable water, hygiene and sanitation and helping them prepare for the effects of climate change, as well as enhancing incomes and food security through improved water management.

 

Working in Crises and Conflict

As of August 2015, Burkina Faso continued to host more than 30,000 Malian refugees, the majority of whom reside in food-insecure northern regions, where already-scarce host community resources are strained by the presence of additional families. USAID’s Food for Peace (FFP) office partners with the World Food Program to provide emergency food assistance to this refugee population in the form of commodities and cash resources.

Last updated: November 21, 2016

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