Burkina Faso has not fully recovered from the drought that led to the 2012 food and nutrition crisis, when poverty hindered recovery and compromised resilience caused vulnerable people to resort to negative coping mechanisms. The global acute malnutrition rate is 8.6 percent, and 900,000 people are food-insecure or at risk of food insecurity. Continued work is required to maintain progress, prevent regression and build resilience to future shocks.
Protracted relief and recovery operation 200793 supports the Government in developing resilience and addressing acute malnutrition by reinforcing recovery after the relief phase and enabling beneficiaries to transition to sustainable development.
The resilience component will help communities to enhance livelihoods through the creation of agricultural assets in five regions with the highest risk of malnutrition and food insecurity, or where progress has been made in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources, Sanitation and Food Security, but further capacity augmentation is required.
The nutrition component addresses moderate acute malnutrition in seven regions where global acute malnutrition rates are close to or above the 10 percent “serious” threshold, or where progress has been made in collaboration with the Ministry of Health; again, further capacity augmentation is required.
The operation is aligned with Strategic Objectives 2 and 3, and with government food security and nutrition policies, and will contribute to achieving Millennium Development Goals 1, 4, 5 and 7.