31 May 2012

West Africa: Building Resilience in Burkina Faso

This year, 18 million people will be affected by the unfolding hunger crisis in Sahel, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Burkina Faso is one of the Sahelian countries heavily affected by the crisis as its people are largely dependent on agriculture and livestock farming. Agriculture remains the main employment sector and income source throughout rural Burkina Faso, where 80 percent of the population resides.Through Food and Cash for Work programmes, WFP helps improve future food security for the affected communities while at the same time making sure that people are provided with the food needed here and now to take them through to the next harvest.

Providing food in exchange for work makes it possible for the drought affected people to devote time and energy to taking the first steps out of the hunger trap. In Burkina Faso, food is given in exchange for work in for ex. restoration and protection of small-scale productive assets and erosion control activities thereby building resilience against future natural disasters.Food for Work projects are typically implemented between December and April, in-between of agricultural seasons.

Source: World Food Programme

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