Landlocked Burkina Faso is one of the world’s poorest countries. Almost half of its 16 million inhabitants live below the poverty line.
The country’s mortality rate for children under five is improving, but is still high, with more than 10% of every 1000 children dying. Malnutrition accounts for a third of these deaths, according to UNICEF.
Like its neighbours in the Sahel region of West Africa, Burkina Faso is experiencing rising temperatures, making it more vulnerable to drought. Many parts of the country have also suffered devastating floods in recent years.
Burkina Faso was severely affected by the drought and food shortages that affected West Africa in 2010 and 2012 and left millions of people seriously short of food.
The country is still suffering the effects of food crisis. We have been working through local organisations to provide food assistance to those in greatest need, including treatment for malnourished children.
We have also introduced techniques to help communities cope better with droughts and food insecurity in the long term.
We work with communities in Burkina Faso to help them develop farming techniques which are profitable and can withstand the difficult conditions in the region.
Find out more about our humanitarian work during the food crisis.
Our vision in Sahel
Our vision is a greener Sahel with an empowered population.
We want to see:
- Sahelian communities become more secure, profitable, and resilient, and adapted to prevent and manage risks at local and national level
- women and men gaining equitable and sustainable access to local, national and sub-regional markets with agricultural products
- women and men have their capacity strengthened to influence public policy affecting their livelihoods and exercise their right to be heard locally and nationally.