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Salamata drinks from a bowl, with her children in the background.

Christian Aid in Burkina Faso

We have been working in the Sahel region of West Africa since the 1970s. The programme began with a humanitarian focus, but now includes advocacy work, especially in economic justice and governance, and supporting the development of strong civil society organisations.

The Sahel region is affected by food insecurity, conflict and natural disasters, such as drought and locust plagues. In Burkina Faso, more than 10 in every 1,000 children die before their fifth birthday. Malnutrition accounts for a third of these deaths.

Like its neighbouring countries, 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 and the country is still suffering the effects of food crises.

Our aims

In Burkina Faso, we aim to develop transformational solutions to climate variability and disasters for one million Burkinabe through improved climate prediction, behaviour change and the sharing of expertise and resilience technology.

This will be achieved through four key actions:

  1. Climate information sharing mechanisms are easy to use by communities and mechanisms for knowledge exchange are established in 353 villages of Burkina Faso, to transmit regular, reliable and comprehensible information on climate change, seasonal forecasting, early warning and practical solutions to build resilience. 
  2. The livelihoods of the most vulnerable people in 353 targeted villages in Burkina Faso are improved by appropriate and sustainable interventions to reduce their vulnerability to variability, climate extremes and disasters. 
  3. Strengthening the capacity of local actors to respond to variability, climate extremes and disasters. 
  4. Improve understanding of what is working in building resilience to climate extremes and disasters and what constitute progressive and transformational change, including the factors affecting them.

In Burkina Faso we work on...

Strategic partnerships

Through strategic partnerships, we provide the resources and knowledge to help implement programs so that rural people can benefit from subsistence and resilient means through better access to resources.

Emergency support

We work through local organisations to provide food assistance to those in greatest need, including treatment for malnourished children.

Resilience to disasters

We have introduced techniques to help communities cope better with droughts and food insecurity in the long term.

Farming techniques

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.

Climate information

We are introducing the concept of resilience to climate change in the community radio programmes, accompanied by a technical reinforcement of the radios to reach farmers, breeders and community-based organisations.

Soils and water conservation

We are building local capacity through the implementation of soil and water conservation activities to mitigate climate risk.

Income generating activity

We are diversifying income sources, reducing poverty, and helping to restore families’ respect and honour.

Market gardens

We are helping establish market gardens, enabling families to grow vegetables all year round and builds their resilience to adapt to the changes they face.

Nutritional resilience

Interactive, educational sessions are run around issues related to malnutrition, such as family planning, breastfeeding, health during pregnancy, food and hygiene.

Crops growing in Burkina Faso

Where we work

Our Sahel programme operates in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Senegal. In Burkina Faso, the project is implemented in three regions: East, Centre North and North. These include: 

  • four provinces: Passoré, Namentenga, Sanmatenga and Gnagna
  • 13 municipalities: Samba, Latoden, Bagare, Tougouri, Zéguédéguin, Yalgo, Bouroum, Nagbingou, Pensa, Pissila, Bilanga, Bogandé, Piéla;
  • and 353 villages.

Our programmes

Reports and resources

Porridge is much more than a simple breakfast cereal - it can save lives! Find out how porridge helped Salamata to keep her children healthy.

In this film, we meet Colette, who is now thriving thanks to Christian Aid's support, and Sally, who is struggling to feed her children.

Download and share the inspirational story of Colette with your pupils to help them reflect on the value of food and family at Christmas.

Display this poster in school to inspire your pupils to reflect on some of the important lessons we can learn from countries that waste less food. 

Lay this fun, photocopiable placemat out on tables to get pupils thinking during their own Christmas lunch in school.

Use this Christmas assembly to help your pupils reflect on some of the important lessons we can learn from countries that waste less food.

Lay this fun, photocopiable placemat out on tables to get pupils thinking during their own Christmas lunch in school.

Display this poster in school to inspire your pupils to reflect on some of the important lessons we can learn from countries that waste less food. 

Use this Christmas assembly to help your pupils reflect on some of the important lessons we can learn from countries that waste less food.

Case studies demonstrating impact of successful disaster risk reduction partnerships between government, institutions and civil society.

Contact us

Christian Aid Sahel is based in Bamako, Mali, and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. We also draw on the expertise of colleagues from other Christian Aid teams across Africa and the world, as well as INGO networks.

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