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Sowing the Seeds of Good Nutrition; Burkina Faso Case Study: Reconciling Agriculture and Nutrition (French)

October, 2013

The objective of this study is to analyze the inclusion of nutritional issues in the development, implementation, monitoring and institutional governance of agricultural policy and food security in Burkina Faso, whose main operational reference framework is the National Programme Sector Rural (NRHP). Through the development of the NRHP, the integration of nutrional concerns came to the attention of the government.  The first part of the report presents the national context of Burkina Faso and the links between agriculture, food and manlnutrition, while the second part discusses the role that the government plays in the fight against undernutrtion in connection with agriculture.  Agriculture is the primary economic sector and largest employer int he country (86% of the workforce), and chronic malnutrition affects 32.9% of children under 5 years while anemia affects more than 90% of them.  The national policy to fight against malnutrition has been strengthened since 2007 in Burkina Faso, principally through the health sector, and a coordination of efforts around nutrition has been established and includes other key sectors bringing positive results.

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