Burkina Faso

Children in Burkina Faso gather water from a river.
Photo: ACF-Burkina Faso, Noel
18.1 million
Human Development Index
185 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
203 employees
Program Start

People Helped in 2016: 472,884

People Received Nutritional Support 
People Accessed Safe Water and Sanitation 
People Gained Economic Self Sufficiency 

Burkina Faso is a resource-poor, landlocked country whose struggling economy is heavily dependent on rainfed agriculture to support a massively expanding population amidst successive waves of floods and droughts. Beyond being confronted with rapid urbanization, widespread inflation, cholera outbreaks, and an AIDS pandemic, the country has also been buffeted by the regional food shortages and drought experienced across the Sahel, with low rainfall devastating agricultural yields and sending staple food prices skyrocketing by between 30 -100%.

The resulting food shortages and higher prices have meant hunger for large segments of society, with reduced yields stretched to feed a growing local population and the thousands of refugees and returning residents fleeing instability in neighboring Mali. The prospects are troubling, as the country faces recurrent climatic events, stagnating agricultural yields, poor access to markets and inputs and widespread soil erosion.

Fighting Hunger in Burkina Faso

Action Against Hunger’s teams have been present in Burkina Faso since 2008, strengthening our support for undernutrition in anticipation of the lean season while continuing to address key vulnerabilities in nutrition and health, livelihoods and food security, and water, sanitation and hygiene. Despite these efforts, hundreds of thousands of Burkina nationals still suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Make your commitment to saving lives by supporting our work in Burkina Faso and the Sahel region.

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