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Food for change (Burkina Faso)

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 1,000 children dying.  

Burkina Faso was severely affected by the drought that hit West Africa in 2010 and 2012, leaving millions of people seriously short of food.

The country is still suffering the effects of food crisis.

Although the region has never received large amounts of rain, the climate is getting drier and rainfall, normally seen in July, August and September, is decreasing further.

The effects are felt all too keenly by some of the poorest communities, where harvests are failing and hunger is a painful reality.

Moreover, for many access to clean, safe water, food and healthcare is restricted as travel is difficult due to poor roads or lack of transport.

A woman standing in a field of crops The project

Our new match funded project focuses on improving resilience and food security for poor communities in Northern Burkina Faso.

Our partners are working with local families to increase agricultural production and household income, and to improve the nutritional state of babies under two.

Focusing on the poorest and most vulnerable in 45 villages, our project’s ambitions are rooted in the needs of the community.

Our partners are local men and women who understand first-hand the experiences, uncertainties and challenges that families in Burkina Faso face.

Through the project, households will receive improved seeds and fertilisers, as well as training in production. Farming collectives will be developed, so that work is collaborative and benefits everyone.

Additionally, livestock such as hens will also be provided in order to protect families from ongoing droughts, providing them with food and an income when harvests fail.

Transformation can only happen when individuals, communities and churches join together to act, give and pray for this life-changing work. Join us today.

European Union match funding

The EU is match funding this project 1:5, so that your £5,000 will become a staggering £30,000 to support some of the poorest communities in Burkina Faso.

Find out more

To learn more about how your church, business, school or other community group can partner with this project, email cpartnership@christian-aid.org or contact one of our area offices directly.

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