BURKINA FASO

 

Presence in the country:

» VSF Belgium

 

 2016 FACTS:

 

6

Projects

 


 84 658

Direct beneficiaries

 


 1 128 548

Animals treated

 


 70

Community Animal Health Workers trained

 


 4 828

Animals distributed to poor households

 

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries on the planet; it is dependent on public aid and heavily indebted. According to the multidimensional poverty index, 82.8% of the population is considered poor (UNDP, 2014). Despite a slight improvement of a few key indicators in the last few years, the country is far from a real advancement.

Traditionally an agro-sylvo-pastoral country, Burkina Faso is facing major challenges for its agricultural and rural sector, which is the country’s main source of income. 40% of GDP comes from agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing. Agricultural production systems rely largely on family farms of various sizes, occupying about 90% of the labor force. Although the country devotes a significant part of its budget to the agricultural sector, the political leadership seems too unfavorable to family producers, yet the most numerous. The creation of “agricultural growth poles”, particularly for rice production, and the accession to the New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security (NAFSN), focuses more on the logic of agribusiness, to the detriment of smallholders.

Access to productive resources (land, capital, credit) remains crucial for smallholders, and especially for women, which are particularly affected. In rural areas, livestock, which accounts for 18% of GDP and 26% of exports in value, is an important lever for strengthening the livelihoods of agro-pastoralist communities.

The country is also facing major environmental problems, including progressive desertification, land and water degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change. These environmental problems are strongly marked in the north of the country (Sahel region), where pastoral livelihoods are heavily affected.

Finally, due to the situation of instability in northern Mali, thousands of refugees have been flowing since 2012 to neighbouring countries, included Burkina Faso. This massive inflow puts even more pressure on the scarce water resources and grasslands.

VSF Belgium has been active in Burkina Faso since 2005. Over the years, it has implemented numerous development and emergency programs in collaboration with numerous partners.

 

What we do:

 

  • Strengthening livelihood of pastoralists through restocking, pasture management, borehole rehabilitation, feeding, support to veterinary services, improved access to market;
  • Supporting Malian refugees and host populations to establish micro- and small enterprises, maintaining social and economic cohesion between the two groups: milk value chain development, restocking of small ruminants, fodder production and storage, etc.
  • Women empowerment through promotion of livestock-related activities (dairy production, diversified sources of revenues) and capacity building;
  • Improving local breeds;
  • Supporting private veterinary services and training community-based animal health workers.

 

 Active projects:

 

Implemented by : VSF Belgium

Project duration: 2016-2017

Sectors of intervention:

  • Capacity building and training: Reinforcing farmers’ organisations, Women empowerment/capacity building
  • Marketing and value chain: Access to local market, Value chain development, Milk
  • Animal production: Livestock farming, Poultry, Breeding (improved/local breeds), Fodder storage
  • Animal health: Veterinary services
  • Food security and nutrition

Description:

Women empowerment through  promoting livestock activities (dairy production, diversified sources of revenu) and capacity building technical & and community skills) leading to increase revenue and better gender relationship

Partners: Nodde Nooto (A2N)

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Implemented by : VSF Belgium

Project duration: 2017-2021

Sectors of intervention:

  • Capacity building and training: Reinforcing farmers’ organisations, Women empowerment/capacity building, Microcredits
  • Marketing and value chain: Access to local market, Value chain development, Processing/transformation, Meat
  • Animal production: Livestock farming, Poultry, Fodder storage, Integration livestock and crops
  • Animal health: Vaccination campaigns, Strenghtening of veterinary services, Awareness raising among farmers, Training of CAHWs
  • Food security and nutrition

Description:

Strenghtening food security and economic capacities through promoting access to services (health, feeding), supporting livelihoods (restocking), improving access to market and capacity building for local actors and partners.

Partners: Nodde Nooto (A2N); ASUDEC

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Implemented by : VSF Belgium

Project duration: 2017-2019

Sectors of intervention:

  • Capacity building and training: Reinforcing farmers’ organisations, Women empowerment/capacity building, Youth empowerment/capacity building
  • Marketing and value chain: Access to local market, Value chain development, Processing/transformation, Meat
  • Animal production: Livestock farming, Pastoralism, Fodder storage
  • Animal health: Vaccination campaigns, Strenghtening of veterinary services, Awareness raising among farmers, Training of CAHWs
  • Natural Resource Management: Pasture management
  • Building resilience: Peacekeeping/conflict prevention, DRR/emergency preparedness, Restocking, Rehabilitation of infrastructures

Description:

Strenghtenting livelihoods of pastoralist through restocking, pasture management (including borehole rehabilitation), feeding, support to veterinary services.

Partners: Nodde Nooto (A2N)

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Implemented by : VSF Belgium

Project duration: 2014-2017

Sectors of intervention:

  • Capacity building and training: Reinforcing farmers’ organisations, Women empowerment/capacity building, Microcredits
  • Marketing and value chain: Access to local market, Value chain development, Processing/transformation, Milk, Meat
  • Animal production: Livestock farming, Fodder storage
  • Animal health: Animal health services, Vaccination campaigns, Strenghtening of veterinary services, Awareness raising among farmers
  • Natural Resource Management: Pasture management
  • Building resilience: Peacekeeping/conflict prevention, Restocking, Provison of feed, Veterinary support, Cash-for-Work, Rehabilitation of infrastructures
  • Human health: food safety

Description:

Promote capacities and resources of refugees and host populations to support and improve micro- and small enterprises, while maintaining social and economic cohesion between the two groups: value chain (milk), breeding feeding small ruminant.

Partners: Nodde Nooto (A2N); SCI

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