Burkina Faso
Emmanuel Marie ILBOUDO

 Emmanuel Marie ILBOUDO discusses progress and opportunities for the future of his country through Scaling Up Nutrition.

Burkina Faso signaled its commitment to join the SUN Movement on 28 June 2011.

Burkina Faso joined the SUN Movement in June 2011 and is making steady progress in setting up the policies and programming required to scale up nutrition. The convening body, the National Council for Nutrition Coordination (CNCN), was created in 2008 and is located within the Ministry of Health and assisted by vice presidents of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, the Ministry of Hydraulics and Sanitation, the Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity and the Ministry of Economics and Finances.

Burkina Faso has an updated Strategic Plan for Nutrition in line with its National Policy for Nutrition. The National Food Security Council is planning to review the 2003 National Food Security Policy, with the intention to include nutrition-specific outcomes. Other nutrition-sensitive policies and strategies cover most of the key sectors including poverty reduction and development, public health and education. Recently, Burkina Faso has adopted new legislation that will promote fortification of wheat and maize and is planning to establish a national budget line for nutrition.

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    Priorities & Opportunities

    Burkina Faso has identified mobilization of critical actors and sectors for scaling up nutrition, implementation of the country’s SUN Roadmap and resource mobilization as key priorities.


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    Progress & Impact

    With the multi-stakeholder convening body for nutrition in place, the country is focusing on delivering a coordinated implementation effort guided by the Strategic Plan for Nutrition and National Nutrition Policy.


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    Among children under five years in Burkina Faso, 33.9% are stunted, 15.5% are wasted, while 7.7% are overweight; and 16.2% of infants are born with low birth weight.


Photo Credits: © UNICEF/Asselin
Data Source: Demographic and Health Survey for Burkina Faso, 2010