On 28 June 2011, Burkina Faso joined the SUN Movement with a letter from HE, Adama Traore, Minister of Health. At the time, Burkina Faso had established a multi-sectoral platform, the National Council for Nutrition Coordination (CNCN) located within the Ministry of Health. Burkina Faso also had a Strategic Plan for Nutrition (2010-2015) which was also a priority in the New National Health Development Plan (PNDS 2010-2011) and the Strategy for Accelerated Growth and Sustainable Development (SCADD 2011 – 2015).
Strategic Processes for Scaling Up Nutrition
- Bringing people together
- Coherent policy and legal framework
- Aligning programs around a Common Results Framework
- Financial tracking and resource mobilization
Burkina Faso joined the SUN movement in June 2011. The National Council for Nutrition Consultation (CNCN) set up in 2008 is the designated multi-sectoral platform (PMS) reporting to the Health Ministry, which includes the ministries for agriculture and food security, for water and sanitation, for social action and national solidarity and for Economic Affairs and Finance, for the advancement of women and for gender issues, for national education, etc. The private sector, represented by the federation of agri-food industries and private healthcare clinics, NGOs, PTFs, regularly take part in meetings.
The UN Network is in place, coordinated by UNICEF. However, there is no donor coordinator or common plan defined between them.
A network of parliamentarians focused on nutrition has been set up and it has drawn up a nutrition work plan.
AGIR initiatives and the alliance for food fortification are also present in Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso has a strategic nutrition plan (2010-2015) in line with its national nutrition policy (2007). It has committed to draw up and finalize a national nutrition plan (2016-2020) and to assess the financial resources necessary to implement this by end 2015.
National legislation includes food fortification with micronutrients, the regulation of imports and the marketing of iodized salt.
A number of multi-annual strategic plans from different ministerial departments include nutrition: the strategy for accelerated growth and sustainable development, (SCAAD), the national investment plan for agriculture (PNN), and the three-year action plan for food and nutritional security policy (PNSAN).
Efforts could be achieved in disseminating these policies by availing of the network of nutrition journalists, set up in 2011.
Burkina Faso has incorporated modules on nutrition in the curriculum of health and agricultural schools.
There is harmonization of sectoral strategic frameworks but a roadmap and a common results framework are being drawn up with the support of United Nations agencies. The question of a common results framework within the context of reducing chronic malnutrition was the focus of a workshop in May 2014.
The programs and interventions are based on the National Nutrition Policy, reflected in many programs, namely social protection, food security and Vitamin A supplementation programs. Burkina Faso has been engaged in a process to decentralize administration for a number of years, with the involvement of all relevant sectors.
Funds targeting nutrition are classified as a sub-account of the national budget account for maternal and child health, which makes them difficult to monitor. The implementation of the costed plan is mainly the remit of the Health Ministry, with support from other ministries concerned and technical and financial partners. The excessive bureaucratic procedures often hamper or delay fund disbursements. Funds dedicated to nutrition by technical and financial partners are often emergency funds, making multi-annual planning often difficult.
Last updated: September 2014