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).

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The National Council for Dialogue on Nutrition (CNCN) was established in 2008 and is the designated multi-sectoral platform. It reports to the Ministry of Health and includes the ministries responsible for agriculture and food security; water and sanitation; social action and national solidarity and the economy and finances; education; trade; empowerment of women; scientific research; and secondary and higher education. This also includes civil society and the university environment, while the private sector is represented by the Federation of Agrifood Industries and the group of converters of oleaginous products (oil mills). The United Nations network is in place, coordinated by UNICEF, and a network of journalists in nutrition has been officially reconised. The civil society network for nutrition (RESONUT) is waiting for official recognition documents. On the other hand, there is no coordinator or work plan shared by donors.

Following the events of 30 and 31 October last year and the dissolution of the National Assembly, the work on nutrition conducted by the network of members of parliament has been discontinued.

The AGIR initiative (Alliance for Resilience) is led by the Ministry of Agriculture and considers nutrition in its second and fourth pillars.

Last updated: October 2015

The multi-sectoral common results framework was finalised in July 2015 during a restitution workshop on the mapping of nutrition-specific and nutrition sensitiveinterventions, which brought together various sectors, partners, civil society and the private sector. It must still be refined with the various sectors. The implementation of specific and/or sensitive interventions falls to those responsible at the middle and periphery of the system. The specific nutrition interventions are harmonised with the National Nutrition Policy. The social protection, food security, education, water hygiene and sanitation programmes and other sensitive interventions shall be better reflected in the revised national policy.

Burkina Faso also plans to improve its existing nutrition monitoring system before the end of 2015. To this end, a pilot project has been supported by WHO to include other nutrition indicators in the national and central collection software. There are several sectoral follow-up systems but the results are not pooled.

Last updated: October 2015

The funds earmarked for nutrition, classified in the sub-committee of the national budget for maternal and infant health are not easy to track. The implementation of the costed plan is primarily the responsibility of the Ministry of Health, with support from other ministries. The release of the Government’s financial commitments is hindered by the administrative bureaucracy and circumstances, whereas the funds dedicated to nutrition by partners are often for emergencies, making multi-year planning complicated.
There are no funding guarantees for the implementation of various plans at drafted stage (strategic plan, micro-plan to fight micronutrient deficiencies, and so on), nor for the changeover plan at the infant and young child feeding level, which is being carried out. With the support of UNICEF, work has begun to assess the public and external funds invested in nutrition since 2011.

Last updated: October 2015

Key Figures

Under Five Stunting 32.9%
Low Birth Weight 16.2%
0-5 Months Exclusive Breastfeeding 47.2%
Under Five Wasting 10.9%
Under Five Overweight -
Woman Anaemia 15-49 years 49.5%

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SUN Government Focal Point

  • Bertine Ouaro
  • Director of Nutrition
  • Ministry of Health

Donor Conveners


Burkina Faso
Emmanuel Marie ILBOUDO

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