NEW YORK, United States of America, August 22, 2020/ -- Citing alarming new data, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), stressed that “urgent and sustained action” is needed to address the worsening food and nutrition situation throughout the country.
Hunger trending upward
Since the situation in Burkina Faso was last assessed in March, acute food insecurity has increased more than 50 per cent, according to the latest analysis.
And in a country already reeling from conflict and climate change, the UN survey points out that COVID-19 has intensified people’s inability to earn money to cover their daily needs.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is further exacerbating a crisis that was already deteriorating at a worrying pace, pushing ...
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, August 21, 2020/ -- Joint Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Release
Urgent and sustained action is needed to address worsening food and nutrition insecurity in Burkina Faso, say the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), citing alarming new data. Some 3.3 million people are estimated to be facing acute food insecurity during the current lean season, that period which precedes the harvest in September.
The latest analysis by the Cadre Harmonisé indicates an increase in acute food insecurity of more than 50 percent since the situation in Burkina Faso was last assessed in March. Experts say the cris...
The MRV system is essential for the effective implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris AgreementOUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, July 27, 2020/ -- ContextThe concept of MRV (Measuring, Reporting, and Verification) was firstly introduced at the Conference of the Parties in Bali in 2007 (COP 13), and it designates a set of processes and procedures that allow the collection and reporting of ''factual information (data), its assessment and verification to determine if, when and how countries have met their respective obligations in the implementation of climate actions. Originally designed to monitor compliance with quantified commitments to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from developed countries, the concept has evolved a lot since to also apply to the...
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, July 26, 2020/ -- Hesitancy to get tested, avoiding contact tracers or wariness of what the neighbours will say: the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a variety of reactions among some Ouagadougou residents that have complicated timely response.
When the country’s COVID-19 rapid response team tried to reach out to a man who had been in contact with a patient taken for treatment at a Ouagadougou hospital, he shifted from refusing to take calls, to promising to show up for testing and to suggesting that the team comes to his house only at night.
“He said that since we went to his house to take samples, even before the test results were known, no-one came to visit them again. Everybody was staring at them strangely. It was really difficult for them,” says Safia...
GENEVA, Switzerland, July 22, 2020/ -- The number of displaced people seeking safety in Burkina Faso’s Center-North region has almost doubled in six months to 386,000 as a result of growing insecurity and violence in the region. Many have no option but to live in improvised shelters in remote areas, without basic services and exposed to the elements as the rainy season begins. To help meet the vast needs, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical teams are providing basic health services throughout the region and running mobile clinics to reach people in the remotest areas.
“[When the first rains hit in May,] the water flooded all the tents so we had to get up and stay standing up until the morning,” said Nabonswendé, who was displaced form his village and now live...
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, July 17, 2020/ -- The UAE today sent an aid plane carrying 8 metric tons of medical supplies and testing kits to Burkina Faso.
This aid will assist approximately 8,000 medical professionals as they work to contain the virus, bolstering the country’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
"Based on the UAE's leading and humanitarian role in providing assistance in times of crisis, and harnessing all possibilities to help African countries on the basis of mutual respect, an aid aircraft was sent today to Burkina Faso. The plane carrying urgent medical supplies is meant to help medical personnel do their best to combat the pandemic," said H.E. Dr. Fahad Obaid Mohammed Al-Taffaq, UAE Ambassador to Nigeria and Non-Resident Ambassador to Burkina Faso. His...
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), July 7, 2020/ -- Yesterday, Burkina Faso concluded a four-day mass polio immunization campaign, vaccinating 174 304 children under five years of age in two districts of the country’s Centre-East region, while observing COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures.
The campaign is the first to be conducted since the government suspended all mass immunization on 27 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic to comply with the physical distancing guidelines to curb transmission of the virus.
As immunization campaigns resume, World Health Organization (WHO) teams at both regional and country offices have developed guidance for countries and frontline workers to ensure their safety and that of the children and their families.
All vaccinators and he...
At least 20 people have been killed in eastern Burkina Faso when gunmen stormed a cattle market, reports say.
Gunmen on motorbikes fired into the crowded market in Kompienga town in the middle of the day on Saturday, eyewitnesses were quoted as saying by local media.
It is unclear who was behind the attack.
Burkina Faso has seen a sharp rise in jihadist violence and inter-communal clashes in recent months.
The violence has forced hundreds of thousand of people to flee their homes.
On Friday at least 15 people were killed when suspected Islamist militants attacked a convoy of traders in the north, near the border with Mali.
The government blamed the attack on "terrorists", a phrase usually used to the al-Qaeda and Islamic State-linked jihadists Burkina Faso has been battl...
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, May 29, 2020/ -- MainOne , West Africa’s premier connectivity and data center solution provider, has been entrusted by the State of Burkina Faso, backed by the World Bank, to provide bulk connectivity services to a consortium of operators through the PAV-Burkina Cooperative, for the next three (3) years. Following an international bid to select a preferred operator, MainOne was chosen by the Burkinabe Government (with financial backing from the World Bank) to provide PAV-Burkina with bulk capacity to nodes in Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso.
As a landlocked country, Burkina Faso has faced difficulties in accessing world-class connectivity and maintaining ubiquitous broadband internet access due to the lack of infrastructure and the reluctance of major operator...
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, March 10, 2020/ -- The United States condemns the brutal attack and murders perpetrated this past Sunday leaving 43 dead from the commune of Barga in northern Burkina Faso. We remain united with our Burkinabe partners in our common fight against the forces that seek to dismantle the long history of coexistence in Burkina Faso throughout all its diverse communities. We remain steadfast in our determination to promote peace, tolerance, and progress. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims of this senseless attack, and we lower our flag to half mast in solidarity during the 48 hours of national mourning.
A two-day national mourning period have been decreed in Burkina Faso following recent terrorist attacks.
President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré announced via Twitter that the two-day mourning would begin Tuesday and end Wednesday.
This comes after the deadly attack in the north of the country that
claimed the lives of 43 people. On Sunday, an unidentified armed group
burst into the villages of Dinguila and Barga in Yatenga province
leaving also leaving many hospitalised with injuries.
During this national mourning, flags will be flown at half-mast on
all public buildings and popular festivities will be banned. In Burkina
Faso 750,000 people have been displaced by violence – most of them since
the beginning of the year.
In the face of renewed insecurity, the Burkinabe parl...
ambassadors are young African men and women living on the continent,
passionate about books, and involved in their communitiesOUAGADOUGOU,
Burkina Faso, February 21, 2020/ -- On February 14, 2020, the American
Center at the Embassy of the United States of America in Burkina Faso
welcomed three new Nouveaux Horizons (NH) ambassadors to its Public
diplomacy family. Nouveaux Horizons translates books by American authors
into French, markets them in French-speaking Africa, and distributes
them to American embassies who use them in support of their programs.
These books cover various subjects such as leadership, management,
media, democracy, science, education, and American civilization. A large
youth catalog is also available. NH ambassadors are young African men
and women livi...
“The attackers, heavily armed and on motorbikes, literally executed
the local inhabitants,” the security source told AFP. The attackers left
nearly 20 dead, the source added.
A local health official,
speaking from the town of Dori in the north, said the chief nurse at the
nearby village of Lamdamol was among the victims.
“There is panic
in the village and the surrounding area,” the official added, saying
local people were fleeing the area towards the centre-north of the
Another security source said that the attack had come as a
reprisal after jihadists had told local people to leave the area a few
The security forces worked day and night to make the zone safe, “but it is difficult to be everywhere at once”, said the source.
A staggering one in ten people in Burkina Faso will need food assistance by JuneOSLO,
Norway, January 28, 2020/ -- The number of people displaced in Burkina
Faso increased tenfold last year to over 560,000. The figure is
predicted to skyrocket to 900,000 people by April as horrific violence
continues to force families from their homes."Burkina Faso needs
more than bullets and bombs. Military engagement alone is failing to
protect vulnerable communities. Donors supporting military efforts to
quell the extreme violence have not yet responded to the enormous
humanitarian needs with equal emphasis," warned NRC's Secretary General
Jan Egeland, who is visiting the country this week.France and
states from Africa's Sahel region have increased the predominantly