The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) announced on Monday that the European Union has given EUR 5 million to assist in providing life-saving food aid to 1.6 million people in Burkina Faso who are unable to meet their basic nutritional requirements owing to war, climate change, and the socio-economic consequence of COVID-19,
The WFP has been granted a contribution of $1 billion by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO), which will assist the agency in avoiding a disruption in its operations to deliver life-saving food assistance to people affected by hunger in isolated or hard-to-reach areas of Burkina Faso.
“In 2021, WFP had to make the difficult decision to cut food rations for people who were already struggling to feed themselves and their children,” said Antoine Renard, WFP Country Director and Representative in Burkina Faso. “The contribution allows critical assistance to the affected individuals in the country stricken by conflict that compelled many individuals to flee.”
“With the lean season upon us, this contribution from the European Union is greatly appreciated as it will assist avoid a food assistance interruption.”
The World Food Program predicted that 2.4 million people require some form of food assistance in Burkina Faso today, with 3.5 million more expected during the lean season between June and August.