Sunday, July 26, 2009

USAID Food For Peace in Burkina Faso

The USAID Food For Peace (FFP) office provides money to private voluntary organizations and the UN World Food Program to benefit people in 49 countries around the world. In the 2008 fiscal year, they provided 2.6 million metric tons of food, valued at more than $2.6 billion. In addition to providing funds to purchase food, it helps to develop programs for better food security.

In Burkina Faso, the program aims to increase crop productivity and household nutrition through strategies such as primary school meal programs and micro financing for women in rural areas. In 2008, Burkina Faso received $12.5 million in food assistance aid. The programs implemented by Africare in 104 villages in northern Burkina Faso were especially successful. The program was awarded the "Chevalier de l'Ordre National," which is a high honor from the Burkinabe government. By increasing poverty reducing legislation, such as the Global Food Security Act, successful programs like this would receive more funding.