Health gardens to combat malnutrition

Completed

Aiming to address the underlying causes of malnutrition and reduce seasonal vulnerability, Action Against Hunger worked in three extremely poor provinces in the east of Burkina Faso to help 30 women’s groups create community vegetable gardens, improve their produce, diversify their diet and promote good infant nutrition practices.

Duration
2014-2017
Focus area
Women’s Social and Economic Development Access to Basic Services
country
Burkina Faso
partner
Action Against Hunger

Results achieved

In the east of Burkina Faso poverty is rife and families’ living conditions are extremely precarious: one farming household in two does not produce enough grain to meet its needs.
Food shortages have direct consequences on the population’s nutritional status. Malnutrition is the cause of death in over 40,000 children each year in the country and is above the alert threshold.

Aiming to address the underlying causes of malnutrition and reduce seasonal vulnerability, Action Agains Hunger  worked in three extremely poor provinces in the east of Burkina Faso to help 30 women’s groups create community vegetable gardens, improve their produce, diversify their diet and promote good infant nutrition practices.

  • Over 10,000 poor or very poor households received support in the form of cash transfers to increase their access to food or technical support to improve their production capacities.
  • 900 water treatment kits were delivered.
  • Almost 6,850 children were monitored to prevent malnutrition and around 1,200 benefitted from the distribution of enriched infant food.