Launching of a new project in combat of negative effects of COVID-19 in Burkina Faso

With the beginning of July HOPE’87 in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) started implementing a humanitarian aid project in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The project is called “Preventing and responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security in the commune of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso” and aims at assisting urban and peri-urban farmers and households that were or are affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 appeared in Burkina Faso during mid-March of 2020 and has negatively impacted poor urban and peri-urban farming households since then. As a consequence of the two-month quarantine imposed on the city of Ouagadougou, small-scale farmers and cattle-breeders were not able to sell their products, which eventually led to a reduction in their income.

The project aims at reducing exactly these negative effects and to stabilize the revenue of the beneficiaries. Therefore, FAO is executing this project through the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and with HOPE’87 being its project partner. Within the action HOPE'87 functions as the operational partner for the implementation of the project in Burkina Faso. HOPE’87 itself has been a partner to the FAO since 2008.

Together with other partners such as the City of Ouagadougou, the regional Directorates of Agriculture and Animal Resources of the Central Region of Burkina Faso, HOPE'87 will be supporting 4.200 households in the area. This will be made possible through the provision of agricultural equipment, seeds and fertilizers and livestock inputs such as poultry, rabbits and high-quality cattle feed as well as through the contribution to an unconditional electronic transfer of cash for the benefit of the affected households. These measures shall help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in households and on agricultural or livestock production sites.

The project will be monitored and evaluated by HOPE’87 on an ongoing basis. Our gratitude goes to the FAO for their generous financial support!