Country government

Burkina Faso

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment to 2020

Reported progress

Assessment

Impact commitments
London 2013

1. Reduce stunting from 32.9% to 25% by 2020.

2. Reduce wasting from 10.9% to 8% by 2020.

3. Increase exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) from 38.2% to 60% by 2020.

Reported progress

1. A SMART national nutrition survey indicated that the prevalence of stunting was 25%. Many efforts still need to be undertaken by Burkina Faso in the fights against malnutrition (particularly stunting), even though the country has already fulfilled this N4G commitment.

2. The same SMART survey indicated that the national prevalence of wasting was 8.5% in 2018 (i.e. a gap of 0.5%). Although the target has not yet been reached, the gap is not alarming and indicates that Burkina Faso is on track to meet this commitment in early 2020.

3. In 2018, 55.8% of children were exclusively breastfed (representing a gap of 4.2%). Although this gap is sizable, reaching the target by 2020 is feasible because Burkina Faso is in the process of scaling up the IYCF strategy that specifically includes exclusive breastfeeding.

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

Commitment to reduce stunting reached; commitment to reduce wasting on target to be reached; on target to reach commitment to increase exclusive breastfeeding.

Policy commitments
London 2013

Organisations of civil society and parliamentarians should be included and considered as key stakeholders in nutrition.

Reported progress

Joining the SUN movement in 2011 has created a multisectoral and multistakeholder dynamic in Burkina Faso. Several networks have been set up and operationalized, including RESONUT (civil society network) and REPASEN (parliamentary network). These networks prioritize nutrition issues and work closely with the nutrition technical secretariat to advance the nutrition agenda in Burkina Faso.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

Reported progress in previous Global Nutrition Reports indicates that commitment has been achieved.

Program commitments
London 2013

Finalize a national nutrition plan (2016–2020) before the end of 2015, including commitments of financial and human resources to support specific interventions and actions contributing to nutrition.

Reported progress

The persistence of malnutrition at the national level and joining the SUN movement has resulted in Burkina Faso's revising of its nutritional policy with a multisectoral approach. This policy is accompanied by a multisectoral nutrition strategic plan for operational implementation. These documents have been developed, and the monitoring and evaluation plan is in the finalization process. It should be noted, however, that the policy is still in the adoption process among the Ministerial Council, which considerably hampers its operational implementation.

Assessment
Off course
Basis of assessment

The national nutrition plan has still not been finalized, even one year prior to the intended time span of the plan. Note that there has been a change in rating. The commitment is about the plan, rather than enshrining the rights.