Burkina Faso: Nutrition Profile

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An infant is being measured by health workers. Photo credit: Hayley Droppert, Courtesy of Photoshare
  • Burkina Faso

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  • Population

    18.7 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    3.2 Million

  • % Stunting

    21% Of Children Under 5

  • % Underweight

    16% Of Children Under 5

Photo credit: Hayley Droppert, Photoshare

Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. The consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policy makers in Burkina Faso, since around 672,000 children under 5 years (21 percent) suffer from chronic malnutrition (stunting or low height-for-age) and 10 percent suffer from acute malnutrition (wasting or low weight-for-height).

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of January 2018, the following USAID programs with a nutrition focus were active in Burkina Faso.

  • Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE) initiative: Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER)
  • RISE Initiative: Sahel Resilience Learning Project (SAREL)
  • RISE Initiative: Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced – Accelerated Growth (REGIS-AG)
  • FFP Families Achieving Sustainable Outcomes (FASO)
  • FFP Projet Victoire sure la Malnutrition (ViM)
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems


For more information, read the Burkina Faso country profile [PDF, 252KB].