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Published on 14/12/2015

Promoting local fortified infant flours in food assistance programmes in Burkina Faso

On 16 October 2015, the National Food Security Council (CNSA) in Burkina Faso, together with GRET, organised a workshop to promote local fortified infant flours in food assistance programmes. The objective was to raise the awareness of representatives from the ministries of health, agriculture, trade, and of international institutions and NGOs. Four main points were discussed: the importance of infant flours in the fight against infant malnutrition among vulnerable populations, an inventory of the local fortified infant flour sector, current legislation on production standards initiated by the Burkina Faso Agency for metrology and quality (ABNORM) and successful experiences of NGOs distributing local infant flours as part of food assistance programmes during the hunger gap. According to Mr. Simon Sankara, the representative of the general secretary of the ministry in charge of food security, it is necessary to promote the distribution of these products, especially in rural areas so that vulnerable households can have access to them. He regrets that the large majority of food assistance in the form of flour is still imported whereas local production exists and is crying out to be developed.