Under the chairmanship of the Minister of the Environment, Water, and Sanitation, Mr. Roger Baro, on October 10th, 2023, in the Governorate of Kaya (Centre-Nord) more than 100 tons of food composed of rice, sorghum, cowpea, and 6,700 liters of oil were donated to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and their hosts.
The “Reinforcer la résilience sur l’axe Kaya-Dori” project is being implemented by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), national partners such as Actions pour la Promotion des Initiatives Locales (APIL) and Alliance Technique d’Assistance au Développement (ATAD), with support from state and government technical services.
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Five villages in the Centre-Nord region of Burkina will benefit from food donations
According to the Conseil National de Secours d’Urgence et de Réhabilitation (CONASUR), the most urgent need of the internally displaced is to satisfy their immediate basic needs. Indeed, food needs are most acute during the lean season. Those involved in the project, whose approach is based on the Quadruple Nexus: Humanitarian – Development – Peacebuilding and Green Growth in its implementation, decided to ease the burden of meeting the food needs of beneficiaries by providing food assistance to vulnerable IDPs and host populations.
For this first phase, a total of 101 tonnes of foodstuffs were donated: Rice: 58.5 tons / Cowpea: 25.5 tons / Sorghum: 18 tons / Vegetable oil: 6750 liters / Salt: 1125 kg. The aim of the project is not only to meet urgent food needs, but also to invest in the agro-sylvo-pastoral and fisheries sectors, in promising trades, and to provide clean cooking solutions, revegetation techniques and environmental protection that are effective and adapted to the realities of the IDPs and their hosts.
The aim is to facilitate the acquisition of the knowledge necessary for a return to the villages of origin with all the technological and material packages required to ensure sustainable growth and the blossoming of the populations.
The Minister of the Environment, present at the ceremony, congratulated the initiative of the “Strengthening resilience on the Kaya-Dori axis” project, whose approach will provide data for scaling up the strategy of voluntary return of IDPs to their villages after the security crisis. In his speech, he also said: “I am delighted that this project, beyond its humanitarian character, encompasses climate-smart agriculture, livestock breeding, forestry production and green entrepreneurship.
Economic empowerment of internally displaced women and young people for self-employment will be promoted. This will be achieved through income-generating activities, the creation of micro-businesses, and the establishment of agro-sylvo-pastoral farms. This multi-sectoral approach will enable communities not only to combat food insecurity but also to reduce unemployment among young people and women, who are often prey to violent extremism for lack of jobs. “
The beneficiaries of the donations also expressed their delight at the food donated. This project goes beyond food support by showing them the way to a better future through the technical, technological, and environmental support they need for sustainable green growth.
Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies.
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) was established in 1991 by the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a governmental organization for official development assistance (ODA). Its mission is to improve the effectiveness of South Korea’s aid programs for developing countries by implementing the government’s aid and technical cooperation programs.
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