Transform Nutrition West Africa in Burkina Faso will provide context-specific evidence to help improve the agenda setting, conceptualization and implementation of nutrition action at national and subnational levels. Research activities include “Stories of Change in Food Security and Nutrition in Burkina Faso” with the Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP).

The challenge

Political commitment to nutrition has gradually increased in Burkina Faso and good progresses has been made over the past 30 years in reducing stunting and wasting, although not sufficient to meet the World Health Assembly targets. The country is also facing a double burden of anemia and low birth weight for children under-five, and a double burden of thinness and anemia for women of reproductive age. Burkina Faso is struggling to formulate an effective policy response to the burden of diet-related non-communicable diseases, despite a high rate of deaths attributable to these diseases.

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Analysis of nutrition research networks in West Africa: Application of social network analysis to co-authorship data to understand and enhance collaboration Description: The World Health Assembly (WHA) targets are instrumental for identifying primary knowledge gaps and priority areas for action and decision-making. Across West Africa, prevalence of these six WHA indicators for maternal infant and…

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By Richmond Aryeetey, Olutayo Adeyemi, Mara Van Den Bold, Elodie Becquey. Nick Nisbett, Zusia Turowska The ‘stories of change in nutrition’ initiative is a series of studies designed to systematically assess and analyse drivers of change in countries that have had success in accelerating improvements in nutrition. The multi-methods approach, which combines data and policy…

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By Leah Salm and Roos Verstraeten What are the key ingredients for prioritizing nutrition in policy – both at a national and local level? Recent research has shined a spotlight on this process in Burkina Faso. Transform Nutrition West Africa’s evidence brief strengthens and widens our understanding of the current direction of nutrition-relevant policy in…

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This data profile from Transform Nutrition West Africa on Burkina Faso aims to: Summarize all available primary data sources and secondary data aggregation platforms for key nutrition indicators representative at the national level. Assess the identified data sources for each indicator across four dimensions (i) validity and comparability, (ii) timeliness, (iii) accessibility, and (iv) representativeness….

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Evidence Notes

This brief summarizes nutrition-relevant policies in Burkina Faso. We examine: i) nutrition context, policy objectives, indicators, budget, and activities, ii) key beneficiaries, actors and coordination, iii) monitoring, evaluation, and accountability, and iv) whether current policies are aligned with the World Health Assembly (WHA) global targets.

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Burkina Faso Systematic Map to guide decision-making on the current landscape of research on World Health Assembly indicators in West Africa. The West Africa Region has been one of the slowest in reducing its many burdens of malnutrition. The World Health Assembly’s (WHA) 2025 nutrition targets were developed to track countries’ nutritional situations, and measure…

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  The West Africa Region has been one of the slowest in reducing its many burdens of malnutrition. The World Health Assembly’s (WHA) 2025 nutrition targets were developed to track countries’ nutritional situations, and measure progress in reducing malnutrition. These indicators are therefore essential to guide decision making. Understanding the regional and in-country dynamics are…