WFP Cuba Country Brief, March 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Mar 2017

Highlights

  • WFP is providing food and logistical assistance to the populations affected by Hurricane Matthew in eastern Cuba.

  • WFP supports the strengthening of drought-related early warning systems at provincial level and the use of vulnerability indicators for food security and nutrition in drought risk assessments.

  • WFP continues strengthening the bean value-chain stakeholders through trainings, technical support and equipment.

  • An independent team is conducting an evaluation of WFP Cuba Country Programme.

Operational Updates

  • WFP continues assisting the populations affected by hurricane Matthew in eastern Cuba through distribution of rice, beans and vegetable oil. WFP is also strengthening food storage capacities in the hardest-hit municipalities with mobile storage units and lightning.

  • WFP is supporting the Government in strengthening its food-based social safety nets. This includes the promotion of studies to assess trends in the population’s dietary habits. Data collection for the National Food Consumption Survey finished in all targeted provinces and quality control is ongoing.

  • As part of the process to strengthen the bean valuechain in six provinces, WFP carried out a two-week training in business planning in Pinar del Rio province.
    The training, which included a practical exercise in selected cooperatives, strengthened the capacities of over 100 people involved in the bean value chain (smallholder farmers, representatives of state agricultural enterprises and of social safety nets). WFP also organised training sessions on marketing for selected service providers to the bean value chain in the provinces of Granma, Holguin and Las Tunas.
    Moreover, a group of farmers in four provinces is currently harvesting bio-fortified bean produced with WFP support. The estimated production amounts to 7 tons and will be supplied to targeted day-care centres and maternity homes.

  • With SDG funds, WFP is implementing a training programme on sustainable production of fresh food and drought-resilient practices. The training is targeted at six agricultural institutions in the urban and peri-urban areas of Santiago de Cuba that have increased the provision of fresh food to social safety nets in three selected communities.

  • The pilot phase of the drought early warning system - which is being implemented in 20 target municipalities from November 2016 to April 2017 under the supervision of national institutions – is finalizing. The objective is to strengthen provincial drought earlywarning systems in eastern Cuba, and to use food security and nutrition vulnerability indicators in drought risk assessments. In April, WFP will organize a workshop in all targeted provinces to collect feedback and lessons learned.