WFP El Salvador Country Brief, January 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Jan 2017

Highlights

  • Ambassadors from Korea and Germany and the Resident Representative of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) visited one of the communities where the resilience project (DEV 200932) is being implemented.

  • WFP is finalising the development of the Monitoring App for social programmes with the support of the WFP Innovation Accelerator Office.

  • WFP is strengthening the technical capacities of its partner NGO “EDUCO”

Operational Updates

  • The Country Office is finalising the development of the Monitoring App for Social Programmes (MAPS in its Spanish acronym) – previously known as Nutrimiles – with the support of the WFP Innovation Accelerator Office. The purpose of this platform is to allow individual tracking of the nutritional improvement of the people assisted and to create a consolidated and centralised database for real-time tracking of the results of the social protection programmes. MAPS will allow to collect and link key data for decision makers in an easy-to-use, non-intrusive, secure and distributed way. The aim is to reduce information silos, paperwork and monitoring costs while facilitating reporting.

  • Under the Regional project on food security for shock-affected vulnerable groups, WFP strengthens the technical capacities of the NGO “EDUCO”, one of its main partners. EDUCO technicians were trained on the use of digital tools for the collection of information. This allowed to obtain relevant information about the families supported, as well as the impact on food security in the communities assisted.

  • The second Nutrimos trust fund was approved by the Government to continue assisting vulnerable children under 2 years of age and pregnant and nursing women. Contributions to the trust fund - previously financed by Canada – were provided WFP USA, Astellas USA Foundation. The project is being implemented in collaboration with the National Council for Food Security and Nutrition (CONASAN) and the Ministry of Health, which are targeting new municipalities based on their levels of chronic malnutrition – as per the new National Height and Weight Census conducted by the Government.

  • The Ambassadors of Germany and Korea, together with the Resident Representative of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in El Salvador paid a visit to the small farmers in the “14 de Julio” Community, department of Usulután supported by WFP resilience project (DEV 200932). The farmers presented drip irrigation systems, crops and vegetables produced. In light of the positive results, the German Ambassador encouraged them to present a proposal to fund the set-up of solar panels aimed at pumping water from artesian wells. This would help expand the coverage of the irrigated area, helping more families to benefit from production in the dry season.