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13 Nov 2018 description

OVERVIEW

Ras Ajdir, alternatively named Ras Jdir or Ras Ejder, is the main and most used border crossing between Tunisia (Ben Gardane-Medenine governorate) and Libya (Nuqat al Khams district), and Libya's most northerly point (GPS coord: 33.1481°N 11.5663°E).

The nearest towns are Zarzis, 78 km from the border on the Tunisian side, and Zwarah, 60 km on the Libyan side.

This border is widely used for the transport of humanitarian commodities and commercial shipments between Tunisia and Libya.

21 Oct 2018 description

In Numbers

US$1.6 m allocated by the Tunisian Government for the construction and equipment of two pilot kitchens
WFP provides capacity-strengthening activities aimed at enhancing government-run National School Meals Programme
The National School Meals Programme reach 250,000 children (120,000 girls and 130,000 boys) in Tunisia; and 1.4 m children (660,000 girls and 740,000 boys) in Morocco

Operational Updates

Tunisia:

24 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers
- US$1.6 m allocated by the Tunisian Government for the construction and equipment of two pilot kitchens.
- WFP provides capacity-strengthening activities aimed at enhancing government-run National School Meals Programme.
- The National School Meals Programme reached 250,000 children (120,000 girls and 130,000 boys) in Tunisia; and 1.4 m children (658,000 girls and 742,000 boys) in Morocco.

Operational Context

23 Aug 2018 description

In Numbers

US$1.6 m allocated by the Tunisian Government for the construction and equipment of two pilot kitchens

WFP provides capacity-strengthening activities aimed at enhancing government-run National School Meals Programme.

The National School Meals Programme reached 250,000 children (120,000 girls and 130,000 boys) in Tunisia; and 1.4 m children (658,000 girls and 742,000 boys) in Morocco.

Operational Updates

Tunisia:

24 Jul 2018 description

In Numbers

US$1.6 m allocated by the Tunisian Government for the construction and equipment of two pilot kitchens

WFP provides capacity strengthening activities aimed at enhancing governmentrun National School Meals Programme (NSMP).

The national programme reach 250,000 children (120,000 girls and 130,000 boys) in Tunisia; and 1.4 m children (658,000 girls and 742,000 boys) in Morocco.

Operational Context

18 Jul 2018 description

TUNIS – Representatives of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have met the Mayor of Benghazi AbdelRahman el-Abbar, to discuss how best WFP and the United Nations can provide support to the country.

26 Jun 2018 description

Operational Context

Tunisia has undergone significant change following the Jasmine Revolution of January 2011. The strategic direction of the Government currently focuses on strengthening democracy, while laying the groundwork for a stronger economic recovery. Tunisia has a GNI per capita of USD 11,250 purchasing power parity (World Bank, 2015). The 2016 UNDP Human Development Report ranks Tunisia 97 out 188 countries and as 58 on the Gender Inequality Index (GII 2015).

21 May 2018 description
infographic World Food Programme

HIGHLIGHTS

The food markets are characterized by heavy subsidies on cereals which have contributed to keep the prices stables. The government's economic policy strategy is aimed at boosting annual real GDP growth to 5% and cutting unemployment to 12% by end-2020 (from 15.4% at end-2017), by introducing a "new model" of development.

01 Mar 2018 description

Highlight

• WFP Tunisia has identified eight primary schools in four different regions of the country to refurbish their existing kitchens and canteens as well as revitalise annexed school gardens. The interventions will result in enhancing the Government’s capacity to provide hot nutritious meals to 920 children in 2018.

01 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

• WFP Tunisia, Ministries of Education and Agriculture, and UNOPS experts conducted visits to schools in three Tunisian governorates. In partnership with the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development (AICS), sixteen primary schools will be upgraded in 2018, to enable them to provide students with daily nutritious hot meals.

19 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • Represented by the Ministry of Education’s Director General for International Cooperation, the Government of Tunisia participated in the Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) in Montreal together with WFP Tunisia staff. Tunisia demonstrated the high level of commitment to establishing country-operated sustainable school feeding programs.

24 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • Nadhour Central kitchen’s main building construction under the National School Meals Programme is ongoing. Operating the Central kitchen will enable the distribution of nutritious meals to the first 10 satellite schools selected in the pilot region.

  • The Community Based Organisation (CBO) composed of 20 rural women has received legal status. The newly formed CBO reflects community participation and local ownership of the WFP-developed Sustainable School Meals Pilot project.

31 Jul 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP has collaborated with the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies (ITES) to conduct a strategic review of the food and nutrition security in the country. On June 14, the findings of the study were shared during a one-day conference attended by 30 different national and international stakeholders including the Minister of Agriculture.

31 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • On 20 April, WFP and the Ministries of Education and Agriculture hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop on school gardens. The Minister of Education, senior government officials and the president of the Tunisian Agriculture and Fishery Union, together with more than 200 participants, exchanged ideas about how school gardens can provide multiple benefits for children and local communities.

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP, the African Development Bank and the Tunisian Ministry of Education are discussing ways to foster synergies in collaboration with the Tunisian Government in the shared efforts to build a stronger education sector and enhanced social safety nets.

  • The first food and environment classes were held in a newly established school garden developed with WFP support. The garden will serves as a hub for community participation, nutritional, environmental and agricultural education for children and adults.

20 Mar 2017 description

The Initiative for School Meals and Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region aims at enhancing the effectiveness and broadening the coverage and impact of school meals programmes as a key social protection instrument in support of poor and vulnerable children and marginalized communities. It embraces both crisis situations as well as more stable but vulnerable contexts, strengthening resilience and providing opportunities for more inclusive development pathways and social stability.

10 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Tunisian investment in the National School Meals programme was showcased as a leading example during an event to present the Initiative for School Meals and Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa. The initiative conceives school meals as a costefficient investment which can drive mutuallyreinforcing social protection, education, and nutrition outcomes; while promoting community resilience.

20 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • As part of a WFP developed, multi-dimensional approach to nutritious school meals, a school garden is established in Nadhour, Zaghouan governorate. Trees have been planted, and the irrigation system and a greenhouse have been set up. The garden will supply the school canteens with fresh home-grown vegetables.