Armenia

WFP Armenia Country Brief, January 2020

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In Numbers

51,050 people assisted in January 2020

46,280 USD cash-based transfers made

320 Mt of food assistance distributed

Operational Updates

• WFP continued the renovation works of school canteens and cafeterias in 68 schools in Gegharkunik to ensure the successful hand-over of the programme in the region to the Government in 2020.
In Syunik province, WFP completed kitchen and canteen renovation works in 58 schools, with 5 additional schools scheduled to complete the works by the end of March 2020.

• In January, WFP signed a new Field Level Agreement with the Social and Industrial Food Service Institute (SIFI) for a three-year timeframe. As part of this partnership, SIFI will provide a range of capacity strengthening activities, including technical assessments on renovation and provision of equipment to schools, supporting assessments and design of value chain activities for school feeding.

• WFP has commenced work with the Sustainable School Feeding Foundation on the creation of monitoring and evaluation databases, including an interactive map to monitor the implementation status of the school feeding programme.

• In January, WFP Armenia finalised the data collection of existing food consumption habits of the population. The findings will inform WFP’s nutrition Social Behaviour Change Communication activities that aim to influence the population’s adoption of healthier eating habits positively. The activities will start in March 2020. WFP also attended two television shows to raise public awareness on the importance of breakfast and the impacts of sugarover consumption on health.

• WFP Armenia scaled-up efforts to set up its emergency preparedness and response mechanisms as well as to support strengthening those of the Government. Thanks to WFP corporate funding, the office has been extensively engaging with line ministries and stakeholders to ensure all mechanisms are in place to meet the needs of the population in case of one or multiple shocks.

• WFP Armenia continued the development and refinement of nutrition-sensitive Food Value Chains.
New modular investments that look at climate, gender and improved food security have been developed to be included in forthcoming interventions.

• As of January, the number of schoolchildren directly receiving WFP’s support decreased in line with the nationalisation of the School Feeding Programme.
Thanks to the efforts of WFP to strengthen national partners’ capacity, the number of children supported by the Sustainable School Feeding Foundation has increased reaching 50,000. In parallel, WFP activities in food value chains directly support small-holder farmers and indirectly contribute to the increased availability of nutritious food in markets.