• After a two-year break, school’s meals activities resumed since 18 September 2017, in the 1,574 schools of the National Integrated School Meals Programme.
• The recruitment process of NGOs for the monitoring of the school meals activities is ongoing for the Country Programme (CP 200721) and the Trust Fund project (TF 201090) school meals programme.
• The prepositioning of food commodities in the schools for both CP 200721 and TF 201090 is ongoing.
• Data collection by the National Institute of Statistic and Applied Economics for the Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) is complete. A total of 1,500 households in 750 villages were surveyed and the data collection covered the period from 20 July to 23 August 2017. WFP received a support from an international consultant for data analysis that is being conducted by the National Institute of Statistic. The first results are expected for the end of September.
• Following the signing ceremony of the funds transfer agreement between the Government of Benin and WFP on 20 July 2017 in Cotonou, USD 5,583,999 were transferred to WFP as part of the first instalment for the implementation of school meals activities. This will cover 1,574 schools for the first semester of the 2017/18 school year. The second instalment is scheduled for March 2018.
• The country office, jointly with the National Directorate of school meals, has started preparations for the start of school meals activities in the 1,574 schools. After a two-year break, activities of the Government school meals programme resumed for 326,721 schoolchildren since the 18 September 2017.
• The selection process of the NGO in charge of monitoring the school meals programme and the involvement of communities in school canteens activities has come to an end. Five local NGO were selected to conduct this process with WFP. The training sections are scheduled from 5 to 7 October 2017.