Summary of WFP assistance:
Aligned to the Country Strategy and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2013-2017), WFP developed its country programme (2013-2017) in close coordination with the Government. WFP supports the Government in its efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 1, 2, 3, and 5. WFP activities directly contribute to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger (MDG1). They include support to the National School Feeding Programme to promote universal primary education (MDG2); promotion of education access for girls, gender equality and women empowerment (MDG3); and assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers to improve maternal health (MDG5).
The Country Programme (CP) is designed to strengthen local and national capacities to break the inter-generational cycle of hunger by working in areas of school feeding, nutrition, livelihood development and disaster risk reduction. Upon government request, WFP also provided technical support for the formulation of laws on Complementary School Feeding and Disaster Risk Management, which were approved by the Congress in late 2014.
WFP has been implementing innovative solutions to improve performance in terms of sustainability and multiple impacts. It has included the cash and voucher modality into both its emergency and development projects. Within the ‘disaster risk reduction’ component, WFP introduced cash and voucher transfers, which have been expanded through a Trust Fund in 2015. The possibility to link market access programmes to the school feeding component is currently being explored. WFP is already supporting initiatives where local governments purchase commodities from small farmers for their school feeding programmes, the introduction of cash and voucher transfers in this context is currently being assessed.
WFP is also implementing the Disaster Emergency Preparedness and Response (DEPR) project (September 2013 – June 2015) to strengthen government disaster risk management capacities. The project is part of a regional initiative. It includes support to the improvement of the national early warning system.