WFP Bolivia Country Brief, November 2017



• WFP works on its Country Strategic Plan for the period 2018–2022. Since Bolivia is a middle income country, WFP will progressively move away from direct food assistance to achieving zero hunger by providing technical support.

• Partnerships will be at the heart of WFP’s assistance in Bolivia: the agency will enhance North-South and South-South cooperation by supporting national plans to eradicate hunger and fight malnutrition.

WFP Assistance

The Country Programme (CP) was designed in consultation with the Bolivian Government. It is in line with the Country Strategy Document (2011), the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2013-2017, Bolivia's National Development Plan and the new Political Constitution.

The overall objective of the CP is to strengthen local and national capacities to break the intergenerational cycle of hunger. Specifically, WFP aims to:

• enhance food and nutrition security by improving education, nutrition and health throughout the life cycle;

• strengthen communities' resilience by mitigating shocks and adapting to climate change;

• link the demand of local food-based assistance programmes to small farmers, thereby transforming food and nutrition assistance into productive investments in local communities; and

• strengthen Government capacity to design, manage and implement tools, policies and programmes for assessing and reducing hunger.

These objectives are to be reached through the three components of the CP:

  1. sustainable and productive school feeding;

  2. strengthening of government nutrition programmes; and 3. livelihood development and disaster risk reduction.
    All components include capacity development and augmentation activities to support the Government to manage its own food based programmes and strengthen the implementation of food security and sovereignty policies.

Operational Updates

• A mission to the department of Tarija assessed the impact of the home-grown school meals pilot project. Some 30 schools were visited and interviews were held with all relevant stakeholders. Results show appropriation and commitment from municipal authorities to continue delivering locally produced foods under their school feeding programme.

• WFP built the capacity of local authorities from 17 municipalities in the department of Oruro so that they are able to buy food from local producers, in the framework of their social protection programmes. At the same time, local producers exhibited their transformed foods and shared experiences.

• On the occasion of the 16 Days of activism against gender-based violence (25 November10 December), the CO organized workshops at schools and wall-painting activities with the support of a local artist.

• WFP continues to work on the first Vulnerability Assessment Mapping focused on urban areas in Bolivia.