WFP Cambodia Country Brief, June 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

0 mt of food distributed

US$ 0 cash-based transfers made

US$ 0.3 million six months (July to December 2020) net funding requirements

0 people assisted In June 2020

Operational Updates

In the context of COVID-19 school closure, WFP, in collaboration with the provincial departments of education, has identified schools in three operational provinces to build 352 hand-washing stations and three rainwater catchments. The 3month-long construction will start in July, following WFP rainwater catchment specifications.

Further, WFP and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) are drafting a standard operational procedure (SOP) on food safety and hygiene practices for food handling and distribution in schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The SOP, now being reviewed and finalized, will ensure context-appropriate physical distancing and prevention efforts when schools reopen.

In support of the transition of school feeding programme to national ownership, WFP and MoEYS have identified 67 more schools for handover to the Government in the coming school year (2020-2021). WFP is supporting MoEYS to develop a national school feeding policy to guide the overall implementation and coordination across relevant ministries and multi-level authorities.

Also in support of these efforts, WFP, in partnership with MoEYS, has developed an instructional video for subnational authorities and school directors to manage the annual local food procurement process in support of the national home-grown school feeding programme.
WFP is also working with partners on producing a cookbook to assist school staff and cooks in selecting recipes with optimal nutrition values while accommodating students’ preferences. All materials will be finalized ahead of the new school year which starts in November.

On 24 June, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the launch of the national cash transfer programme for households registered in the IDPoor system, in response to the socio-economic impact of COVID19. WFP and other UN agencies supported the Ministry of Planning to enable on-demand IDPoor registration and to capture new poor and vulnerable households that have been impacted by COVID-19. WFP also worked closely with the National Social Protection Council and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation to roll out the scheme.

WFP, together with the National Social Protection Council and other partners, agreed to develop a comprehensive framework to embed ‘shockresponsiveness’ across social assistance and social security programmes in the National Social Protection Policy Framework through improved policies, coordination, triggers and thresholds, financing and capacities. This framework will consider recurrent climatic shocks as well as the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic shocks affecting Cambodia today.

As part of WFP’s role in the Humanitarian Response Forum and the Global Logistics Cluster project, WFP has inventoried supply chain needs and logistics challenges of the humanitarian and development community in Cambodia. Initial results showed that partners are interested in closer logistics coordination and information sharing, utilizing existing platforms and enhancing engagement with national actors such as the Cambodian Red Cross and the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) as well as with private sector companies.