WFP Cambodia Country Brief, March 2019
1,474 mt of food distributed
279,100 people assisted In March 2019
• On 28 March WFP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia singed a Letter of Understanding on the implementation of the Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2019-2023. The signing ceremony took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation with participation of representatives from relevant ministries who are the main partners for the implementation of the CSP.
• This year marks 40 years of WFP support to the Cambodian people. Over this time WFP has regularly adjusted its portfolio of work to the changing needs of the country. The CSP will contribute to Cambodia’s development priorities and help Cambodia to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.
• WFP received a USD 2.7 million contribution from the Government of Japan to support emergency preparedness and response in Cambodia. The contribution will enable WFP to support the Government of Cambodia to manage and mitigate risks and enhance coordinated disaster preparedness and response efforts in line with the Government’s disaster management policies. The WFP Country Director thanked the Government of Japan: “The generous support from the people of Japan will not only help to protect lives and livelihoods in the most vulnerable areas, but, importantly, also protect and support Cambodia’s sustainable development and economic growth.
WFP will continue to strengthen its long-standing partnership with the National Committee for Disaster Management and its subnational disaster management committees to mitigate the impacts of shocks for local communities in flood-prone areas’’.
• On 18-20 March, WFP and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports hosted an annual school-feeding workshop with participation from relevant stakeholders in the school feeding programme including education officials at national and sub-national level and non-profit organization partners. The workshop aimed to review overall programme achievements, challenges, solutions and lessons learned during the school year 2017-18 and to identify proposed ways forward for the 2018-19 school year.
• WFP provided technical training to education officials at both national and sub-national levels on how to use the online cash scholarship system in three provinces. Since 2018, WFP has been working closely with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to co-design and develop an online web-based cash scholarship information system to monitor the scholarship programme. The online system helps to speed up and maintain timely, accurate data collection of scholarship information from communities, schools, provinces to national level. It also provides necessary information for timely decision-making and response to support cash scholarships of schoolchildren.