WFP Cuba Country Brief, April 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

1,400 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 12.71m total requirements

645,000 people assisted

Operational Updates

  • WFP assists populations affected by Hurricane Irma in Central Cuba with rice, beans and vegetable oil. Distribution to the affected populations will continue in the following months.
    WFP also supported national and local authorities with mobile storage units, pallets and lightning equipment to strengthen food-handling capacities.

  • WFP is working with national institutions on a behavioural change communication strategy on nutrition, to prevent micronutrient deficiencies and obesity. An Action Plan was approved by the various entities that will participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of the strategy (including staff from the ministries of Health and Education and the Faculty of Communications). A training workshop is being organised to strengthen their capacities in healthy food and nutrition, as well as to share good practices from other behavioural change communication strategies.

  • As part of its contribution to strengthen the bean value chain in six provinces, WFP continues implementing its training programme for cooperatives and decision makers. A group of WFP beneficiaries participated in the International Seed Fair to present their experiences in using quality seeds to improve their yields.

  • WFP continues to strengthen the capacities of farmers and local institutions on comprehensive drought management. Knowledge-sharing workshops were facilitated in each of the five eastern provinces to share the main results and lessons learned with the implementation of tools for comprehensive drought management. The participants – about 250 people, including local experts in disaster risk management, farmers and national counterparts – stressed the high relevance, effectiveness and timeliness of these tools to strengthen preparedness capacities to face drought.