Cuba

WFP Cuba Country Brief, July 2017

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Highlights

  • WFP finalised its emergency operation for the populations assisted by hurricane Matthew in eastern Cuba, benefitting 182,000 people.

  • WFP is working with government counterparts to promote nutrition for vulnerable groups and support behavioral change and nutrition education in schools.

  • WFP supports the strengthening of agricultural value chains by organizing service fairs to bring together producers and service providers.

  • The mid-term evaluation of the Cuba country programme was concluded with the publication of the final report and management response.

Operational Updates

  • WFP finalised its emergency operation to support the populations affected by hurricane Matthew in eastern Cuba. 182,000 people benefitted from WFP food assistance in eight municipalities. WFP also strengthened institutional food storage capacities with mobile storage units, lightning equipment, kitchen tools and warehouse scrubbing machines.

  • The mid-term evaluation of the Food and Nutritional Education Strategy for Schools – launched by the Ministry of Education in June 2016 with WFP’s support – was concluded. As confirmed by all participants – 230 employees from the education sectors (90% women)–, the implementation of this strategy enhanced the coordination between the Ministries of Education and Health, and fostered a greater participation of communities and families in disseminating good nutritional practices.

  • WFP advanced working with the Ministry of Health on the Behavioural Change Communication campaign on nutrition. A national team was formed and will conduct a situation analysis regarding: i) the current situation of anaemia and obesity among adolescents, children and pregnant mothers in Cuba; and ii) their nutritional habits.

  • WFP continued to strengthen the bean value chains in six provinces. Two service fairs were facilitated in Las Tunas province – as part of a cycle started last month in Granma province –, bringing together service providers and producers. These events fostered an exchange between producers and service providers, where the first could learn about the services available in their territories and how to access to them.

  • WFP is systematizing the pilot phase of the process to strengthen drought early-warning systems in eastern Cuba, and the use of food security and nutrition vulnerability indicators in drought risk assessments.

Challenges

  • Nutritional support activities under the 2018 transitional interim country strategic plan face funding shortages – mainly for pregnant and lactating women- that need to be covered as soon as possible.

  • As stressed by Cuba authorities, drought continues to represent a challenge to public water supply and agricultural production in the whole country, particularly in the central and eastern provinces.