WFP Cuba Country Brief, June 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

160 mt* of food assistance distributed

USD 12.71m total requirements

116,000* people assisted

Operational Updates

• WFP is assisting populations affected by Hurricane Irma in Central Cuba with rice, beans and vegetable oil. Distribution to the affected populations is finalising. WFP also supported local authorities through the provision of mobile storage units, pallets and lightning equipment to strengthen food-handling capacities.

• WFP is supporting national priorities to enhance the sustainability of social safety nets for vulnerable groups (children, pregnant and lactating women, and the elderly), providing regular and specialised nutritious foods. WFP is also working with the ministries of Health and Education and the Faculty of Communications to implement a communication strategy on nutrition, to prevent micronutrient deficiencies and obesity. WFP will facilitate a second training on healthy food and nutrition next month to strengthen the capacities of staff from these ministries.

• WFP supports the strengthening of the bean value chains in six provinces with training and equipment. In addition, a pilot initiative to strengthen the vegetable value chain in the urban areas of Santiago de Cuba – implemented with the United Nations Development Programme and UNICEF, and funded by the SDG Fund– was recently finalised. There was a closing workshop in Santiago de Cuba to exchange on best practices and lessons learned, where the Cuban authorities and beneficiaries expressed their satisfaction with the results and recommended to UN to continue implementing similar initiatives.

• WFP continues to strengthen the capacities of farmers and local institutions on the comprehensive management of drought. Preparatory work to launch the second phase of these activities is ongoing – funded by the European Union – focusing on consolidating the results obtained in the first phase and linking action plans to the existing local development tools for food security and nutrition.