WFP Cuba Country Brief, March 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

60 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 12.71m total requirements

77,500 people assisted in February 2018

Operational Updates

  • WFP provides assistance to 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 is also supporting national and local authorities with mobile storage units, pallets and lightning equipment to strengthen food-handling capacities. In mid-March, WFP facilitated a field visit from the European Union to selected hurricane-affected municipalities, to assess progress of the emergency response and exchange views with counterparts and beneficiaries.

  • WFP is working with national institutions on a behavioural change communication strategy on nutrition, to prevent micronutrient deficiencies and obesity. WFP facilitated an induction workshop with all actors that will participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of the strategy, including the ministries of Health and Education and the Faculty of Communications. The main capacity gaps were identified to inform further trainings.

  • As part of its contribution to strengthen the bean value chain in six provinces, WFP supported selected cooperatives in the production of biofortified beans to be provided to children, pregnant and lactating women, and elderly beneficiaries of social safety nets. Bean variety demonstration plots were also set up in the province of Pinar del Rio, where 200 participants could test different varieties to determine the most suitable for each territory.

  • WFP continues to strengthen the capacities of farmers and local institutions on comprehensive drought management. The pilot phase to make use of tools developed for drought management at municipal level is coming to an end. A workshop will be held next month in the five target provinces to exchange results and challenges related to the use of these tools.