WFP Cuba Country Brief, May 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



  • WFP is providing food and logistical assistance to the populations affected by Hurricane Matthew in eastern Cuba.

  • WFP supports the strengthening of drought-related early warning systems at provincial level and the use of vulnerability indicators for food security and nutrition in drought risk assessments.

  • WFP continues strengthening the bean value-chain stakeholders through trainings, technical support and equipment.

  • WFP strengthens awareness on gender equality and women’s empowerment in both urban and rural areas.

Operational Updates

  • WFP continues assisting the populations affected by hurricane Matthew in eastern Cuba through distribution of rice, beans and vegetable oil. WFP is also strengthening food storage capacities in the hardest-hit municipalities with mobile storage units and lightning equipment.

  • WFP is supporting the Government in strengthening its food-based social safety nets. This includes the promotion of studies to assess trends in the population’s dietary habits. Data quality control for the National Food Consumption Survey is being finalised.

  • WFP continues strengthening the bean value-chain in six provinces. In Pinar del Rio, over 80 representatives of cooperatives, state companies and social safety nets presented their business plans as part of a process to inform the preparation of procurement plans and training programmes for this province.

  • WFP advanced with its training programme to strengthen drought resilience in the urban and periurban areas of Santiago de Cuba, to ensure stable supply of fresh food to social protection programmes.
    Moreover, a female cooperative president supported by WFP took part in a workshop hosted by the Environmental Foundations for Local Food Sustainability Project (BASAL – implemented by the United Nations Development Programme) to share good practices in promoting gender equality while strengthening community resilience.

  • WFP is systematizing all processes implemented during the pilot phase of the activities to strengthen drought early-warning systems in eastern Cuba, and to use food security and nutrition vulnerability indicators in drought risk assessments. This process is taking place together with key counterparts.