El Salvador

WFP El Salvador Country Brief, July 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

106,419 Vulnerable households at risk of becoming food Insecure due to drought.

38,064 Households in moderate or severe food insecurity.

US$ 7.7 m six months (August 2018 – January 2019) net funding requirements, representing 8% of total

17,765 people assisted July, 2018

Operational Updates

• The WFP country director Andrew Stanhope and Erik Kristensen, delegate of the European Union in El Salvador, inaugurated the community composting plant El Tizate, built as part of the El Niño response in the Dry Corridor of Central America. The plant will benefit 161 families with highly efficient organic fertilizer, to be used as soil conditioner, natural pesticide, erosion control, with many other benefits for the ecosystem. The coordinator for the Eastern area of the country of the Ministry of Natural Resources as well as the mayor of the Joateca municipality were involved in the project and present at the event.

• Two associations of smallholder farmers exported a second container of 20 tons of Salvadoran red beans to the United States. This indicates the success of WFP supported farmers organizations.

• The Government of El Salvador, the German development cooperation and WFP started the “Building Resilience in Communities in the Western Region of the Dry Corridor of El Salvador” project, which support 5,000 beneficiaries through livelihoods recovery activities and improve resilience to climate change.

• FUNDEMAS (Corporate Foundation for Social Action) and WFP signed an agreement to create a local branch of the RE-SUN (Enterprise Network for Scaling up Nutrition) movement. At the inauguration event both institutions called for civil society, donors, enterprises, researchers, and UN agencies to join this initiative and embrace nutrition-sensitive approaches to tackle all forms of malnutrition. The event was part of the corporate social responsibility week and will be included in the Government’s National Nutrition Strategy. This initiative is supported by a multi-stakeholder platform representing all sectors involved in nutrition-sensitive approaches addressing underlying causes of malnutrition in El Salvador.