El Salvador

WFP El Salvador Country Brief, March 2016

Situation Report
Originally published



  • WFP welcomes the Government's generous contribution of USD 1.4 million to support the drought response in El Salvador.

  • WFP is supporting the Government of El Salvador in the process of strengthening its national social protection system by making it more nutritionsensitive.

  • WFP plays a leading role in building resilience to climate shocks and disasters, and this is a key element of WFP’s response to the drought.

  • WFP El Salvador introduced Super Cereal Plus on supermarket shelves, making it available to all consumers; and provided vouchers to people with limited purchasing power to grant free or subsidized access to fortified food.

WFP Assistance

PRRO 200490: main objectives are: (1) to meet immediate food needs of the most vulnerable food insecure households and communities affected by shocks, and (2) to facilitate early recovery through asset creation laying the foundation for a transition to resilience building. Thus far, 51,058 people affected by drought have been assisted through Food for Asset (FFA)/FFT activities with support from NGO partners and government counterparts.

200878: Nutrition Capacity Strengthening Plan to prevent stunting among children under 2 years, and malnutrition in pregnant and nursing women. Using Canadian funds, WFP will introduce Super Cereal Plus on supermarket shelves, making it available to all consumers. The shift from direct distribution of the commodity at health centers to the provision of commodity vouchers will reduce the burden on the health system and make existing cash transfer and social protection mechanisms more nutrition sensitive.

200815: Under the ProFarmers trust fund, WFP is working with the Ministry of Agriculture to scale up its successful implementation of Purchase for Progress (P4P) activities. The goal is to link 50,000 smallholder staple grain farmers to formal markets.

200932: Aims at building resilience among smallholder farmers, cooperatives, and women participating in farmer schools of the government’s Ciudad Mujer programme and reducing their vulnerability to food and nutrition insecurity by increasing the supply and demand for agricultural produce. WFP introduces sustainable agricultural practices, supports the diversification of production and the development of community stores where farmers can sell their surplus production.

200731: Under the Progresando trust fund, WFP provides vouchers to rural populations affected by the drought or the coffee rust conditional to their participation in training and asset creation activities.
SANNHOS: The multi-agency SANNHOS project, is capacities of three municipal governments to implement policies and actions promoting food and nutrition security.