WFP Eswatini Country Brief, January 2021


In Numbers

0 mt food assistance distributed*

US$ 0 cash-based transfers made*

US$ 1.4 m six-month (March–August 2021) net funding requirements * All food and cash distributions in January were suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and related measures, and in compliance with government directives.

Operational Updates

  • WFP provides social safety nets for 55,000 orphans and vulnerable children under 5 years at the 1,700 Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs) in Eswatini through access to food and basic social services. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and associated containment measures, WFP Neighbourhood Care Points food distributions have been suspended as of January 2021.

  • WFP works with the Government in implementing a sustainable, nutrition-sensitive, shock-responsive national school meals programme. The Home-Grown School Feeding (HGSF) project started in September 2019, targeting 50 schools and 24,392 students. WFP works with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to empower local smallholder farmers to provide schoolchildren with food that is safe, diverse, nutritious and local. The schools closed in late December and since the country is in the second wave of COVID-19, new regulations with strict guidelines were enforced. This affected the opening of schools, which normally open in January, as well as the scheduled food distributions.

  • WFP participated in the quarterly school feeding panel meeting hosted by the Ministry of Education and Training, where the HGSF’s progress in 2020 was presented to all partners in the country.

  • WFP continued to collaborate with the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), the Ministry of Tinkhundla and Administration (MTAD), and the Swaziland Network of Young Positives (SYNP+) in conducting integrated treatment literacy activities to empower communities through better nutrition, uptake of and adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and tuberculosis (TB) medication, and sexual and reproductive health services.

  • WFP, through the national organizations Eswatini Network of Young Positives (SNYP+) and Membatsise Home-Based Care, also supported 40 women and young people (8 males and 32 females) living with HIV through livelihood activities (poultry and gardening). They were also trained in dietary diversity, Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), and Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).