Fiji + 3 more

WFP Pacific Country Brief - October 2021



US$ 0.19 m six months (November 2021-April 2022) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

• WFP handed over emergency-response equipment valued USD 75,000 to the Fiji National Disaster Management Office ahead of the approaching cyclone season. The Government of Brazil provided funding, mobile warehouses, and telecommunications equipment to enhance disaster preparedness and response activities.
Country Strategic Planning (CSP)

• Consultations are ongoing with governments, CROP and UN agencies, civil society counterparts and other partners across the Pacific as part of the formulation of the next five-year strategic plan for the WFP Pacific Multi-Country Office. Inputs are also being sought as part of the ongoing review of mVAM in the Pacific.

• The regional Pacific Food Security Cluster (rPFSC) coordination team continue to engage member country governments to better understand their preparedness and response priorities as the Pacific enters its cyclone season. At the regional cluster coordinators’ meeting convened by Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), WFP participated as co-lead of the rPFSC together with FAO, and as lead of two other regional clusters (Logistics and ETC), to brief on preparedness measures being taken by cluster members across the Pacific ahead of the cyclone season.

• WFP provided technical support to the Vanuatu Food Security and Agriculture Cluster to review their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and improve the effectiveness of key mechanisms from the cluster’s response to TC Harold and the COVID-19 pandemic. WFP also facilitated a lessons learnt workshop on 18-19 October 2021 in Port Vila and a cluster meeting in Santo. Regional partners will have an opportunity to contribute to the final document prior to endorsement by the Vanuatu Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on 10 November 2021.

• WFP in partnership with the Fiji Department for Social Welfare (DSW) are verifying DSW beneficiaries across high climate and disaster risk locations for inclusion in the parametric insurance pilot that will begin 1 November 2021. Information materials including a leaflet and FAQs that explain the product and triggers have been finalised together with the Ministry in preparation for dissemination.