Summary of WFP assistance: The School Meals Project, “Establishing the Foundation for a nationally owned, Sustainable School Feeding Programme”, focuses on strengthening the overall institutional and policy framework for a national school meals system and consolidating and improving the gains achieved in access to pre-primary and primary education. This is accomplished through direct support for school meals in the most vulnerable regions and districts. Key activities include the provision of daily mid-morning meals, nutrition education, improving household and community nutrition practices, a pilot initiative on local procurement, which links school meals to local agricultural production.
Following a SABER exercise in December 2014, a school feeding masterplan was prepared and validated. A cash transfer feasibility study was conducted, resulting in the selection of 24 schools to pilot two cash transfer models, namely: community decentralised local procurement and caterer system. Training is being planned for November. Other major activities being planned include the development of a signed transition agreement with the government, institutional capacity assessment and school feeding cost benefit analysis. Support was provided for the development of a social protection minimum package, through the UN Social Protection Working Group, which was finalised in April 2015, which includes school feeding. Assistance is underway to finalise an assistance programme with the WFP Centre of Excellence in Brazil.
Emergency Response and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR): WFP is currently assisting the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), within the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding for DRR. As the Chair of the UN Disaster Management Group, WFP assists in coordinating a harmonised disaster preparedness and response plan.
The Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation: seeks to provide assistance to food insecure and vulnerable households, particularly malnourished children with moderate acute malnutrition including pregnant and nursing women and children 6-23 months especially during the lean season. Approximately 105,000 people are targeted for support.
WFP is participating as part of the UN country team (UN agencies, Government and other development partners) in the formulation of the humanitarian response plan (HRP) under the coordination of UN – OCHA. The HRP addresses thematic humanitarian crises including Food Security, Nutrition, WASH, Health, Education and Protection. A three year plan 2014-16 is currently in place for The Gambia.