WFP The Gambia Country Brief, February 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

11.5mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 3.9 m cash-based transfers made

US$ 2.8 m six months (March-August 2020) net funding requirements

107,541 people assisted in February 2020

Operational Updates

On 13 February 2020, the Brazil Centre of Excellence (CoE) supported a half-day virtual workshop for the WFP Gambia school feeding unit on home grown school feeding programme (HGSFP). The teams engaged on how the Brazil HGSFP operates and drew lessons that could be relevant for The Gambia.

Discussions centred around the practical solutions to the school feeding programme in The Gambia and the adoption of a more multisectoral and comprehensive approach to include farming, nutrition, health, gender and various additional accountability components. Institutional capacity strengthening for the Gambian government counterparts was also highlighted for the eventual phased hand-over approach to take ownership of the school feeding Programme aligned with the WFP 2020-2030 SF strategy.

WFP in The Gambia and the Brazil CoE have been engaged in resource mobilization projects for international funds to finance actions on country capacity strengthening and smallholder farming development through South-South cooperation with gender-transformative approaches for the country. As part of the third visit to finalize these project preparations on 5 February 2020, the WFP country office, the CoE and the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education visited two schools in central Banjul, the capital of The Gambia; Albion Lower Basic School and Muhammadan Lower Basic School.

The main objective of the APP was to take stock of WFP’s performance against its activities and programmes carried out in 2019, as well as to collectively plan for WFP’s priorities for 2020. All staff from different functional units participated in formulating deliverables and key performance indicators as well as identifying potential risks and challenges. Key amongst the issues discussed was the need to revitalise synergies across the functional units in order to address cross-cutting areas of intervention including gendertransformative home-grown school feeding as well as proper implementation of funds and grants.

The objective of the visit was to learn more on the best practices and on the capacity needs for project developments in The Gambia. WFP Brazil’s support for resource mobilization has the potential to catalyse over USD 10 million for the Government of The Gambia to continue taking ownership of the WFP country office work on scaling up the school feeding programme in the country.