WFP Guinea-Bissau Brief: Reporting period: 01 October – 31 December 2015

Situation Report
Originally published


Summary of WFP assistance

PRRO 200526 focuses on vulnerable populations in the Biombo, Quinara, Cacheu, Gabu, Bafatá and Oio regions, which were highlighted as highly food insecure by the WFP Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment conducted in 2010. The Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) report of 2013, showed that food insecurity was exacerbated in 2013 by a poor cashew harvest and social unrest. The same study revealed an increasing number of households that spend over 75 percent of their budget on food and that 7 percent of the population was food secure.

Coping strategies include reduction in the number of meals and the sale of household assets. WFP’s operation was designed to support households and communities to recover from multiple and complex shocks compounded by political instability, structural weaknesses, and other socio-economic vulnerabilities. It integrates four objectives: (i) to maintain enrolment rates and ensure gender parity in primary schools by providing daily school meals and take-home rations for girls; (ii) to treat acute malnutrition among children aged 6–59 months, pregnant and nursing women through targeted supplementary feeding (TSF), and to provide food by prescription to people living with HIV (PLHIV) and to tuberculosis (TB) clients under treatment; (iii) to prevent stunting in children aged 6–23 months through blanket supplementary feeding (BSF); and (iv) to assist communities and households to rebuild and protect livelihoods through food assistance for assets (FFA).

The current PRRO was extended until March 31st 2016. The extension enables a smooth transition from the PRRO to the Country Programme (2016-2020). The CP has been submitted for approval and it is expected to start in April 2016. The CP will be aligned with the human development and agriculture pillars of the Guinea Bissau Government's strategic and operational plan (2015-2020) and with human development and economic growth and poverty reduction pillars of the United Nations Strategic Cooperation Framework for Guinea-Bissau.