Honduras

WFP Honduras Country Brief, February 2017

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Situation Report
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Highlights

  • WFP Honduras has one of the largest Cash Based Transfer (CBT) portfolios in Latin America.
    Beyond the relief and recovery operation, CBTs are also enhancing food assistance in climate change adaptation and mitigation activities.

  • The Government of Honduras, the European Union and WFP launched agroforestry and climate change resilience project. At least 2,500 small producers households (12,500 people) affected by El Niño phenomenon in the dry corridor area will receive food transfers and technical assistance.

Operational Updates

  • The government School Feeding Programme, supported by WFP for the inclusion of fresh vegetables and eggs has been a success among schoolchildren and local producers: it encouraged local production, and promoted higher nutritional intake and dietary diversity for the school children.

  • WFP improves stakeholder’s participation and ownership of the school meals programme. School boards, teachers and parents, are responsible for food transport and administration, and meals preparation. Fresh food procurement to enrich school meals is organized by local authorities and communities. Decentralized local purchases stimulate local economies.

  • WFP Honduras and its partners reinforced emergency preparedness and response. The process included an Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA 72-hour) workshop, community organization, cohesion and empowerment through the active engagement of Municipal and Local Emergency Committees. The main activities were community assets and infrastructure creation or rehabilitation, injection of cash into local markets to promote local economies, employment generation, stimulation of retailers and traders, and support of local farmers.

  • The Study and Analysis of Market Prices for fresh products was carried out under the leadership of the SEDIS (Ministry of Inclusion and Social Development) and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras (UNAH). The analysis concluded with a need for alignment between prices paid to Cajas Rurales, Mancomunidades and those of local markets. The study will be further developed with key counterparts and donors, such as FAO, USAID, GoH / Eurosan and WFP.

  • The DEVCO project providing a response to the phenomenon of “El Niño” in the dry corridor of Central America was launched. The goal of this project is to create resilience and adaptation to climate change by improving and increasing community livelihoods and job opportunities.

Challenges

  • WFP Honduras is facing a severe shortage of funds for 2017, with a prospect for modest contributions mainly from the private sector.

  • WFP needs extra funding to assist food insecure populations identified by the latest Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) and mobile monitoring (mVAM). The results showed crop losses of above 50 percent for nearly half of households. Of these, 60 percent have no food reserves and 35 percent are food insecure.

  • The high level of insecurity in the country, including drug trafficking and corruption, continues to pose a challenge to WFP operations and staff wellbeing.