WFP Honduras Country Brief, January 2019

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Jan 2019

In Numbers

US$ 276,443 in cash based transfers distributed
US$ 115.7 m total requirements
17,720 people assisted in January 2019

Operational Updates

  • WFP CO has been in meetings with the Secretary of Development and Social Inclusion (SEDIS) for the signing of the National School Feeding Program agreement for 2019. The program will attend to around 1,275,000 school children in 17 provinces; out of which 290,000 school children will receive fresh foods from smallholder farmers in the Dry Corridor and the province of “Gracias a Dios”. WFP and SEDIS have been planning this year’s activities with the municipalities that transport fresh products from smallholder farmer organizations to the schools. As part of the activities, a workshop on procedures for handling dry and fresh food will be held to strengthen the knowledge of SEDIS and WFP technical staff at field level.

  • The technical teams of WFP Honduras and WFP El Salvador met for the preparation of the Conceptual Note of the Binational Adaptation Fund Project in Choluteca. The objective is to strengthen food security and climate resilience of smallholder farmer households located in the Goascoran watershed, located between Honduras and El Salvador. As part of the activities, the analysis of climate change impacts and vulnerability was revised as well as the governance and logical framework of the agreement.
    They also established clear coordination structures between WFP country offices and government institutions for both countries.

Under Activity 3, with funding from Food for Peace WFP Honduras initiated capacity strengthening activities in the south of the Francisco Morazán province. The technicians were trained in conditional Cash-Based Transfers (CBT) for the creation of assets and in basic nutrition topics. The main objective was to build household’s resilience which have been affected by severe drought over the past five years. By rehabilitating and improving their livelihoods, they can increase their capacity to adapt to climate change, disaster risk reduction and improve their food and nutrition security. The program will benefit 11,515 beneficiaries of the municipalities of Curaren,
Alubaren and Reitoca.

-The revision of the Cost of the Double Burden of Malnutrition Study started, involving different partners such as the Secretary of Health, Secretary of Education, National Institute of Statistics and the Technical Food Security Unit among others. The methodology for the study is being revised by an external consultant with support from WFP and the Nutrition Institute of Central America and Panama (INCAP). The study will provide key information to identify and address the multiple forms of malnutrition, taking into account health, agricultural and social policies.