Honduras

WFP Honduras Country Brief, June 2018

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In Numbers

1,502 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 986 k cash-based transfers made

USD 4.03 m six months (April-September 2018) net funding requirements

584,271 people assisted in June 2018

Operational Updates

• A joint RBP CBT Finance and Programme Oversight mission came to CO Honduras to determine whether internal controls and related processes are in place and functioning effectively, and if the CO is in compliance with corporate financial rules and regulations for Cash-based Transfer (CBT) operations.
A field visit was conducted to observe the direct interaction between activity participants, cooperating partners and WFP coordination results. Mission recommendations included: reinforcement of capacity strengthening when delivering transfers to municipalities to set up the local model for fresh produce purchases from the smallholder farmers associations, as well as the need to carry out market analysis so that the basic basket requirements, calorie value and prices in the different regions of the country can be determined. This analysis will assess whether the transfer value is commensurate to each activity according to the needs and priorities of the CSP’s targeted beneficiaries.

• Under CSP/Strategic Objective 3-Activity 4, the CO is developing a training in “Risk Management and Adaptation to Variability and Climate Change” with a focus on gender and food security and nutrition in alliance with the Zamorano University. The training aims to develop the technical skills and capacities of WFP staff in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, implementing the PROACT/DEVCO-EU project along with government institutions, municipalities and cooperating partners. A total of 44 institutional technicians (15 women and 29 men) are incorporated in the capacity strengthening process.
Notably, the project has resulted in an increased participation of women in technical positions within our cooperating partners.

• The CO and the Secretary of Development and Social Inclusion key staff held a series of joint working sessions to define the capacity strengthening activities within the annual operational plan of the National School Meals Program. Thus, planned activities with shared responsibilities were established for field visits, inter-agency meetings and strategic cooperating partner workshops. An in-depth discussion on risk management such as inefficiency, mismanagement and fraud was held. The discussion resulted in the definition of new processes and tools such as selection criteria of beneficiaries, protocols for the proper follow-up of the agreements signed with partners, and internal controls for the implementation of a program that benefits 1.2 million schoolchildren nationwide.

• WFP Country Director and the Vice Minister of the Secretary of Development and Social Inclusion in charge of Public Policies met to explore opportunities for strengthening areas of collaboration between the Government ́s social protection programs and WFP's strategic plan.
Both institutions established the importance of promoting activities related to early childhood care and coordinate major efforts for the prevention of pregnancies in adolescent girls. WFP will collaborate in a life cycle course approach (from the first 1,000 days of life to the elderly adult) through capacity strengthening on food security and nutrition considering the GaM (Gender Age Marker), according to the needs and priorities of our program beneficiaries.

• An important meeting of WFP with climate change officials of El Salvador and Honduras took place in San Miguel, El Salvador to prepare a bi-national pre-concept note to be submitted to the Adaptation Fund in Washington in the coming weeks.