WFP Honduras Country Brief, November 2016

Situation Report
Originally published



  • 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.
  • WFP is partnering with the Government of Honduras to manage an innovative Home Grown School Feeding programme, ensuring diversified and nutritious school meals for children. In collaboration with municipalities and farmers associations, WFP is providing fresh products such as eggs and vegetables.

WFP Assistance

The Country Programme (CP) targets the most vulnerable populations in the southern and western regions of Honduras, which are the poorest and most food insecure. Its objectives are to: i) enhance children’s opportunities to enrol in pre-schools and complete primary education; ii) prevent and reduce undernutrition among children under 5, pregnant and nursing women and people living with HIV on anti-retroviral therapy; and iii) build communities’ resilience to climate hazards through diversification of livelihoods. The CP aims to develop local capacities of counterparts to enable transfer of knowledge to support national programme management, particularly for the school feeding programme.

The regional PRRO grants WFP the flexibility to rapidly respond to shocks of different types and scales, including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, as well as coffee rust, drought and others. Its objectives are to: i) support and coordinate responses to shocks by saving lives and protecting livelihoods through relief assistance; and ii) help establish and stabilize livelihoods and food security through recovery assistance. Targeted geographical areas and people to be assisted are determined taking into account government requests, Integrated Context Analysis and Emergency Food Security Assessment findings.

This programme is the Government’s largest national social protection programme with nationwide coverage. It aims at: 1) supporting the national education policy and its objectives through a sustainable School Feeding Programme, while also improving the dietary diversity of children attending pre - and primary schools; and 2) reinforcing the local economy through strengthening the link between schools and smallholders producing highly nutritious foods, such as eggs, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. Annually, the project assists 1.3 million schoolchildren with a daily meal. Targeted public schools are located nationwide, mainly in rural and marginal urban areas with high levels of chronic undernutrition and extreme poverty.