On 6 March, WFP paid a courtesy call to the Minister of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia (Bappenas), highlighting 50 years of partnership between the Government of Indonesia and WFP, and outlining the proposed WFP Country Strategic Plan for 2021-2025.
WFP released a Food Price Bulletin which analysed potential effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on food prices between December 2019 and March 2020.
WFP has been supporting the government-led response to the COVID-19 outbreak through increased research and analysis, and improving preparedness through support to the National Logistics Cluster (such as developing a response plan and establishing regular coordination among cluster members and the private sector.)
• On 6 March, WFP met with the Minister of National Development Planning (Bappenas), and highlighted 50 years of partnership between the Government of Indonesia and WFP. In this meeting, WFP outlined the proposed WFP Country Strategic Plan for 2021-2025 which will be focussing on: (1) Food security and nutrition analysis; (2) Disaster and climate risk management; and (3) Prevention of stunting and other forms of malnutrition. WFP also discussed the importance of food systems for healthy diets, as well as the need to have a balance between government regulations versus educating the consumers.
• WFP released a Food Price Bulletin which looked into potential effects of the Covid-19 outbreak on food prices between December 2019 and March 2020. The analysis showed that the outbreak did not have a major impact on the prices of 10 key commodities, except for garlic and sugar, the prices of which increased due to delays in import.
• WFP’s engagement in the National Logistics Cluster involves facilitating the participation of the private sector in improving the logistics response to COVID19. This will also involve working together to develop a logistics response plan to address logistics gaps and improve the effectiveness of the response operations.
• As part of WFP’s support to the Government’s COVID-19 response, WFP is providing technical assistance in logistics coordination, related to the Health Cluster under the Ministry of Health, the Displacement and Protection Cluster, the Shelter Sub-Cluster and the Cash and Voucher Assistance Working Group under the Ministry of Social Affairs, and the Education Cluster under the Ministry of