Food distribution for school meals activities has ceased completely due to pipeline break.
In an effort to strengthen capacities of the government counterparts, WFP conducted a five-day Mobile Data Collection training using Open Data Kit (ODK) for 20 central office staff of Ministry of Education (M&E and Education Management Information System-EMIS units).
Participants received information on tools and techniques to gather data for project outcomes using innovative mobile data gathering tools. It also aimed at improving their skills in data collection methods and strengthening their monitoring capacities.
WFP provided nutritious food items including parboiled rice, soya beans, SuperCereal, vegetable oil and salt to people affected by HIV and TB, to 54 ART sites across the country for the first three months (January to March) of implementation. 9,037 patients on anti-retroviral treatment, 473 HIV pregnant and nursing women and their affected household members of 946 and 126 multidrug resistant TB patients were targeted to improve nutritional status and treatment adherence. Also, WFP participated in the proposal writing of the new global fund grant for HIV and TB.
School Meals: WFP held talks with the Ministry of Education (MoE) on funding shortfalls in the school meals programme. WFP and MoE also agreed on key activities for 2017, including the need for the Government to get involved in resource mobilization efforts and support the continuation of home-grown school meals pilot in 2017.
The Livelihood Assets and Market Promotion: WFP held the Organization Development Workshop in Grand Bassa County for women-headed household farmers of Rivercess, Margibi, and Grand Bassa Counties, which brought together 46 participants. The training aimed to increase women’s capacities in good governance, application of by-laws and constitution, post-harvest handling and storage, financial management, business planning and marketing.
WFP also facilitated the Community Food Reserve (CFR) training sessions for 40 women farmers from five selected CFRs from Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Bong Counties. The workshop focused on providing farmers with clear and current information on the benefits and operational modalities of Community Food Banks management including financial and institutional capacity, organization viability and sustainability, and food security and livelihood situation and challenges.
Distribution of food, under the Japanese Food Assistance for Assets Project (JFAP), which is reaching over 17,000 asset beneficiaries and 86,662 indirect vulnerable people, has begun. This comprises 60,658 women in 10 counties.
WFP completed construction of five drying floors in three counties (Lofa, three floors; Cape Mount, one floor; Gbarpolu, one floor) with funding from Irish Aid, under WFP P4P programme. The farmers stated that they critically needed the floors for their paddy processing activities. The support will enhance capacity of 230 smallholder farmers (about 1,200 indirect beneficiaries) to dry their paddy thus enhancing improved milling and better grain recovery.