WFP Nicaragua Country Brief, July 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

USD 68.4 m total requirements

183,803 people assisted in July 2020

Operational Updates

• COVID19: As of July, the Government has reported 3,902 cases, including 123 deceased people. WFP has continued working arduously to ensure the continuation of operations, increasing protection measures.
Hygiene and protection kits have been given to beneficiaries. In-person activities have adjusted and are being addressed to safeguard beneficiaries’ health and wellbeing while responding to their food security needs.

• The Ministry of Education continues requiring in-person attendance, as schools remain open. Thus, WFP continued delivering school meals, benefiting over 183,450 pre-and primary children, 51% female. School feeding is the primary social safety net in the country; besides fostering development, in critical situations, this programme is crucial so the population affected by shocks can cope. To continue with the safe delivery of food rations, WFP also started the process to acquire hygiene kits for all the schools assisted. Despite preventive measures, parents are abstaining from sending their children to classes due to fear of COVID-19.
WFP also continued coordination with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education to start the construction of wells and water tanks to promote care during and after the pandemic.
As a baseline survey exercise is approaching, WFP designed a biosecurity protocol, including the use of personal protection equipment in line with WHO/PAHO guidelines.

• During July, WFP Nicaragua continued to support men and women farmers’ organizations. WFP prioritized essential activities and supported the adoption of COVID-19 preventive measures to contain the risks of the pandemic. WFP’s assistance focused on supplying agricultural inputs, providing technical support centred on strengthening post-harvest capacities, improving food handling and safety measures, and learning about price setting and market analysis.