- With the timely support of Yum! Brands, WFP managed to close its only funding gap in its school meals programme and procure Super cereal for the upcoming food delivery, preventing pipeline breaks. The Super Cereal is a highly nutritious component of the food basket, providing important micronutrients that children often lack in the targeted communities. The Yum! Brands team visited Nicaragua in May to learn more about the School Meals programme and its link to smallholder farmers, seeing first-hand the benefits that its contribution brings to schoolchildren in the most remote and poorest areas.
WFP conducted working sessions to promote forward contracts with two of its assisted farmer organizations (FO). This purchasing modality consists of negotiating the sale prior to the harvesting season. WFP piloted this type of purchase contract in 2016 for the first time and confirmed that it benefits farmers, allowing them to plan accordingly in advance and obtain credit.
At the same time, for WFP, this guarantees that the product will be timely received for its food deliveries, conducted under its portfolio of activities. WFP will continue to work with these two FOs with the aim of securing forward contracts in 2017.
As part of its efforts to foster Nicaragua’s capacities in emergency preparedness, WFP is providing technical assistance to SINAPRED in telecommunication and geo-referencing systems. The aim is to help identify the most suitable solutions to equip SINAPRED’s mobile Centres of Information. Such systems are used to capture and process information when disasters strike and systems shut down.