WFP Nicaragua Country Brief, September 2019

from World Food Programme
Published on 30 Sep 2019

In Numbers

USD 68.3 m total requirements

182,000 people assisted in September 2019

Operational Updates

• Under the School Feeding Programme, WFP and the Ministry of Education (PINE/MINED) reached 182,000 pre- and primary school children in some of the most remote and most impoverished communities in the Northern Autonomous Caribbean Coast (RACCN) and Jinotega.

• During September, the Country Office received the visit of WFP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. The visit sought to strengthen institutional relations, reinforce partnerships, open communication channels and create donor confidence in WFP’s institutional capacity.

• WFP supported over 360 smallholder farmers (41% women) by holding 6 assemblies in which farmer members could get informed about the financial and technical execution of the cooperative's operational plans and activities. The assemblies also served to provide information on the current situation of organisations as a form of accountability. Similarly, WFP supported 8 work sessions with 48 members (42% women) of the administrative councils and area managers. In the sessions, WFP made possible the understanding of credit policies and provided feedback on the flow of credit granting to producers by their cooperatives.

• In September, WFP participated in a presentation by the Nicaraguan Union of Corporate Social Responsibility uniRSE on "The Exchange of Experiences on Financing,
Knowledge Generation and Work Interventions, Among Key Actors in the Integral Management of Disaster Risk.” The objective of the presentation was to promote social responsibility across all humanitarian agencies, embassies and government institutions.

• WFP encouraged the use of new technologies and good agricultural practices to improve crop yields of smallholder farmers. WFP provided farmer organizations with 5 work sessions that benefited over 140 smallholder farmers (23% women), producers of coffee, cocoa, rice and maize.