WFP Togo aims to support the Government in establishing an environment where every Togolese man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. To contribute to this vision, the Country Strategy Document for 2014-2018 has defined the three following interlinked pillars: (i) Strengthen the capacity of the Government of Togo to establish social safety-nets system to provide nutritious food to vulnerable people; (ii) Support the development of agriculture value chain and marketing; (iii) Building the capacity of local communities to implement sustainable food and nutrition safety net programme. WFP has been present in Togo since 1968.
Summary of WFP assistance:
WFP has been active in Togo since 1968 and resumed its activities in 2005 after a 10-year interruption. WFP implemented various operations in the most vulnerable regions of Togo to help improve the food security and nutritional status of the population. Through its operations in Togo, WFP has provided assistance to internally displaced people, refugees and vulnerable populations affected by flood emergencies and the high food price crisis. Additionally, in response to the Sahel crisis, WFP is actively involved in logistics and port operations in order to facilitate the transit of shipments to the affected countries in the Sahel region.
Within its social protection plans, the Government has prioritized school feeding as a means to retain children and encourage enrolment in pre-school and primary schools. WFP's expertise in the areas of school feeding, procurement (including local purchases) and logistics has been requested to assist the government in developing and leading a national school feeding programme relying on local purchases.
Through a school feeding project which started in May 2012, WFP focused its efforts on supporting the Government of Togo's capacity development for the future implementation of a sustainable school feeding programme. In collaboration with the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger based in Brazil, the country office has been working with the Government of Togo to establish an appropriate institutional framework to manage the school feeding programme.
In 2013-2014, WFP supported the national counterpart in conducting a survey on food security, nutrition and vulnerability of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and Tuberculosis to make updated data available. Based on the outcomes of the survey and through the UBRAF funding, WFP plans in the coming months to assist the Ministry of health to review the guide of nutrition assistance for PLHIV in Togo in order to take into account the “Food by prescription FbP’’ approach in this important national document. The review of that guide will be conducted in collaboration with UNAIDS and UNICEF.
The school feeding project contributed to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 1 and 2.