WFP Togo Country Brief, February 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 28 Feb 2017

Highlights

  • The fifth budget revision has been approved to extend the Development project (DEV 200304) for 15 months (from 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2018).

  • Funds are needed to pursue capacity development activities in the school meals programme including trainings for members of school canteens committees.

  • Seven districts of the Savannah and Kara regions may experience food shortages in the coming months due to the low level of food production recorded in those areas during the 2016-2017 agricultural year.

WFP Assistance

Capacity development forms the cornerstone of the project's objectives, which focuses on contributing to sustainable solutions for a nationally-owned school meals programme through: (i) increased institutional and human capital development at central and local levels related to policy and management of the school meals programme; and (ii) strengthened linkages between local agricultural production and school meals, by providing technical assistance to the Government and partners.

School meals is considered a safety net which can help alleviate extreme poverty and severe food insecurity in poor populations in rural and remote areas. School meals help increase school children enrolment and attendance rates, contributing to overall improvement in school performance.

In this context, the Government of Togo has requested WFP's expertise in the areas of school meals, procurement (including local purchase), and logistics to assist the Government in developing and leading a national school meals programme relying on local food purchases. WFP's support focuses on the five standards of the System Approach for Better Education Results (SABER). These standards include a policy framework, institutional capacity and coordination, financial capacity, design and implementation capacity, and community participation.

The school meals project contributes to WFP Strategic Objective 4 "Reduce undernutrition and break the intergenerational cycle of hunger". The project is also aligned with the Government's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) 2013-2017 through Strategic axis 3, "Human resources, social protection and employment development" and with Strategic priority 2 (equitable and sustainable access by the poor to quality basic social services) of the 2014-2018 United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

Throughout the implementation of the capacity development activities and consultations with government authorities and officials at central, community as well as local levels, WFP continuously advocates for gender equality.

Operational updates

  • The Country office participated in a workshop organised by CILSS (the Permanent InterState Committee For Drought Control in Sahel) to analyse the country food security over the next six months through the “Harmonized framework” tool.

The results revealed by the “Harmonized framework” has shown that seven districts located in the Northern regions of Togo may face food insecurity from end of May 2017 until September 2017. However, food shortages can be covered by the food production surplus recorded in the Southern region of Togo.