WFP Togo Country Brief, November 2020

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

252,500 people targeted as part of the Limited Emergency Operation (LEO)

1,935 mt planned to be distributed as part of the LEO.

US$ 6 m six months (December 2020-May 2021) net funding requirements, representing 105% of total

Operational Updates

COVID-19 response

  • Results from the recently completed November 2020 Cadre Harmonisé food and nutrition security analysis highlights that 102,350 people are currently food insecure in Togo (October-December 2020), an increase of 31 percent compared to the same time last year (October-December 2019). Meanwhile, the analysis in June 2020 had estimated that during the lean season and due to COVID-19, 1.3 million (22 percent of the population) were borderline food insecure, while 281,501 (5 percent of the population) were food insecure and required immediate food assistance.

  • This month, WFP’s Executive Board approved a one-year Interim Country Strategic Plan (ICSP), with hopes of transitioning to a full-fledged Country Strategic Plan (CSP) in 2022. WFP will continue to assist people impacted by COVID-19 through its ICSP in 2021.

  • As part of the Limited Emergency Operation (LEO), WFP plans to assist 252,500 people (50,500 households) with general food distributions and prevention of moderate acute malnutrition. WFP in Togo has identified two cooperating partners to ensure distributions to those who need it most. Five regions (Central, Kara, Maritimes,
    Plateau, and Savanes) who are highly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, with rising contamination rates, will be prioritized.

  • COVID-19-related global and national restrictions have affected the performance of supply chain in Togo and resulted in a decrease in the level of supply, demand and availability of transporters. WFP will be providing ondemand logistics support services to the Government and humanitarian actors.

  • WFP Togo has procured 1,935 metric tons of food in direct support of beneficiaries who will be receiving food under the LEO in December 2020. The food to complement the basket was purchased locally, regionally, and from the Global Commodity Management Framework (GCMF).

  • This month, the Lomé Corridor dispatched 7,603 metric tons of food to support the COVID-19 response and the regional WFP Level 3 (L3) Emergency in the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali).

Support to the national school feeding programme

  • WFP is providing technical assistance to the national school feeding programme through school gardens and mapping exercises of smallholder farmers’ organizations, to link them their food production with schools nationally. The programme is in direct support of 90,000 school children supported in 304 schools under the Government-led programme. WFP plans to continue providing technical assistance through training on project and school canteen management, hygiene and nutrition, water and sanitation, and menu composition of food.

  • WFP and the Government of Togo identified more than 2,800 smallholder farmers’ organizations to potentially service the national school feeding programme, with at least three legalized smallholder farmers’ organizations near each public primary school in Togo (i.e. within 15 kilometres radius), and who could make available between 3,200 – 4,300 metric tons of food for the next five years (2021 to 2025).

  • WFP is working to identify five school garden models, out of 10 pilot primary community schools in four regions. This initiative is officially developed in partnership with the Agency for Community Development (ANADEB) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and will serve as a basis for the home-grown school feeding model in-country.

  • The local authorities of Lomé’s Golfe 3 Municipality and WFP are negotiating the launch of a pilot project for an urban development school feeding model. WFP will ensure technical support both in the design and implementation phases, as well as in the monitoring and evaluation process.