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WFP Pacific Country Brief - February 2022


Operational Updates

Food Security and Livelihoods

• On 17 February, WFP as the co-lead of the regional Pacific Food Security Cluster (rPFSC) participated in the regional Food System Summit follow-up session on Convener Connection. WFP also held a rPFSC meeting on the day with members, donors and governments on response activities in Tonga, urging participants to provide information on planned or ongoing activities including implementing partners.

• A joint WFP-FAO-IFAD-UNICEF report on the impacts of COVID-19 titled, “Reinforcing Pacific Food Systems for COVID-19 recovery – key impacts, responses and opportunities to build back better” has been released and is now published online here.

• WFP signed an agreement with the University of South Pacific to conduct market assessments in Fiji and Samoa. This will be implemented in coordination with the Ministries of Agriculture in Fiji and Samoa and inform decision-making on responses to climate shocks and disasters in each country.

• WFP through its mobile Vulnerability and Analysis Mapping (mVAM) unit began its monitoring of the food security situation for 2022 with a training for data collectors in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.
The training is part of the RAM strategy to improve data quality. Data collection for the first quarter is expected to be completed by the end of March 2022.

• WFP provided support for the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) on a critical and innovative initiative in Fiji to analyse and update food prices monitoring in local markets for February. Additionally, the MoA online data library has been officially launched.

• WFP together with ILO is preparing a joint post disaster assessment for Tonga, to be conducted end of March.
This will provide information on impact of the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai disaster on food security, livelihoods, jobs and skills of affected population.

• WFP as secretariat of the Fiji Cash Working Group has received latest draft of the Advocacy note on key messages and evidence on the use of cash-based transfers in Fiji. The document has been reviewed and is now ready for formatting/publishing.

• WFP initiated discussions with the Department of Social Welfare for the Climate Risk Insurance Project about the handover of beneficiary insurance certificates including a launch event and the development of communications materials.

• WFP is reviewing the request for technical capacity support to Fiji’s Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation for two of its Social Protection Programs food vouchers for rural pregnant mothers and the Bus Fare Assistance program.