WFP Tunisia Country Brief, October 2020

Situation Report
Originally published


In October 2020

On 9 October, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to fight hunger globally, including its work during the coronavirus pandemic. In Tunisia, the office received congratulations from all members of the government as well as from its partners. During the SARS-COV19 crisis, WFP facilitated the transport of more than 85 tons of medical equipment in support of the Ministry of Health. This year, WFP has strengthened its support to the government, notably in terms of emergency preparedness and response, innovation and nutrition.

Operational Updates

• The second distribution of cash transfers in Siliana has been finalized in October; the third distribution started at the end of the month. 97% of the 523 planned households, including 23 women headed households, have been reached with immediate cash transfer through Western Union to compensate the loss of free school meals due to schools’ closure during the lock down. With the information gathered through the feedback mechanism that has been put in place in August, WFP and its partners have ensured that all intended beneficiaries are reached. This operation is financed by IFAD through its PROFITS project with the Ministry of Agriculture and supported by the UN COVID-19 Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF).

• WFP in Tunisia launched the pilot phase of the Last Mile Ecosystem. This project is an innovation of the nutrition team of the WFP office in Cairo, a state-of-the-art digital solution that connects smallholder farmers to school canteens through a network of private carriers. In Tunisia this project will help ensure greater dietary diversity for school children by guaranteeing them access to hot meals prepared with fresh, quality products. The initiative is being tested in the Tunisian central school kitchen in the district of Nadhour, in the province of Zaghouan, which supplies seven additional schools with nutritious baskets. They serve up to 1,500 children every day. Hailed as a "revolutionary innovation", the World Food Program received $100,000 from USAID to develop the project with the goal of achieving "zero hunger" by 2030. The Last Mile Ecosystem is the winning project of the 28th WFP Innovation Accelerator Bootcamp.

• On the side-lines of this year's World Food Day on 16 October, WFP in Tunisia organized a webinar entitled "Food Innovation Day: innovation as a solution to food challenges", national and international speakers involved in the agri-food sector , in agricultural innovation and higher education exchanged on current and future innovative agri-food projects. A hackathon was organized the same day at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées et de la Technologie (INSAT) with INSAT students, to promote and support innovation initiatives designed for vulnerable communities, as a solution to food challenges.

• On 5 and 6 October, WFP organized – in partnership with the Ministry of Health – a workshop on the establishment of a sustainable partnership framework between the two entities. The discussions led to the definition of a concrete action plan that puts the nutrition and health of schoolchildren at the heart of the framework.