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WFP Guinea-Bissau Country Brief, June 2018

Publication date

In Numbers

303.2 mt of food assistance distributed

US$4.5 m six months (June-November 2018) net funding requirements, representing 23% of total

174,059 people assisted in June 2018

Operational Updates

• The 2018 Guinea-Bissau Country Office retreat was held from 4 to 7 June at the Centro Federação Camponesa KAFO – WFP’s partner in local food procurement and women’s empowerment – in Djalicunda, Oio region. The retreat focused on opportunities for personal and professional growth and fostering wellness to support staff development and integrated roadmap (IRM) implementation. Supported by HR consulting firm People for Success (P4S), the country office staff worked on self-awareness communication; managing stress, time and conflict; and teambuilding. On the last day of the retreat, all staff visited nearby health centres, schools, and communities benefiting from WFP support. They became more familiar with KAFO and discussed how WFP programming in school meals and nutrition can better support children and community members.

• Regional Director Mr. Abdou Dieng visited GuineaBissau from 10 to 13 June. He started the visit with the country office staff, discussing upcoming changes resulting from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), IRM, and United Nations reform, and listening to staff views. He met with the President of Guinea-Bissau and four Ministers, the President of the Central Bank, the President of the National Institute of Educational Development, members of the diplomatic corps, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), Zero Hunger Review (ZHR) technical team and the media to discuss mutual interests in improving nutrition, support for increasing school enrolment and quality of education, the generalisation of school meals and support for smallholder agricultural producers.
WFP support to local food purchases for the school meals progamme was especially appreciated by government partners. The Regional Director also travelled to Cacheu region to visit a school, an association of women farmers, and community members engaged in a participatory diagnostic workshop that will inform the baseline of the women’s empowerment project.

• WFP cooperating partner Tiniguena launched a participatory diagnostic in 40 communities that benefit from Government-funded and WFPmanaged home-grown school meals. The diagnostic will provide a baseline for WFP’s rural women’s empowerment project supported by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund. Under the project, women farmers will be trained to advocate for their rights, social services, and public policies that better meet their needs.

• Consultants directly contracted by Econometría started the data collection phase for the decentralized mid-term evaluation of the McGovern-Dole (MGD) funded school meals programme on 18 June. The consultants plan to cover 30 MGD-supported schools in 8 regions. They also expect to meet with government officials, other national partners, and United Nations agencies. Preliminary findings are expected in July.

• WFP continues to provide secretariat support for Guinea-Bissau’s Zero Hunger Review (ZHR). On 29 June, the draft zero hunger report was discussed at a national consultation attended by members of Government (both national and regional), Parliament and Children’s Parliament, and representatives from youth, women, faith-based organizations, civil society, the private sector, media, diplomatic corps and United Nations agencies. The consultation was opened by the Director General of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, joined by the United Nations Deputy SRSG and Resident Coordinator, and WFP Representative. The draft report is expected to be finalized in July.