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WFP Guinea-Bissau Country Brief, September 2018

Publication date

In Numbers

  • 2.8 mt of food assistance distributed

  • US$ 0 cash-based transfers made

  • US$ 0.2 m six months (October 2018 - March 2019) net funding requirements, representing 2% of total

  • 466 people assisted in September 2018

Operational Updates

• In September, WFP received a contribution of 2.314 mt of rice from the United States Department of Agriculture’s McGovern-Dole Food for Education

Programme to support school meals in Guinea-Bissau. The port operation was successfully

completed in collaboration with port authorities and Ministry of Education staff. Further McGovern-Dole contributions of rice, vegetable oil and beans are expected in October.

• In end September, UNICEF and the National Directorate of Water Resources provided a training to WFP staff on tools and methodologies to collect data on water quality. This will enable WFP staff to monitor water quality at WFP-assisted schools through regular collection of water samples using these tools and methodologies. Schools will also receive guidance on good practices for improved water quality and food hygiene.

• In partnership with the Ministry of Education, WFP provided refresher trainings on school meals management and good practices for 101 school inspectors and school meal focal points from Gabú,
Bafatá, Oio and Cacheu regions. The training contributed to improvements in implementation of the school meals programme, including more timely and accurate reporting.

• WFP supported the mid-term review of the United Nations Guinea-Bissau Partnership Framework (UNPAF) through participation in the UNPAF workshop, outcome groups, field visits, and meetings with the UNPAF consultant. The mid-term review helps United Nations agencies in Guinea-Bissau to improve their coordination and adjust to identified challenges and needs for the next UNPAF phase.