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WFP El Salvador Country Brief, October 2018

Countries
El Salvador
Sources
WFP
Publication date

In Numbers

60,000 people food insecure

210,000 people highly vulnerable at risk to food insecurity

USD 1.4 million net funding requirements for the next 6 months (Nov. 2018 – Apr. 2019)

12,000 people assisted in October

Operational Updates

• The Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) conducted in October revealed 12 thousand families of smallholder farmers are food insecure. Even though the food consumption for all surveyed families is stable, their diet is highly dependent on maize and beans, and on the high use of livelihoods coping strategies to sustain family income. Food reserves of maize reported to have an average duration of three months (December-January) and the local production of beans was severely affected by heavy rainfall in late October. If the local production of maize and beans is low at the end of year, the new scenario could bring 42 thousand families to food insecurity.

• In October, WFP prepared a workshop with government institutions to analyse EFSA results. In the event, representatives from the National Food Security Technical Committee (COTSAN) along with UNICEF and FAO concluded on the most relevant results of the evaluation. After the workshop, WFP prepared a factsheet and presented the results of the evaluation in several meetings with other government partners.

• October 22th, ambassadors and enterprises part of the national marketing concept “Marca País” jointed to WFP effort to promote Gastromotiva programme, which transforms socially vulnerable youth talents through free professional formation in the Food and Beverage sector. Marca País have many prominent national and international enterprises of Salvadorians in sectors such as gastronomy, science, art, culture, entrepreneurship, fashion, among others. This alliance opens new opportunities for scaling up the programme at national level.

• In this period, WFP stablished an important alliance with the University of El Salvador (UES). This agreement will join the technical capacity of WFP in and the academic knowledge of the university to strength the capacities of its students. WFP will make available internships, conferences in resilience, food security, nutrition and access to markets; and will also support researches and dissertations addressing solutions to food insecurity and other related topics.