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WFP Haiti Country Brief, January 2019

Publication date

In Numbers

475 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 16,285 cash based transfers made

USD 85.12 m total requirements

276,822 people assisted In January 2019

Operational Updates

School Meals

  • With regards to literacy activities, the field monitoring staff worked with principals, teachers, and tutors to familiarise them with the programme and train them on the Map Li Net Ale methodology among 16 schools.

  • Regarding Wash and Health activities, the partners continue to undertake deworming activities and improve the capacities through trainings and manuals of school principals on food preparation, food storage and hygiene practices at school level to effectively manage the School Feeding Programme.

  • From 21 to 25 January, within the framework of the nutrition project in Grand'Anse, cash distributions were organized among ten distribution sites of the department. A total of 1,642 people received a cash-based transfer. In parallel to this activity, WFP’s cooperating partner, AVSI, (Association of Volunteers in International Service) conducted nutrition awareness sessions with 2,454 people (11% men and 89% women).

Social Protection

  • With technical assistance from WFP, the National Social Protection and Promotion Policy Drafting Committee led by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MAST) has been (re)launched in December 2018 and now organises weekly meetings. A policy draft is expected for submission to national and regional consultations by Q3 2019 and the final policy document is expected to be ready by the end of the year 2019.

  • In January, a workshop was held in Port Au Prince on "Boosting Rural Economic Opportunity in Haiti: Savings Groups,Resilience, Social Cohesion and Financial Inclusion in Rural Areas”. It was an opportunity for the Kore Lavi consortium (Care, WFP and Action Against Hunger) to exchange current issues with other organizations and donors such as access to finance and economic opportunities in rural areas.

Food Assistance for Assets

  • In the framework of the resilience programme, WFP’s cooperating partner Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT) finalized the beneficiary targeting for the first group of participants in the Artibonite department.

  • In January, WFP finalized disaster risk reduction activities in the South department for a first group of 4,574 participants. The activities included rehabilitation of existing communal canals.

  • In the North department, the rehabilitation of 13 schools is in progress. In line with the Haitian Civil Protection Agency (DPC), WFP prioritised these schools to be used as shelters or first line service providers in the event of a disaster.