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WFP Côte d'Ivoire Country Brief, January 2020

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In Numbers

1,171 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 0 cash-based transfers made

US$ 3.9 m six months (February 2020 – July 2020) net funding requirements

120,101 people assisted in January 2020

Operational Updates

• In January, nutritious hot school meals were provided to 119,952 schoolchildren. Meanwhile, take-home rice rations were distributed to 15,000 targeted girls in fifth and sixth grades to retain and encourage girls to complete the primary education cycle.

• Following an assessment mission in June 2019 targeting WFP-supported women’s smallholder farmers, to determine their needs in literacy support, WFP launched a literacy pilot project in partnership with UNESCO and the Directorate of Literacy and Nonformal Education (DAENF) of the Ministry of Education. The objective of the project was to strengthen functional literacy skills of 300 women’s smallholder farmers in northern Côte d’Ivoire. The official launch ceremony of the project and activities was organized on 21 January in Korhogo, gathering local authorities and United Nations (UN) agencies. Learning kits were distributed to targeted women representatives during the launch, including literacy manuals, pens, blackboards, notebooks, calculators and smartphones. The region of Poro in the North was selected for this pilot phase as it is not only one of the poorest, food insecure and malnourished, but it also records the lowest literacy levels.

• As part of the literacy pilot project in northern Côte d’Ivoire, WFP facilitated the training of 23 trainers from the ten localities targeted by the project. Literacy techniques were taught, including on digital literacy, which is expected to enable women to continue self-learning at home.

• The rainy season harvest of the targeted ten smallholder farmer groups under the Small Agricultural Market Support (SAMS) programme in northern Côte d’Ivoire ended in January. Overall, 143 mt of produce were harvested, including 86 mt of food crops and 56 mt of vegetables (of which 10 mt was intended for school canteens). In addition, inputs were distributed, while preparatory activities for the off-season campaign are ongoing among different farmer groups part of the programme. The first harvest season of the 13 newly targeted farmer groups in the North is expected to start in March 2020.

• In collaboration with UNHCR and the Direction d'Aide et d'Assistance aux Réfugiés et Apatrides (DAARA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, WFP supported the voluntary repatriation of 149 Ivorian returnees (81 women and 68 men) coming from Guinea and Liberia. The returnees received in-kind food assistance for the initial three-month period, to cover their immediate needs.

• The 2019 phase of the food assistance for assets programme (FFA), supporting asset creation and reintegration of returnees and vulnerable host populations, ended in December 2019. However,monitoring of assets created, including traditional poultry farms, and crop improvement is still ongoing. The modern poultry farming activities took off successfully, contributing to improved incomes and food security among targeted beneficiaries.
Following the training on aquaculture farming practices, the beneficiaries of Gontepleu village had a successful harvest, with 100 kg of fish caught. A part was donated to the local school canteen, to diversify and enrich school children’s daily meals, while another part was sold to reinvest in the project.

• WFP supported the organization of an appropriation seminar on 30 and 31 January of the national strategy for women empowerment in Côte d’Ivoire. Led by the State Secretariat in charge of Women empowerment (Secrétariat d’État Chargé de l’Autonomisation des Femmes or SECAF), participants defined together the vision and activities of the strategy, in line with the Government’s priorities, in view to develop a working plan for the implementation of the strategy . The strategy aims to promote equal opportunities, equity and full participation of women in decision making in Cote d’Ivoire.

• On 29 and 30 January, WFP Côte d’Ivoire, and the Directorate of School Canteens (DCS) of the Ministry of Education of Côte d’Ivoire participated in the workshop dedicated to the development of a national school feeding model in Benin. Invited by the Regional Centre of Excellence against Hunger and Malnutrition (CERFAM) and WFP Benin, it was an opportunity for WFP and DCS to share the Ivorian home-grown school feeding model and experience with the respective counterparts of the Government of Benin.