WFP activities reach close to one million food-insecure people per year in rural Cambodia. The overall goal of WFP's assistance in Cambodia is to improve food security and nutrition for the hungry poor by building longer-term social capital and physical assets, but also by building models and strengthening capacities that promote the development of sustainable national food security systems.
Under the Country Programme 2011-2016, resources are allocated to interventions in Education, Nutrition and Productive Assets/Livelihoods Support. Provision of time-critical food security information through Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) is also a key activity.
WFP’s main interventions can be summarized as follows:
Education - includes the provision of on-site daily hot nutritious breakfasts to primary school children in the most food-insecure areas and the provision of monthly food or cash scholarships (take-home rations) to children from the most vulnerable/poorest families.
Nutrition - includes food assistance to pregnant and lactating women and children ages 6-23 months, addressing their nutritional needs during the ‘1000 days window of opportunity’ through the provision of highly nutritious fortified blended foods, education on best practices in nutrition, as well as creating links to government health services; and supporting the government and NGOs in providing nutritional assistance to People Living with HIV and Aids (PLHIV) and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs).
Productive Assets and Livelihoods Support - includes Food for Assets activities, a programme that supports the sustainable creation of community assets and at the same time provides off-season income-generation during the annual lean season.
These activities all contribute to the pursuit of the Cambodia Millennium Development Goals (CMDGs) 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7.
WFP co-facilitates the Government-Development Partner joint "Technical Working Group on Food Security and Nutrition", is an active member of the "Interim Working Group on Social Protection" and chairs the "United Nations Disaster Management Team" in Cambodia.