In Rwanda, WFP provides food assistance through a Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO), Development Programme (DEV) and Food For New Village (FFNV) to improve the living conditions and nutritional status of food insecure households as well as upholding their human dignity.
The Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation aims at meeting food needs of 116,000 beneficiaries for the entire project life till 2014. In 2013, the PRRO targets to feed 89,000 beneficiaries including 67,000 refugees, 15,000 Rwandan refugees returning home and 7,000 school children from the community around refugee camps. The most vulnerable segments of the population in the refugee camps also receive additional rations under safety net interventions to increase their nutritional status. These groups include pregnant and lactating mothers, malnourished children and people living with HIV/AIDS on ART.
WFP provides food assistance to 84,000 primary schoolchildren in food-insecure districts of Nyamagabe and Nyaruguru in Southern Province through a hot midday meal consisting of beans, maize, vegetable oil and salt. WFP feeds three days per week while the community feeds two days per week. A key element is the technical capacity building of government counterparts in managing the programme.
WFP also purchases food commodities locally, part of it from small holder farmers and also build capacity to these farmers to produce more for more. WFP plans to purchase around 95,000 mt of food commodities from Rwanda in 2013 through Purchase for Progress (P4P) and Forward Purchase Facility (FPF), part of it will be purchased directly from the small holder farmers. This is in line with WFP’s objective to ensure sustainable food security in Rwanda.
Last year, WFP provided food assistance to 442,000 beneficiaries in Rwanda. In 2013, WFP is targeting to feed 175,000 beneficiaries through Protracted Relief and Recovery operation (PRRO), Food for New Village project and Development programme (DEV). WFP will also implement the Common Country Programme (CCP) together with UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNWOMEN. The new CCPD (starting July 2013) will focus on strengthening the capacity of the government of Rwanda in Food Security Analysis, Disaster Risk Reduction, P4P approach for government procurement, and home-grown school feeding. The CCPD will also pilot interventions to prevent chronic malnutrition and implement labour intensive asset creation works such as terracing. In addition to the Kigali country office, WFP Rwanda country office has a sub-office in Huye and a field office in Ngoma.
WFP is working to connect farmers in Rwanda to markets through the Purchase for Progress initiative. Learn more