The objective is to strengthen the food-related social protection safety nets for the vulnerable population (in particular meals distributed at schools and at support groups for the elders) by fostering their links with the agriculture system - mostly beans production and processing. In addition, the four-year programme will support national and local authorities to shift to more sustainable and targeted social protection systems to reinforce the resilience of the communities. It will also continue to work to increase the country’s preparedness against natural disasters.
Over 900,000 Cubans, including pregnant and lactating women, children under five years, farmers and adults over 65, will be benefit from this program. With a budget of over $ 16.8 million for four years, the program will focus on the five eastern provinces as well as Pinar del Rio and Matanzas.
Gender equality will be a cross-cutting theme for the duration of the programme by taking into account the different opportunities and challenges facing women and men, and the different needs of girls, boys, young people and the elderly as essential players in development processes.
The Country Programme is the first of its kind after 5 decades of WFP operations in Cuba. It repositions the scope of WFP’s work in Cuba to respond to the current priorities of the country and is based on close collaboration with the Government at national and local levels to promote food and nutritional security of vulnerable groups in the country.
The World Food Programme has been active in Cuba since 1963, when the first emergency operation was launched to assist the people affected by hurricane Flora. Throughout the following decades, WFP’s support to Cuba has been two-fold: strengthening food security and nutrition, as well as enhancing disaster management capacities.