WFP assists the Government of Nicaragua to strengthen its National Development Programme by supporting health, education and agricultural activities in food insecure households. WFP assistance is implemented through a Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) and the Country Programme (2008 - 2012), which support food-insecure municipalities located in the central-north and in the RAAN.
PRRO supports vulnerable and malnourished groups at risk and affected by recurrent natural disasters. Pregnant and lactating women and children under three are improving their nutritional status through Supplementary Feeding and families are building more sustainable livelihoods through food-for-assets and food–for-training activities (FFA/FFT).
Through its Country Programme, WFP provides food assistance to children from 7-36 months and pregnant and lactating women through Mother and Child Health; assists pre and primary school children with hot nutritious meals through the School Meal Programme and enhances livelihood activities through asset creation by supporting poor rural families participating in food-for-assets and food-for-training activities.
Regional Micronutrients and Nutrition Initiatives allowed WFP to provide capacity building and technical assistance to the Government. This initiative promotes workshops on health, breastfeeding, nutrition, gender and hygiene.
WFP in coordination with the Government and other partners are supporting Purchase for Progress (P4P) activities reaching 2,315 smallholders’ through 11 farmer organizations. P4P's activities aims to increase crop yields, improve product quality and increase smallholder farmers' revenue and income. Long-term sustainability will be achieved by strengthening the capacities of farmer organizations and smallholders’ to access larger markets and by improving the quality of crops through improved agricultural techniques.