WFP Activities

According to WFP's country strategy, food assistance is provided with the aim of improving food and nutrition security among food insecure households in Rwanda so that people are well nourished, able to develop to their full potential, and live in resilient communities which are sustainably maintained by effective institutions at all levels. In line with its strategic shift from 'implementer' to 'enabler', WFP provides technical expertise to strengthen capacity in food and nutrition security.
The PRRO aims to meet the food and nutrition needs of registered refugees in camps and Rwandan returnees. Registered refugees in camps receive monthly food rations to meet 100 percent of their needs as they have very limited access to other food sources.
Rwandan returnees are supported with a food assistance package to cater for their needs for the first three months following their return. The most vulnerable receive additional food rations under targeted safety-net programmes: school meals; supplementary feeding for children between 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating women; and nutrition support for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) on anti-retroviral treatment. This project contributes to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6.
Through the Common Country Programme, WFP focuses on enhancing government capacity to design and manage nationally owned hunger solutions and on modelling innovations in food assistance programming. WFP supports the government's efforts to link smallholder farmers with markets, implements direct food assistance to fight chronic malnutrition and increase the resilience of vulnerable communities, and builds national capacity in vulnerability analysis and disaster risk reduction. This project contributes to MDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8.
WFP focuses on ensuring gender equality in the distribution and management of food and cash. Women participate and take up leadership positions in refugee camp food management committees and in smallholder farmer cooperatives.

WFP Offices
Threats to food security
  • High population density
  • Deforestation
  • Soil erosion
  • Low agricultural productivity