Food Assistance for Vulnerable Groups Exposed to Recurrent Shocks
This operation has been modified as per Budget Revision 5 (see below)
This protracted relief and recovery operation will assist the Government of Haiti in meeting the urgent needs of shock-affected populations and will support sustained recovery by addressing the destructive cycle of vulnerability and food insecurity.
The overall objective is to support the Government’s programme for populations affected by natural disasters, economic shocks and civil strife. The operation will address Millennium Development Goals 1, 2 and 3, and focuses on Strategic Objectives 1, 3 and 4 of the WFP Strategic Plan (2008–2011). It will also scale up measures under Strategic Objectives 2 and 5, through enhanced partnerships and capacity development with local institutions and communities.
The PRRO has the following objectives: i) Save lives and reduce acute undernutrition among disaster victims (Strategic Objective 1); ii) Strengthen community capacity to reduce risks and adapt to climate variability (Strategic Objective 2); iii) Increase access to food and restore assets affected by shocks (Strategic Objective 3); iv) Stabilize children’s participation in education (Strategic Objective 3); v) Improve the nutrition status of targeted women and children (Strategic Objective 4); and vi) Build consensus among stake-holders on programme design and partnership opportunities, including community initiatives (Strategic Objective 5).
In 2008, civil unrest, high food prices, three hurricanes and one tropical storm depleted household incomes and ravaged infrastructure. Vulnerability continues to be extremely high, and nearly one third of Haitians – 1.9 million people – are food-insecure. The Government of Haiti and the United Nations are committed to boosting employment, improving food security, increasing access to basic social services, and supporting environmental rehabilitation.
The operation is based on the recommendations of a WFP formulation mission in March-April 2009. It will support the Government’s Recovery Plan, Poverty Reduction Strategy and Post-Disaster Needs Assessment, and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.
WFP will develop government capacities to enable a progressive hand-over. Capacity development will focus on disaster preparedness, emergency food security assessment, food security analysis, programme design and community-based planning, coordination of food security interventions, and monitoring and evaluation. Periodic reviews involving the Government and partners will refine the strategy and timeline for handing over or phasing down.