Guinea-Bissau Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Guinea-Bissau announced on 24th March the results of a nationwide Food Security Assessment, showing relative improvement in some areas but continuing high levels of vulnerability in many others, especially in Quinara and Bolama.

The overall aim of the survey was to identify the most affected areas in rural Guinea-Bissau, to outline the profile of the households most vulnerable to food insecurity – defined as the lack of access to enough nutritious food for an active, healthy life -- and determine the main causes of their vulnerability.

Overall, around 20 percent of households were found to be food insecure. The survey established evidence of some improvements in the regions of Bafata and Gabu, where the situation is now better than the country-wide average.  However, there is a prevalence of high levels of food insecurity in the north and the south of the country, where the combined rates for severe and moderate food insecurity range from 22 percent of the households in the Cacheu region to 25 percent in Oio, 30 percent in Bolama and 47 percent in Quinara.

The WFP survey on food security in Guinea Bissau was conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Integration, through its National Institute of Statistics (INE), and with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, through its Bureau of Agricultural Statistics. Donors and civil society partners also were actively involved.