The Executive Secretariat of the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Relief (SINAPRED), Nicaragua’s Civil Defense, with support from the World Food Programme (WFP), organized a Risk Management Course to better instruct 94 technicians from the government municipalities of Madriz, Esteli, Nueva Segovia and Boaco, Rio San Juan, and the Caribbean Coast.
The objective of the course is to educate technicians about possible risks and raise awareness about the importance of having updated information, in the various territories, to respond quickly and efficiently in case of an emergency.
This course is developed around theoretical and practical sessions, field work, workshops and weekly meetings for a period of two months, and will conclude in August.
“The subjects are very useful for our work in the municipalities. I am taking advantage of them and will then share the information with my community and put it in practice when necessary,” says Zoraida Hurtado from the Municipality of Teusepe in Boaco, an area that is regularly affected by flooding and landslides .
To carry out these trainings, WFP provided financial and technical assistance to SINAPRED, this was possible due to contributions from the governments of Spain and Australia. Emergency Food Security Assessments (EFSA) and Emergency Storage and Product Handling sessions were given by WFP’s Programme and Logistics teams.
"This is an expression of WFP’s commitment to contribute to the capacity development of institutions responsible for emergency responses in the country and to analyze the information and identify the nutritional status and food security of populations in emergency zones" said Helmut W. Rauch, WFP Representative to Nicaragua.