Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) continues to face a challenging socioeconomic situation, exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, global supply chain disruptions and food price increases.
Over the years, nutritious food and diversified diets have become increasingly expensive. Despite economic growth in 2022, a large number of families are unable to meet both their food and essential non-food needs. The increased frequency and intensity of climate-related disasters such as floods, drought and landslides, among others, destroy infrastructure and damage food systems, posing a major challenge to productivity, yields and livelihoods in agriculture and business. Within this context, access to food remains the main barrier to food security and one of the main concerns for families throughout the country.
In April 2021, the Government and WFP signed a memorandum of understanding, allowing WFP to establish a presence in the country and provide support.
Activities under WFP’s strategic plan include school meals and food assistance for vulnerable populations, climate risk management, resilience building, and strengthening of food systems infrastructure and logistical capacity. People with disabilities and indigenous populations continue to be a focus.
The goal is to reach one million people with food assistance by the end of 2023.
What the World Food Programme is doing in Venezuela
WFP’s school meals programme started in Venezuela in 2021, and includes take-home food baskets. The main recipients are children and school personnel, including people with disabilities who attend special education schools. Hot meals began in April 2023 in three municipalities in Falcon and will be rolled out across other schools that WFP is supporting. Nutrition education and community-engagement activities are integrated with the school meals programme.
WFP is working with partners and school staff to strengthen their capacities to ensure that the school meals programme is implemented safely, respecting hygiene measures and humanitarian principles. WFP provides training on these topics to school staff and field partners. Some of these activities are conducted in partnership with the National Institute of Nutrition.
Emergency preparedness and response
WFP helps to mitigate the impact of climate emergencies that affect food security, by providing emergency-response training to national institutions and strengthening contingency plans at local level. In emergencies, WFP also provides direct food assistance to people, as well as logistical and coordination support to partners.
WFP is leading the Logistics Cluster and co-leading the Food Security Cluster, together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. WFP provides humanitarian partners with access to common services to ensure an effective response during times of crisis, avoid duplication and maximize coordination among partners.
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Operations in Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
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