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Cuba Transitional ICSP (January 2018-December 2019)

Operation ID: CU01

T-ICSP approved in July 2017.

Revision 02 approved by the EB in November 2018.

Revision 03 approved by the CD in April 2019.

The Cuban Government launched the 2030 National Plan for Economic and Social Development in April 2016. This document provides the guiding principles for updating Cuba’s economic and social model. Food security and nutrition objectives are emphasized. The specific goals and indicators, as well as implementation, monitoring, evaluation and accountability mechanisms, are currently being defined.

This transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan covers the period January-December 2018. It corresponds to the final implementation year of the ongoing country programme (CP 200703), which entails three interlinked strategic areas: i) support food security and nutrition-related social protection programmes, ii) strengthen links between social protection systems and agricultural value chains, and iii) strengthen community resilience and disaster risk management capacities at the local level. No significant operational changes are planned for the transitional period.

WFP’s work will be aligned with the strategic priorities outlined in the 2030 National Plan. It will focus on enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of national food-based social protection programmes for vulnerable groups, strengthening agricultural value chains, and promoting resilience, aiming at the following five strategic outcomes:

  • Strategic Outcome 1: Primary schoolchildren and elderly people assisted by state institutions in targeted municipalities have access to adequate food through strengthened social protection programmes all year long.
  • Strategic Outcome 2: Vulnerable people in shock-affected municipalities have stable access to basic food to meet their dietary requirements following a natural disaster.
  • Strategic Outcome 3: Nutritionally vulnerable people in targeted municipalities are able to meet nutritional requirements through strengthened social protection programmes all year long. 
  • Strategic Outcome 4: Smallholder farmers and agricultural value chain stakeholders in targeted municipalities have enhanced capacities to contribute to sustainable food production systems for stable and high-quality food supply to social protection programmes by 2018.
  • Strategic Outcome 5: Communities, technical institutions and local authorities in selected municipalities have strengthened disaster risk-management systems to reduce the impact of natural hazards on food security by 2018.

This transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan is also aligned with the WFP’s Strategic Plan (2017-2021), the  United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Cuba (2014-2019),  and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 17.

WFP will work in partnership with national and local authorities. Implementation and planning will be coordinated by a national project committee headed by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment and composed of the ministries of public health, agriculture, food industry, domestic trade, education, and transport, the Civil Defence, the National Association of Small Farmers and the Federation of Cuban Women. To promote ownership, local coordination will be entrusted to provincial and municipal governments. A gender and age analysis of the targeted population will inform programme implementation, to ensure that the needs, contribution and capacities of women, girls, boys and men are considered in all aspects of the transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan.   

WFP will also engage in consultations with government counterparts for the formulation of the coming Country Strategic Plan, with the objective to better position its support. The aim is to enhance collaboration with national institutions that play a key role in policy decision making, such as the Ministry of Economy and Planning, and the Commission for the Implementation and Development of the Socio-Economic Policy Guidelines.