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Guinea-Bissau country strategic plan (2023–2027)

Operation ID: GW03

CSP approved at EB November 2022 session

Revision 01 approved by the CD on 31.05.2023

Guinea-Bissau is a low-income country that faces significant development challenges despite economic opportunities in agriculture, fisheries, tourism and mining. Since independence from Portugal in 1974, the country has been ridden by political turmoil and institutional fragility. Political instability, overreliance on cashew nut production, and high vulnerability to climate change impacts and environmental degradation, which affect the availability of natural resources, translate into widespread food insecurity and a high prevalence of malnutrition, particularly among children, rural women, older people and people living with HIV, tuberculosis or disabilities.

In the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, the Government of Guinea-Bissau has instituted a new strategy for development, employment and industrial promotion for 2020–2024, known as “Hora Tchiga”, which prioritizes the development of human capital through investments in health, education and infrastructure. WFP assists the Government in that endeavour, providing technical and financial assistance to support crisis response, school feeding and nutrition activities, livelihood resilience for smallholder farmers, capacity strengthening for national institutions, and social protection.

Building on lessons learned from the first-generation country strategic plan for 2019–2024 and in alignment with national priorities, the plan for 2023–2027 is centred on four country strategic plan outcomes:

➢ Outcome 1: Crisis-affected populations in Guinea-Bissau are able to meet their basic food and nutrition requirements during and in the aftermath of shocks.

➢ Outcome 2: Children, vulnerable populations and people at risk of malnutrition in Guinea-Bissau have improved diets and access to basic services, including health, education and nutrition by 2027.

➢ Outcome 3: Rural communities in Guinea-Bissau, particularly women and young people, have increased resilience in the face of climate change and socioeconomic shocks and stressors by 2027.

➢ Outcome 4: The social protection system in Guinea-Bissau is strengthened by 2027.

Gender-sensitive approaches and the inclusion of people with disabilities will be pursued in all areas. Nutrition components and climate change adaptation will be mainstreamed into all interventions.

The country strategic plan is aligned with WFP strategic outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4, findings and recommendations from the 2019 national zero hunger strategic review, the Government’s new development strategy Hora Tchiga for 2020–2024, and the United Nations sustainable development cooperation framework for 2022–2026.