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Togo Country Strategic Plan (2022-2026)

Operation ID: TG05

CSP approved at EB June 2022 session

Revision 01 approved by the CD in July 2023.

Togo has made progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, most notably with respect to access to primary education. Poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition have worsened in the last few years, however: most rural people are food-insecure and an estimated 500,000 people in the country will be food-insecure in 2022, with another 1,400,000 people at risk of food insecurity.

Food and nutrition insecurity in Togo is mostly linked to structural factors, including widespread poverty, low agricultural productivity, population growth, land and environmental degradation and gender inequality in access to resources. Limited access to nutritious food is exacerbated by a lack of reliable information on agricultural markets and cyclical climate shocks. The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and its contingency measures have added even more challenges for vulnerable populations.

These factors are compounded by the geographic expansion of the armed conflict in the Sahel region, which is increasingly affecting coastal countries. The increasing number of security incidents in northern Togo is likely to lead to further internal displacements and an influx of asylum seekers.

In response to these challenges, the Togolese Government developed the Feuille de route gouvernementale Togo 2025, a road map that serves as the primary framework for integrated, equitable and inclusive development programming. The road map’s three strategic axes define the prioritized drivers of growth and social welfare, including access to quality education, increased employment opportunities, support for smallholder farmers, transformation of Togo into a regional logistical hub and strengthening of emergency preparedness.

WFP will support the Government in reaching its objectives through investments in the sectors most relevant to Sustainable Development Goal 2. There will be a strong focus on ensuring access to basic food and nutrition for crisis-affected populations. In parallel, WFP will support community resilience, children’s health and education and smallholder farmer livelihoods through the addition of a homegrown component to the existing national school feeding programme.

To ensure both programme sustainability and continuity in the face of government financial and capacity constraints, the country strategic plan for 2022‒2026 combines direct implementation and strategic country capacity strengthening. Where government systems are already in place, activities under the country strategic plan will be aimed at strengthening them. WFP and its United Nations partners will continue to harmonize their work under the United Nations sustainable development cooperation framework for 2023–2026 currently being developed.

The country strategic plan positions WFP as an enabler of the Government through direct operational support, technical assistance and government system strengthening that contribute to a sustainable path towards increased resilience and food and nutrition security. WFP will play its role through the delivery of three strategic outcomes:

➢Strategic outcome 1 will focus on supporting access to basic food and nutrition for crisis-affected populations.

➢ Strategic outcome 2 will build on existing government systems to strengthen the livelihoods and resilience of smallholder farmers and children by adding a homegrown component to the national school feeding programme.

➢ Strategic outcome 3 will help ensure that government entities and humanitarian and development partners in Togo have access to efficient services and technical assistance over the term of the country strategic plan.