10 Facts About WFP’s Fight Against Hunger in Nicaragua

A timeline of the top ten WFP operations in Nicaragua.

1972: WFP begins operating in Nicaragua – the same year a catastrophic earthquake destroyed Managua, the nation’s capital.

1990s: WFP’s school meals programme is established in the country, meaning that children in poorer, harder to reach areas of the country have access to nutritious food.

1998: WFP provides food to 500,000 people in Nicaragua following Hurricane Mitch.

2002: A drop in international coffee prices causes spikes in unemployment rates and loss of income for thousands of agricultural workers. Additionally an increase in child malnutrition becomes prevalent. WFP develops immediate interventions to reduce the impact on vulnerable populations.

2005: WFP implements an emergency response to assist indigenous Miskito families living on the Rio Coco, who were plagued by rats that destroyed 97 per cent of their subsistence crops.

2006: WFP spearheads initiatives to place the issue of child malnutrition on the national agenda, promoting public policies to reduce child malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.

2007: Hurricane Felix, a category 5 storm, hits Nicaragua. WFP launches an air operation supported by the Nicaragua and United States air force to deliver food to the families who were isolated by floods.

2007-2009: The global economic crisis increases prices of staple foods. WFP assists families who are no longer able to access food.

2008-2010: Nicaragua launches the “Hacia la Erradicación de la Desnutrición Crónica Infantil” (Towards the Eradication of Chronic Child Malnutrition) plan and the National Micronutrient Plan with technical support from WFP, FAO and OPS.

2013: With technical assistance from WFP, the Pan American Health Organisation and Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama, The Nicaragua Ministry of Health draw up the first nutritional guide to educate the public on food and best dietary practices.