WFP Country Profile Sao Tome and Principe, March – June 2021 – Sao Tome and Principe
USD 0.8 million over six months (July-December 2021) net financing needs
• In March, WFP participated in a national television discussion with key partners, namely the non-governmental organization (NGO) HELPO, the National School Feeding and Health Program (PNASE) and the Ministry of Health. agriculture, fisheries and rural development (MAPDR) on school feeding based on traditional local products. During the two-hour talk, the speakers were able to convey to the public the importance of food security and nutrition, as well as the advantages of investing in a diet based on local products. It was an activity reminiscent of March 1, the date on which the 6th anniversary of African School Food Day was celebrated.
• To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, WFP supported the writing of a report highlighting women leaders who have empowered and created opportunities for other women through their daily work. Four women were in the spotlight, including a parliamentarian, an agribusiness worker, a school canteen employee and a farmer.
• In May, WFP received a substantial contribution to finance school feeding activities in the country, which had been suspended between late February (early March in other schools) and 17 March due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation will help ensure that children most at risk of food insecurity and malnutrition receive the food they need during this difficult time. From July to September, during the holiday period, take-home rations and hygiene kits will be provided to 5,000 vulnerable children targeted by the Government and the Autonomous Region of Principe.
• WFP participated in the launching ceremony of the first territorial diagnosis on existing family farming systems in São Tomé and Príncipe, to then propose public policies to support these farmers. The virtual opening ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Francisco Ramos, assisted by WFP. National and international officials from the Ministry of Agriculture were also present. Emphasis will be placed on developing recommendations for improving the São Tomé National School Feeding and Health Program (PNASE), indicating which types of family farmers are best suited to provide food to school canteens.
• On June 16, WFP supported the Ministry of Education and the National School Feeding Program (PNASE) to organize a recreational activity with children, to celebrate the International Day of the African Child, in accordance with COVID-19 prevention measures. WFP reinforced its commitment to support PNASE during this event and was commended for the work carried out in the PNASE school gardens.
• In accordance with one of the recommendations of the Zero Hunger strategic review carried out in the country in 2018,
WFP supported a cost-benefit analysis of PNASE, which was carried out in partnership with WFP’s Center of Excellence in Brazil. In June, WFP held a ceremony to disseminate the finalized report. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Education, representatives of the Ministries of Finance, Health, Agriculture, Embassies, United Nations agencies and other partners.