WFP Country Profile Sao Tome and Principe, November 2021 – Sao Tome and Principe

In numbers

Net financing requirement of USD 1.9 million over six months (November 2021 – April 2022).

50,000 people assisted in November 2021

Operational updates

• In November, WFP assisted 50,000 school-aged children and their families. While the school feeding program will resume in January 2022, WFP and PNASE (National School Feeding and Health Program) have decided to distribute take-home rations, as part of emergency food aid, to mitigate the social and economic effects of COVID-19. This assistance therefore includes children enrolled in the local school feeding program, kindergarten children and their families.

• In November, a contribution of $ 1 million from the Common Fund for the SDGs was confirmed and will be received in 2022. The fund will be distributed among four United Nations agencies, which will be the implementing partners of the project: WFP, UN-HABITAT,
UNFPA and ILO. WFP, in collaboration with the three United Nations agencies, will implement a project aimed at promoting local food value chains and equitable employment opportunities through a sustainable agribusiness industry in the country. The pilot will be implemented in a community reflecting the broader issues presented for the small-scale agricultural sector:
Uba Budo. The project will last 24 months, from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023.

• On November 9, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development (MAPDR) presented the 2021 Agricultural Production Survey, a study prepared in collaboration with the National Institute of Statistics (INE) and financed by WFP and the African Development Bank (AfDB). With the territorial diagnosis launched on World Food Day 2021 and with the support of the registration system of farmers in São Tomé and Príncipe, they are useful tools to develop better agricultural policies and provide data to inform a adequate planning of government actions.

• On November 22, the Minister of Education and Higher Education, PNASE and partners validated a WFP assessment of national capacities and the framework for a sustainable local school feeding program in the country. Methodology developed by the World Bank in close collaboration with WFP and the Partnership for Children and Development (PCD), the SABER – SF study (Systematic Approach to Better Education Outcomes – School Feeding) aims to produce data and information on the education sector. Fieldwork for this exercise took place throughout November and was based on extensive consultation with PNASE stakeholders – through interviews and visits to schools in all districts.

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