UN Swaziland - Resident Agencies \| United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
|Country Office||Sub Office|
|First Floor, Lilunga House
P O Box 3748
Tel: (+268) 404 4962/3
Fax: (+268) 404 7880
Nokuphila Shopping Complex
Tel: (+268) 344 1677
Fax: (+268) 344 1668
Saving lives with food assistance
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food assistance arm of the United Nations System. WFP is mandated to provide food assistance to save lives in refugee and emergency situations, to improve the nutrition and quality of life of the most vulnerable people at critical times in their lives, and to help build assets and promote self-reliance of poor people and communities.
WFP has been providing support to vulnerable, food-insecure people in Swaziland since 2002. In response to the severe drought of southern Africa, WFP implemented emergency operations in an effort to help alleviate the impact of HIV/AIDS, drought and poverty amongst the Swazi nation. At the end of the emergency operation, WFP began implementing relief and recovery operations, with the current one being country-specific (PRRO 106020: 2008-2012). The PRRO aims to improve food security, livelihoods and productive capacity of the most vulnerable households impacted by HIV/AIDS, poverty and natural disasters. In addition, various projects help to build the Government’s capacity to manage food assistance interventions.
Under the PRRO, WFP provides food assistance to orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) in neighbourhood care points (NCPs); school meals to pupils in public primary schools; and household food support to caregivers in NCPs as well as poor households affected by seasonal food shortages. Implementation of the PRRO comes to an end in December 2012.
In January 2012, WFP began implementing a Development Project for Food by Prescription (DP 200353:2012-2014), which aims to improve the nutrition of malnourished clients on anti-retroviral therapy, tuberculosis and prevention of mother-to-child transmission treatment. The programme began as a pilot project last year, and is currently implemented in 11 hospitals and health facilities countrywide.
An Emergency Operation (EMOP 200391) is also being implemented this year in response to the financial crisis that Swaziland is undergoing. The EMOP focuses on strengthening the Government/National Disaster Management Agency’s capacity in emergency preparedness and contingency planning.
With effect from July 2012, WFP will implement a new Development Project for OVC in NCPs, and students in secondary schools and informal vocational schools in Swaziland (DP 200420:2012). The project is funded by the National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS, which is the Principal Recipient of the Global Funds to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) in Swaziland. The six-month project precedes a two-year one, which will provide longer-term sustainability to the programme and enable the development of strategies to ensure proper handover to the Government.
WFP activities are mainly concentrated in the traditionally food-insecure areas of the Lowveld and Lubombo Plateau.
WFP’s response is determined by food security and vulnerability assessments such as the joint FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission and the annual national vulnerability and Community and Household Surveillance assessments conducted by the Swazi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (SVAC).