In Bolivia, it only takes $0.15 for WFP to provide two meals a day to a school child. With $0.25 WFP provides complementary feeding to a pregnant and lactating woman for one day and less than $3 WFP helps a family to face the negative effects of climate change. Yet, according to the 2015FAO-WFP State of Food Insecurity (SOFI), the level of undernourishment in Bolivia (15.9%) is the highest in South America.
In 2013, WFP Bolivia started a new Country Programme (CP) aimed at strengthening national and local capacities to break the inter-generational cycle of hunger, with a focus on three main pillars:
1. Productive school meals;
2. Nutritional support to pregnant and lactating women (PLW);
3. Livelihoods support and disaster risks reduction (Food for Assets & Cash and Vouchers Programmes).
In early 2015, funding constraints have forced WFP Bolivia to reduce school meals rations and the coverage of its interventions. With available funds, WFP is currently reaching only 75% of the 40,000 school children, 61% of the 4,000 PLW and 68% of the 30,000 planned beneficiaries of the livelihood component.
If WFP doesn’t receive the $ 2.5 million it needs to run the CP in 2016, it will have to close down the entire CP. This means:
• 40,000 children will not benefit from the WFP school meals, with serious consequences on their psychological and physical development;
• WFP will be forced to stop distributing supplementary feeding to 4,000 PLW. This will cause the deterioration of women’s nutritional status with a negative impact on babies’ early development;
• 30,000 people in rural communities won’t receive the assistance required to strengthen their resilience to natural disasters;
• 25 WFP national staff will lose their job;
• Closing down the La Paz Country Office and three sub–offices;
• WFP phasing – out of Bolivia after 50 years of continuous presence.
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Marina Garcia Real
WFP Bolivia Deputy Country Director