Backing of Cuba in Nutrition Strengthening is Top Priority for WFP

UN Agency Praises Cuba's Response to Hurricanes

Havana, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) The representative of the World Food Program (WFP) in Cuba, Laura Melo, said that the backing of Cuba in nutrition strengthening is one of the main lines of work in 2018 of this agency.

This year carries on the cooperation cycle started in 2015, which has had as strategic areas the support for social protection programs related to food security and nutrition, pinpointed the official in a meeting with the press.

She also mentioned in this regard the strengthening of the links among social protection systems and agricultural value chains, and of the resilience of communities, disaster risk management and adaptation capacities to climate change at the local level.

According to the representative of the WFP-agency that meets 55 years of work in Cuba in October – the work towards gender equity goes through these three axes.

Over the past few years, she added, WFP has accompanied the identification of equity gaps in agricultural value chains, especially beans, and contributed to the development and implementation of plans to deplete those gaps at the local level.

Melo pointed out that all these actions articulate with the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those related to the fight against hunger and gender equality, and the bases of the National Economic and Social Development Plan until 2030 defined by the Cuban government.

In 2017, WFP continued supporting government actions to strengthen food and nutrition security in the country, especially in the eastern provinces and Pinar del Río.

The aforementioned was reaffirmed – she commented – with the visit in last September to Cuba by WFP Executive Director David Beasly, in respect to priorities in both normal situations and disasters continue to be the most vulnerable population groups from the point of nutritional view.

The WFP representative highlighted among the actions in which that UN agency accompanied Cuba in 2017, assistance with food to 658,000 people in 22 municipalities after the scourge of Hurricane Irma.

In addition, 7,000 peasants were benefited with equipment and training to improve their roles in the bean value chain, while 20,000 of 20 municipalities in the east of the country benefited from information on the evolution of drought and strengthened their capacities on resilience.

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