This country programme has been modified as per Budget revision 45(see below).
A budget revision to the Honduras country programme (CP 105380) is proposed to cover the needs of an additional 183,203 beneficiaries in 2011 in the southwestern region compared to planned 2010 figures. This increase is made possible by additional contributions from the host Government, the Government of Canada and the private sector.
Honduras is a low-income food-deficit country of 7.5 million inhabitants, of whom 3.3 million are children under 15; 50 percent of the population live in rural areas. The third poorest country in Latin America, Honduras ranks 116th of 177 countries in the Human Development Index. Extreme poverty affects 47 percent of the total population, and 75 percent of the rural population.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that 1.5 million Hondurans face hunger. Chronic malnutrition affects 25 percent of children under 5; the stunting rate is 27.3 percent overall, but it is 34 percent in rural areas, three times the rate in towns. In early 2005, communities covered by the country programme had stunting rates of 45–50 percent. In 2005, the number of HIV-infected people increased to 80,000.
This country programme was prepared in conformity with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework, the Poverty Reduction Strategy and Millennium Development Goals 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. Its main aims are to reduce food insecurity and malnutrition and to increase human development by improving the health, nutrition and education levels of children and other vulnerable groups.
The country programme will focus on the most food-insecure areas, mainly western and southern regions, identified by vulnerability analysis and mapping.
The main expected outcomes are increased school enrolment and attendance, reduced chronic malnutrition among children under 5, reduced anaemia among women of reproductive age and children under 5, improved nutrition and health of people living with HIV and AIDS, and enhanced government capacity to implement food-based programmes.
The new country programme will continue to rely on partnerships with United Nations agencies, local institutions and non-governmental organizations; it will form part of a government programme jointly managed with WFP assisting 1.3 million schoolchildren, children under 5, pregnant and lactating women, and people living with HIV.
WFP’s regular development resources under the programme will support annually 110,000 of the most food-insecure beneficiaries; the rest will be funded mainly by the Government, which is committed to continued funding of school feeding for 1.2 million children and is considering a second safety-net programme aimed at eradicating chronic malnutrition in children under 5.
WFP’s capacity-development work with the Government on food-based programmes will be the basis of the eventual handover of WFP programmes. The capacity of the Government to assume responsibility for programme activities will be assessed towards the end of the current programme and taken into consideration in the handover.
The requested budget for the programme for 2008–2011 is US$7.4 million to assist 110,000 beneficiaries annually, of which US$1.5 million will be met locally through resource mobilization by the country office; such resources will complement regular development funding.