This Operation has been modified as per Budget Revision 4 (see below).
Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa’s economic driving force, is emerging from five years of political, military and economic crisis.
The impact on social services, economic growth and agriculture, as well as on poverty and food-security indicators, has been severe. The poverty rate rose from 10 percent in 1985 to 45 percent in 2005, while in 2007 the country was 166th out of 177 countries in the Sustainable Human Development Index.
The support of WFP and other actors throughout the country over the course of the crisis has slowed the drop in school enrolment rates, which fell from 60.5 percent in 2000 to 55 percent in 2006.
Now, after a period of transition, the country as a whole – and the education sector in particular – is entering a phase of development, especially in the south.
Following a formulation mission in March 2008, WFP proposes to implement a school-feeding project broadly aimed at supporting the Government’s strategy of making school feeding fully sustainable.
The specific objectives are to:
- contribute to raising enrolment rates in WFP-assisted schools;
- stabilize attendance rates in those schools; and
- strengthen the Government’s capacity to manage school feeding programmes.
The formulation and implementation of a national school-feeding strategy aimed at turning the vision of school feeding for every school into reality will be the priority of WFP’s assistance over the five years of the project.