The overall goal of WFP's assistance in Cambodia is to improve the food security and nutrition situation of the hungry poor by building longer-term social capital and physical assets and by strengthening capacities that promote the development of sustainable national food security systems.
WFP Cambodia co-facilitates the Government-Development Partners' joint "Technical Working Group on Social Protection, Food Security and Nutrition" and the Humanitarian Response Forum; chairs the "United Nations Disaster Management Team"; and is an active member of the "Interim Working Group on Social Protection".
Working closely with the Royal Government of Cambodia, WFP reaches over one million food-insecure people annually in the rural areas through its 2011-2016 Country Programme which includes providing food-based safety nets in the sectors of education, nutrition and livelihoods:
Education – Feeding Minds, Changing Lives
Providing daily meals in school gives less fortunate parents a strong incentive to send their children to school and keep them there. Nutritious school meals also enable children to focus on their studies instead of their hungry stomachs.
Every year, the WFP School Meals Programme brings daily nutritious breakfast to approximately half a million primary school children from grades one to six in 12 provinces. Moreover, the WFP Scholarships Programme provides food or cash entitlements to the poorest families with children in grades four to six, as long as their children attend school regularly.
Nutrition – The Right Food At The Right Time
Lack of proper nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a child's life leads to irreversible impairments in physical and mental development. WFP Cambodia raises awareness on hygiene and basic health and nutrition practices, stressing the importance of breast-feeding and good complementary foods for pregnant, nursing mothers and young children. WFP also seeks to inform national policy by supporting operational research.
At present, WFP Cambodia is working with partners to develop a locally-produced fortified nutritious food supplement to provide a more accessible source of supplementary food that prevents stunting among children.
Productive Assets and Livelihoods Support (PALS) – Building Resilient Communities
WFP's Food-for-Assets/Cash-for-Assets projects, known as the PALS programme, supports food-insecure families by providing them with opportunities to create or rebuild communal assets in exchange for food or cash entitlements.
For more details about WFP's programmes in Cambodia, click here.