In 2015 WFP began implementing the new Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO), reaching 660,000 conflict-affected people over a three year period, for a total cost of US$61 million.
WFP supports the Government’s peace building priority and is part of UN strategies, to meet the following objectives:
- Improve the food consumption and dietary diversity of Internally Displaced People (IDPs), returnees, and the most vulnerable victims and Colombians affected by the conflict.
- Rebuild the livelihoods of IDPs and returnees, with a focus on community resilience and the empowerment of women and ethnic groups.
WFP engages in relief activities with partners to ensure the immediate food needs of victims of the conflict are met. WFP is expanding its voucher transfer modality to meet urgent relief needs, through the distribution of electronic vouchers that can be redeemed in shops and supermarkets. This contributes to rebuilding local economies, improves nutritional status and gives people choices in their purchases.
In coordination with partners, WFP assists returnees, people in the process of resettlement/reintegration, Afro-Colombian and indigenous groups affected by conflict, and school children at risk of recruitment through recovery activities.
There is a strong commitment from WFP to integrate gender and protection in all its activities. This requires designing and conducting gender and protection assessments for all food assistance activities. Another WFP focus is on resilience building of marginalized communities, with priority given to indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities affected by conflict, marginalization and natural disasters.
WFP will promote small farmers, with an emphasis on women producers, by strengthening producer associations and value chains, thus helping to diversify livelihoods. WFP’s purchasing power promotez the production of nutritious foods by small-holder farmers, and linking this production to WFP activities and government programmes, for example school feeding.
WFP Complements Government Efforts
WFP in Colombia complements Government programmes and supports the development of efficient, sustainable and scalable food-assistance models. The Government is taking important steps toward broader, more inclusive and equitable socio-economic development, particularly in rural areas.
Upon request of Government entities, WFP helps strengthen capacities at national and local level, with the aim of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of social programmes. Complementing national priorities, WFP supports the objective of improving the food and nutrition security of the most vulnerable Colombians, within the framework of national social programmes actions.
WFP’s role in capacity development centers on coordination, facilitation and oversight. An important WFP contribution is the development and testing of different implementation arrangements to inform government decisions and to ensure the sustainability of social programmes. As part of testing new models WFP promotes food assistance tools such as conditioned food and voucher transfers and local purchases.