1) Honduras: School Feeding Day
School Feeding Day is a national holiday in Honduras celebrated on the fourth Friday of every July. This holiday celebrates is the most successful social program in Honduras, the school feeding programme, which has benefits more than 1.4 million students. The holiday emphasises the importance of school meals and expands the reach of the program. Festivities include parades, soccer games, and school plays, attracting people of all ages to celebrate the importance of good nutrition and health.
2) Nicaragua: The Breast Feeding Festival
Diarrhea and pneumonia are the two main causes of infant mortality worldwide. Both sicknesses are preventable through breastfeeding. WFP, together with The Ministry of Health (MoH), organises a Breast Feeding Fair every August, which is the Breastfeeding Month in Nicaragua. During this fair, health units of the MoH provide orientation and education to pregnant women and those who are nursing their children.
3) Bolivia: Soy And HIV Aids
Sixty-five percent of people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Bolivia receiving antiretroviral treatment are also plagued by food insecurity. In 2010, WFP started a project to distribute food baskets each month to approximately 650 people with HIV. Where does soy come into play? Soy was one of the food products included in the basket. Although soy has always been harvested in the country, it has never been part of the Bolivian diet. Incorporating soy as a source of protein helps HIV patients, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, reach a healthy weight and strengthen their immune system. Furthermore, this project also benefits the local economy where soy production occurs.
4) Ecuador: Electronic Transfer And Tracking System
In the same manner that modern digital technology has changed the world, using electronic transfer and tracking systems has revolutionised WFP’s cash and vouchers programme in Ecuador. Using WFP electronic cards, project participants can purchase nutritious, high-quality products at partner sales points. These cards can be remotely charged, eliminating the need for monthly distributions. This system allows WFP to monitor the types of food purchased in order to understand changes in dietary habits.
5) Dominican Republic: Micronutrient Powder
In the Dominican Republic, WFP works with local governments to successfully deliver micronutrient powder to 400,000 children between six and 59 months old, educate more than 2,100 health professionals and 1,324 community leaders, and reduce the prevalence of anemia by 50 percent in target provinces. The success of these interventions is a great example of how simple things such as communication and cooperation between institutions and beneficiaries can bring about big changes.
6) Guatemala: Enhancing Natural Resources Management
(Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime)
(If you can’t beat it, adapt to it)
In many places in the world, the basic subsistence of smallholder farmers is afflicted by droughts and recurrent shocks. Back in 1991, the Guatemalan government and WFP began to help families adapt to changes in nature. Working through the food for assets modality, WFP provided the food while the government provided the technical assistance to help communities initiate water and soil conservation activities. By the time the project was completed and the initiative was left in the hands of the community, food production had increased by 300 percent. Currently, these communities are considered resilient: they have withstood major climatic events and improved their overall standard of living.
7) Panama: National Bio Fortification Project
There’s a common belief that malnutrition and hunger are the same, yet in reality they are not. Many people are malnourished, not because they are hungry but because their diet lacks nutrients. Biofortification is a strategy that uses conventional improvement techniques to cultivate crops of higher nutritional value. It can combat food insecurity and nutritional deficiencies without altering consumption habits. Studies have found that biofortified foods do not taste any different from the conventional varieties, further proving the initiative’s potential. In Panama, sustainable local production, consumption, and marketing of biofortified crops are currently being promoted in rural areas by the Agricultural Investigation Institute with technical support provide by the WFP.