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Students in Bolivia are Waiting to Hear from You
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Providing nutritious meals in school is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways we can make a difference in the life of a child. Kids of the Huarimarca School in Bolivia receive a WFP meal every day at school - and they're waiting to hear from you. Ask them a question and we will send you their answers. And if you feel you want to make a next step, consider investing in their future by donating to support WFP school meals programmes in Bolivia.


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At the Huarimarca School in Bolivia. (Copyright: WFP/Ximena Loza)





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With a per capita National Gross Income (NGI) of 980 dollars, Nicaragua is the second poorest nation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Recurring natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, drought, swells, and volcanic eruptions) have also destroyed the country’s economic base and caused great human loss.

The incidence of poverty is highest among rural populations, where 46 percent live in poverty and 15.1 percent live in extreme poverty. The median income of the poor covers only 24 percent of the cost of the basic food basket.

A nutritional evaluation done by the WFP, together with the government, determined that one out of three children in the WFP areas of intervention suffers from chronic undernutrition; in regions affected by the coffee crisis, chronic undernutrition affects over 40 percent of children under five.

WFP Activities

WFP is working to connect farmers in Nicaragua to markets through the Purchase for Progress initiative. Learn more

WFP activities are concentrated in the 42 municipalities identified by the Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) unit as being the most vulnerable to food insecurity. Operations are underway in the departments of Nueva Segovia, Madriz, Estelí, Jinotega, Matagalpa and the Autonomous Region of the North Atlantic (acronym RAAN in Spanish).

The Country Programme (2008-2012) aims to improve the nutritional state of women and children; alleviate hunger in the short run, and increase registration and attendance at pre-schools and schools; and enable poor rural homes to invest in development activities to reduce their vulnerability to recurring natural disasters and thus reduce migration to urban areas.

The Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) aims to assist some 132.000 people. Its goals are to provide food assistance to vulnerable families affected by hunger and poverty.

An emergency operation was implemented to assist 80.000 persons who were affected by Hurricane Felix which devastated RAAN in September 2007

Threats to Food Security: 
  • Natural disasters
  • Poverty
  • Low infrastructures
  • Low education levels
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High temperatures on the Pacific coast reduce to a cooler climate on the Highlands, that becomes tropical on the Atlantic coast.
Three distinct geographical regions: the Pacific Lowlands, the North-Central Mountains or highlands and the Atlantic Lowlands.
Food production: 
Corn, jocote, mango, papaya, tamarindo, pipian, banana, avocado, yuca, and bananas, coffee, sugar, cattle,
Annual harvest: 
Not available
Agricultural production (% of GDP): 
17.1 % (year 2007)
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Children under weight for age (% of children under 5): 
Population undernourished (% of total pop.): 
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infant mortality rate per 1000 live birth - 2005 UNDP : 
Crisis Active: 
No Crisis