Tunisia is located on the Mediterranean coast of central North Africa, bordered by Algeria and Libya. Much of its economy is based on tourism and agriculture, alongside some industries that include manufactured goods and mining. Sparked by grievances including high unemployment and inflation, a revolution took place in Tunisia in January 2011 that resulted in much change. The government resigned and the country saw widespread civil protest, with an influx of refugees from neighbouring Libya adding to the strain.
Since then, Tunisia’s political transition made considerable progress with the resolution of a political deadlock and the adoption of a new constitution. Legislative and presidential elections were held between October and December 2014, a successful milestone in the democratic transition. The new government is focusing on strengthening democracy while laying the groundwork for a stronger economic recovery. High unemployment and poor living conditions are among the most prominent issues faced by the country.
What the World Food Programme is doing in Tunisia
WFP is assisting the Government of Tunisia in improving the quality and sustainability of the country’s existing national school feeding programme, which provides nutritious meals to primary school children. WFP’ innovative approach has enabled local produce to be served in school canteens, which fosters local development and empowers women in rural agricultural communities, and fostered the creation of school gardens.