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Guinea Bissau Transitional ICSP (January 2018 - June 2019)

Countries: Guinea-Bissau | Operations ID: GW01 | Operations type: Transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (T-ICSP)

T-ICSP approved in August 2017.

Guinea-Bissau is a low-income country with 70 percent of its population living below the poverty line. Chronic food insecurity is compounded by political instability, irregular rainfall, and volatility of prices for imported rice and cashew nuts produced for export.

In alignment with the Integrated Road Map goal to assist governments to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030, WFP will support Guinea-Bissau to complete a strategic review identifying food security and nutrition challenges and solutions. The review will help define strategic outcomes for WFP’s forthcoming Country Strategic Plan that will be developed through a consultative process engaging Government, civil society, community-based and faith-based organizations, children, adolescents and families, development partners, United Nations organizations, and other stakeholders.

This transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan provides a bridge between the current Country Programme 200846 and the Country Strategic Plan anticipated to start in July 2019. It aligns with Guinea-Bissau's 2015-2020 Strategic and Operational Plan (hereafter referred to as Terra Ranka) that is the Government's national blueprint. The human development pillar of Terra Ranka and the proposed programme of the current Government supports basic needs by establishing a social safety net and developing the skills, productivity, and employability of the population. Its biodiversity pillar calls for protection of natural capital and creation of healthy ecosystems for sustainable development of high-value renewable resources.

The transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan proposes four strategic outcomes:

  1. school age children in Guinea-Bissau have adequate access to safe and nutritious food all year-round.
  2. children and malnourished ART clients in Guinea-Bissau have malnutrition indicators in line with national goals by 2025;
  3. smallholder farmers (particularly women) have enhanced livelihoods to better support food security and nutrition needs throughout the year; and
  4. national institutions have enhanced capacity to efficiently plan and implement programmes in the areas of food security and nutrition and disaster mitigation by 2025.