T-ICSP approved in August 2017.
Togo is classified as a Least Developed Country (LCD) and Low Income Food Deficit Country (LIFDC), and remains among the poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Over 50 percent of the population live below the poverty line (under USD 1, 25 per day). Poverty is strongly linked to under-nutrition, food insecurity at household level is prevalent across the country and is particularly high in the northern regions.
Within its social protection plans, the Government has prioritised school feeding as an important safety net and as a means to retain children and encourage enrolment in pre-school and primary schools. Access to education remains a challenge in Togo, especially for girls, with 7 percent of children without access to schools and 23 percent unable to complete the primary degree. Today, the national school feeding programme, Projet de Développement Communautaire (Community Development Project PDC) reaches 85,000 primary school children in 308 schools out of 6,380 schools nationwide.
The Transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (T-ICSP) will support the Government’s social protection strategy and will take important steps towards a strengthened national and local capacity by the Government and communities to set up and manage a sustainable national home-grown school meals programme.
The T-ICSP includes WFP assistance to Togo for the year 2018 through an updated development project portfolio. DEV200304 - Promotion of Sustainable School Feeding in Togo - will be extended to 31 December 2018. It will implement the action plan developed in the Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) exercise conducted in June 2016. This includes the creation of a national school meals policy, institutional and human capital development at central and local levels, and strengthened linkages between local production, agriculture and school canteens.
This will allow for the finalisation of the Zero Hunger Review and the subsequent preparation of a fully-informed Country Strategic Plan (CSP).
The intervention seeks to achieve the following Strategic Outcome: National institutions have strengthened capacity to manage food security and nutrition policies and programmes by 2023. It will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 17 and is aligned with WFP Strategic Result 1: Everyone has access to food (SDG Target 2.1).
The success of the intervention lies in a coordinated approach, whereby WFP will work closely with the Government and will strengthen existing partnerships with the United Nations agencies, international institutions and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to build a successful integrated school feeding programme.