CSP approved at EB.1/2018
Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 is a priority for the Government of Honduras. Despite progress in reducing hunger, access to nutritious food is hampered by climate shocks and poverty, especially in rural areas. The prevalence of stunting remains high, at an average of 23 percent nationally and reaching 40 percent in the most deprived regions.
Honduras has one of the most unequal distributions of income and resources in the world and high levels of poverty, violence and migration. The frequency of extreme climate events has increased in the past four years, affecting the food security and livelihoods of small farmers, rural women and indigenous groups in the southern and western regions of the country known as the Dry Corridor. The Government is seeking WFP’s support in optimizing national social protection systems, strengthening government capacities at the central and decentralized levels, building resilience to the effects of climate change and improving food and nutrition security among vulnerable populations.
The country strategic plan (2018–2021) outlines WFP’s support to the Government and partners in achieving five strategic outcomes:
- Strategic outcome 1: Preschool- and primary-school-aged children across the country have access to safe and nutritious food year round by 2021 (Strategic Development Goal target 2.1).
- Strategic outcome 2: The most nutritionally vulnerable groups in targeted areas have reduced levels of stunting and micronutrient deficiencies by 2021 (Strategic Development Goal target 2.2).
- Strategic outcome 3: Rural agricultural labourers and smallholder farmers in targeted areas, especially in indigenous communities, are more resilient to shocks and stressors, contributing to their food and nutrition security throughout the year (Strategic Development Goal target 2.3).
- Strategic outcome 4: Targeted households affected by rapid- and slow-onset disasters have access to food year round (Strategic Development Goal target 2.1).
- Strategic outcome 5: Government authorities and partner organizations at the national and subnational levels, complemented by strategic alliances, have strengthened capacity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly goal 2, by 2021 (Strategic Development Goal target 17.9)
The country strategic plan proposes a significant strategic shift in WFP’s support to the Government for attaining zero hunger by 2030. It is aligned with the Country Vision (2010–2038), the Nation Plan (2010–2022), the Government Strategic Plan (2014–2018), the National Food Security and Nutrition Strategic Plan (2010–2022) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2017–2021). Reinforcing the WFP Strategic Plan (2017–2021), and linked to Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 17, the country strategic plan is designed to support a comprehensive social protection and resilience strategy with an emphasis on partnerships and capacity strengthening.
The country strategic plan is informed by the recent Government-led national strategic review of necessary actions for attaining Strategic Development Goal 2, which was supported by WFP. The review provides a detailed understanding of the food security and nutrition situation, outlining three types of hunger: chronic, seasonal and hidden. It takes stock of existing programmes and identifies major gaps in and opportunities for addressing hunger. It also provides recommendations for improving national strategies for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 by 2030 in the areas of social protection and resilience, humanitarian assistance in emergencies and national capacity strengthening, taking into account existing policies and alliances.