T-ICSP approved in July 2017.
Current economic growth has allowed Cambodia to attain lower-middle-income country (LMIC) status; annual growth continues to be projected at seven percent while poverty reduced to 13.5 percent. However, human capital development and economic sustainability lag behind, thus delaying the graduation from the UN’s least developed country (LDC) rating. Gender inequality persists in Cambodia with the Gender Inequality Index (GII) ranking 112 out of 160 countries in 2015.
Despite economic progress, 14 percent of households continue to consume less than the minimum dietary energy requirement, while 11.6 percent have inadequate dietary diversity. Among children, 32.4 percent are stunted and 9.6 percent at wasted; micronutrient deficiencies affect large portions of women and children.
WFP Cambodia’s Transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (TICSP) 2018 consists of components of the Country Programme (CP) 200202 and complementary activities funded through trust-funds and allocations from global and regional grants. The CP, which was initiated in July 2011, was extended by Executive Board approval in February 2016 until the end of 2018.
The TICSP aims to contribute to the Government’s vision that “all Cambodians have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food, at all times, to meet their dietary needs and food preferences and optimise its utilisation for a healthy and productive life”.
The TICSP seeks to achieve the following strategic outcomes:
- Children in poor and least resilient areas have reliable access to adequate and appropriate nutritious food throughout the year;
- Poor and vulnerable communes benefit from food systems that are more resilient and responsive to seasonal and long-term shocks and stresses;
- National institutions are strengthened for effective, coordinated and harmonised action towards ending all forms of malnutrition by 2030;
- National and local governance institutions and social protection systems are strengthened towards improved services delivery.
The TICSP will contribute to the achievement of the Government’s National Strategy for Food Security and Nutrition and the National Strategic Development Plan, both covering the period 2014-2018, sectoral strategies and plans of action, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2016-2018), and the Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 17. It is aligned with WFP’s strategic results 1, 4 and 5.
The TICSP bridges the year 2018 during which time WFP will work closely with the Government to elaborate new strategies for the period 2019-2023 as well as a longer term agenda 2030. While a new UNDAF will be articulated during this same period, WFP will also work with the EXCOM agencies UNDP, UNFPA, and UNICEF, as well as with Rome based agencies FAO and IFAD to align respective country portfolios. WFP Cambodia aims to present a full CSP at WFP’s Executive Board in November 2018.