Country Strategic Plan approved at EB June 2017
Lebanon has made significant progress with economic, social and human development in the past decade despite facing both internal and external shocks. The country has shown exceptional resilience and solidarity, welcoming 1.5 million refugees. However, economic, social, demographic, political and security challenges have been compounded by the Syrian crisis.
Lebanese and refugee populations alike face challenges with food and nutrition insecurity. The 2016 Strategic Review of Food and Nutrition Security in Lebanon found that 49 percent of Lebanese people are worried about their ability to access enough food and 31 percent are unable to eat sufficient healthy and nutritious foods over the course of a year. Changes in dietary preferences have led to new challenges, including micronutrient deficiencies and rising obesity.
Donor contributions have allowed WFP to meet the food and nutrition needs of the most vulnerable refugees in Lebanon. Nevertheless, the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has had impacts on the country’s social and economic growth, deepening poverty and worsening the achievement of basic needs within host communities, and exacerbating pre-existing development constraints.
The WFP Country Strategic Plan (2018–2020) for Lebanon is aligned with the Government-endorsed Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (2017–2020), the United Nations Strategic Framework (2017–2020), the Ministry of Agriculture Strategy (2015–2019) and WFP’s Vision 2020. The plan focuses on four strategic outcomes to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis while continuing WFP’s strategic partnership with the Government to achieve Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 17:
- Strategic outcome 1: Food-insecure refugees – including school-age children – and crisis-affected host populations have access to life-saving, nutritious and affordable food throughout the year.
- Strategic outcome 2: Vulnerable women and men in targeted refugee and Lebanese communities sustainably improve their skills, capacities and livelihood opportunities by 2020.
- Strategic outcome 3: Vulnerable populations in Lebanon are enabled to meet their basic food needs all year long.
- Strategic outcome 4: National institutions and national and international humanitarian actors are supported in their efforts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their assistance.