T-ICSP approved in July 2017.
Economic and social reforms have contributed significantly to the accomplishments of Morocco in eradicating extreme poverty and eliminating hunger, reducing the percentage of people living in situations of extreme poverty and food poverty to almost zero. Access to food is generally guaranteed in Morocco, however, the country still faces challenges related to malnutrition, long-term food security and sustainable agriculture.
The Capacity Development and Support for the School Meals Programme project (DEV 200494) was launched in July 2013, following the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between WFP and the Government of Morocco. The project’s fifth budget revision allowed for a Government-requested extension of the project for 12 months, from 1 January to 31 December 2017. Budget revision six will further extend the programme until the end of the transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (transitional-ICSP).
The Morocco transitional-ICSP will contribute to the Strategic Outcome “National institutions in Morocco are enabled to implement effective and efficient school meals and social protection programmes by 2018”. To this end, WFP will support the Moroccan government in enhancing its National School Meals Programme, as a vital component of the Vision 2030 education sector reform and the National Nutrition Strategy 2011-2019.
WFP will support its main government partner, the Ministry of National Education and Professional Training, and will work with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, in strengthening regulatory frameworks and tools in the areas of school meals and social protection. The Ministry of National Education and Professional Training will pilot the implementation of innovative school meals modalities based on WFP’s recommendations.
The project is aligned with the first pillar of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2017-2021, to support the education sector. An enhanced National School Meals Programme can contribute to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, SDG 2 and SDG 17. WFP’s foreseen activities under the transitional-ICSP contribute in particular to SDG target 17.9.
WFP will work with the Government of Morocco to coordinate on the scope and timing of the Country Strategic Review, in line with national priorities. WFP will engage with the Rome-based agencies, the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, to join efforts during the Country Strategic Review, leveraging on the agencies’ expertise and resources in-country.