CSP approved at the EB June 2018 session.
The Plurinational State of Bolivia has made significant progress in terms of economic, social and human development over the past decade. It nevertheless remains the second poorest country in South America and faces a number of food- and nutrition-related challenges, including high chronic malnutrition in rural areas, increasing rates of overweight and obesity, especially among women, and alarming levels of child anaemia. In addition, there are pockets of extreme vulnerability among indigenous groups and recurring and intensifying natural disasters due to climate change.
This country strategic plan will address many of the gaps that the country faces in reaching Strategic Development Goal 2. It focuses on four strategic outcomes to support the Government:
- Strategic outcome 1: Communities affected by shocks are able to meet their basic food and nutrition requirements in times of crisis.
- Strategic outcome 2: Vulnerable groups at risk of malnutrition in all its forms have improved nutritional status by 2022.
- Strategic outcome 3: Smallholders have improved food security and nutrition through improved productivity and incomes by 2022.
- Strategic outcome 4: National and subnational institutions have strengthened capacity to manage food security policies and programmes by 2022.
Given the Plurinational State of Bolivia’s middle-income country status, WFP will shift its focus away from direct food assistance towards providing indirect assistance through capacity strengthening, technical support, advocacy and communications, playing much more of a facilitator role in support of the Government. The National Food and Nutrition Council and the Vice Ministry of Civil Defence will be the primary recipients of WFP technical assistance, with a focus on nutrition, disaster preparedness and resilience building, among other things.
WFP will draw on its strengths and experience in the country to support the Government in achieving the strategic outcomes and ultimately to ensure a society free of hunger and malnutrition. The following stakeholders will play a key role in contributing to the outcomes and activities of this country strategic plan: the Ministry of Development Planning, the National Food and Nutrition Council, the Ministry of Rural Development and Land, the Ministry of Health, the Vice Ministry of Civil Defence, United Nations agencies (particularly the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Fund for Agricultural Development), international and local non-governmental organizations and civil society.