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Guinea-Bissau Country Strategic Plan (2019 - 2024)

Countries: Guinea-Bissau | Operations ID: GW02 | Operations type: Country Strategic Plan (CSP)

CSP approved at EB.A/2019

The Republic of Guinea-Bissau is a low-income food-deficit country that faces significant development challenges despite economic opportunities in agriculture, fisheries, tourism and mining. Since independence in 1973, the country has struggled to secure stable governance and leadership. Political instability complicates food security and nutrition nationwide, particularly for children, rural women, elderly people and people living with HIV, tuberculosis or disabilities. Food security is exacerbated by the consequences of climate change such as flooding, erratic rainfall and rainstorms.

The Government of Guinea-Bissau has established a strategic and operational plan for 2015–2025, Terra Ranka that emphasizes the development of human capital through better education, health services and social protection. WFP is a trusted partner, providing technical and financial assistance to support government efforts in nutrition, school meals, food security and nutrition monitoring, emergency preparedness and crisis response.

Building on experience and partnerships, the 2019–2024 country strategic plan includes five strategic outcomes. Gender-transformative approaches and the inclusion of people with disabilities will be pursued in all areas. Under strategic outcome 1, a joint contingency plan will be established for Government-coordinated immediate emergency response, based on lessons learned from previous shocks.

Under strategic outcome 2, WFP-supported home-grown school meals will expand, and government capacities will be strengthened in preparation for transition to a Government-managed national programme. This outcome will complement strategic outcome 4, which will support women and young farmers by strengthening their capacity to supply food to schools, thus facilitating their access to new markets (schools), increased income and training opportunities.

WFP will continue to support the Government and its partners in the implementation of the national nutrition policy under strategic outcome 3, focusing on social and behaviour change communication to prevent stunting, the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition, and nutrition assistance to people living with HIV and their households. WFP will provide capacity-strengthening support to national institutions for the effective and equitable formulation and implementation of social safety nets, food security and nutrition programmes, and emergency preparedness and response mechanisms under strategic outcome 5.

This country strategic plan is aligned with WFP Strategic Results 1, 2, 3 and 5; findings and recommendations of the national zero hunger strategic review; Terra Ranka; and the United Nations partnership assistance framework for Guinea-Bissau for 2016–2024.