WFP Country Brief in the Dominican Republic April 2022 – Dominican Republic

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In numbers

$1.4 million in cash assistance distributed*

Net financing requirements of USD 0.8 million over six months (May – October 2022), representing 89% of the total

44,042 people supported* in April 2022

Operational updates

  • The WFP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean visited the country and held fruitful meetings with key government partners such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Congress, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Presidency to discuss food systems, school meals programs and WFP support to the country.

  • The WFP Country Director and Regional Director hosted a high-level dialogue on disaster risk management organized as part of an initiative funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), to discuss identified directions for action in government and community preparedness and resilience.

  • Following national commitments made at the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, WFP and the Secretariat for Food Sovereignty, Security and Nutrition (SETESSAN, for its Spanish acronym) have formalized eight coalitions to the implementation of the national roadmap for equitable and resilient food. Systems.

  • WFP supported the National Institute for Student Welfare (INABIE, for its Spanish acronym) to train teachers and technicians in standard anthropometric measurements according to the Integrated School Food and Nutrition Surveillance System (SISVANE , for its Spanish acronym).

  • WFP, INABIE and the Ministry of Education participated in the IX Regional Forum on School Feeding held in Colombia, where INABIE presented new actions to ensure adequate and nutritious quality of meals school.

  • WFP participated in the Ministry of Health event “Healthy Route: Change Your Way of Life” in San Pedro de Macoris. WFP carried out different activities to promote varied diets and healthy lifestyles, such as nutritious food quizzes, healthy weight awareness and fortified rice tasting.

  • WFP continued to support the social protection system in anticipation of the hurricane season. Weekly workshops were organized to define the procedures for activating the new emergency voucher system. The main government institutions of the social protection system continue to participate in the process: Supérate, Registry of Social Beneficiaries (SIUBEN, for its Spanish acronym), Administrator of Social Subsidies (ADESS, for its Spanish acronym) and Social Policy Cabinet (GPS, for its Spanish acronym). Spanish acronym). The Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development participated in the workshops as coordinator. In addition, UNICEF, FAO, UNDP and the World Bank were part of the social protection working group coordinated by WFP.

  • WFP hosted a regional bureau support mission to establish a service delivery strategy to strengthen the government and humanitarian supply chain. This strategy could also support the humanitarian corridor, if activated.