Cambodia, WFP Reach a Deal on Country Strategic Plan 2019-2023
AKP Phnom Penh, March 28, 2019 —
The “Country Strategic Plan 2019-2023” agreement was signed here this morning between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and World Food Programme (WFP).
H.E. Luy David, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Mrs. Francesca Erdelmann, Country Director of WFP for Cambodia, were the signatories.
According to WFP, Cambodia has achieved sustained economic growth over the past two decades, attaining lower middle-income country status in 2016. Despite substantial progress, socio-economic and gender inequalities persist, hampering access to nutritious diet. Food security and nutrition face challenges caused by shocks, a rapidly changing food environment and inefficiencies in the food system.
The Country Strategic Plan 2019-2023 is based on the Government’s 2017 mid-term and strategic review of the National Strategy for Food Security and Nutrition 2014-2018 and the priorities articulated for the National Strategic Development Plan 2014-2018 and the National Social Protection Policy Framework 2016-2025.
The country strategic plan is aligned with the United Nations development assistance framework for 2019-2023. It contributes to Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 17 and to WFP Strategic Results 1, 4, 5 and 8 through five strategic outcomes:
– Vulnerable communities in Cambodia have access to nutritious, safe, diverse, convenient, affordable and preferred foods by 2025.
– Poor and vulnerable communities in Cambodia are more resilient to shocks and stresses in the food system by 2023.
– National and subnational institutions have strengthened capacities to mitigate risks and lead coordinated shock preparedness and response efforts by 2025.
– National and subnational institutions in Cambodia have strengthened capacities to develop, coordinate and implement well-informed, effective and equitable actions for achieving food security and nutrition targets by 2030.
– Development and humanitarian partners in Cambodia have access to common supply chain services throughout the year.
Under this agreement, WFP will continue its shift from activity implementation to strengthening national capacities and building scalable programme models. It will focus on working with the Government to enhance the latter’s capacity in social service provision and to strengthen subnational food systems and capacities to reduce the risks posed by shocks. It will also use innovative technologies and analytical tools to enhance information flows and facilitate decision making and seek to promote inclusion, equity and equality, considering dynamics associated with gender, age and disability, across all its activities.
WFP will work in close collaboration with the Government, other United Nations agencies, civil society and non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and the private sector to achieve these outcomes.
By Khan Sophirom