WFP validates 2019-2021 country strategies plan

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Following the National Zero Hunger Strategies Review, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Gambia office recently validated its 3-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for the period 2019 and 2021.

Aligned to Gambia’s National Development Plan and the UNDAF, the CSP will be WFP’s strategic assistance and programmatic instrument and will succeed all existing programme categories with a comprehensive plan of action.

Considering lessons learned and good practices in the implementation of previous WFP operations in the country, the strategic plan is specifically tailored to complement and support the government and its partners in addressing gaps in national food and nutrition security.

The global food agency’s country director, Magdalena Moshi said the strategic plan has the potential to improve the quality of WFP’s assistance by identifying specific contributions towards national priorities, increasing effectiveness and efficiency, integrating capacity development and resource mobilization more fully, and enhancing performance reporting and accountability.

‘’Ending hunger and improving nutrition depends on effective partnerships that span both humanitarian and development context,” she noted.

Ms. Moshi said the centrality of effective partnership across contexts is manifested by the Gambia Government’s leadership role and commitment to this CSP processes. “To achieve the goals we lay out in the CSP, stronger collaboration will be crucial.”

In 2017, The Gambia conducted the National Zero Hunger Strategic Review (NZHSR), an inclusive and consultative exercise to analyze the opportunities and challenges for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2(SDG2) in the country by 2030.

Under the coordination of the vice president, the review promoted a detailed analysis of the current situation and consulted numerous stakeholders amongst Government, civil society, private sector, donors and international organizations.

Author: Fatou Dem