The 2011-2016 Cambodia Country Program of the World Food Programme (WFP) has two key objectives: increasing the food security and nutritional status of targeted women, men, girls and boys in selected provinces; and strengthening the institutional capacity of Cambodian counterparts to develop sustainable and adaptable national food security systems. The program includes three components: 1) Education; 2) Nutrition; and 3) Productive Assets and Livelihoods Support. CIDA’s project contributes to the WFP’s program in Cambodia.
The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: improved food and nutrition security of women, men, girls and boys in the most vulnerable households and communities in selected provinces; and strengthened sustainable and adaptable national food security systems and delivery models in Cambodia.
Results as of the end of CIDA support (March 2013) include: distributing 5.77 metric tons of super-cereal plus (a fortified corn soya blend) to improve the health and nutrition of mothers and children, and 5,035 metric tons of rice, 1,541 metric tons of which was distributed to people living with HIV. These activities contributed to improving access to safe and nutritious food for 138,233 of Cambodia’s poor, including 643 pregnant and lactating women, 1,080 children between 6 and 23 months, and 36,240 people living with HIV (52% of whom were women) and their families. The project provided targeted food support to these groups in partnership with organizations that offer home-based care, counseling, nutrition and health education for vulnerable people. The project also provided food assistance to 100,270 people (19% of whom were women) working in community works projects that were identified in cooperation with the Government of Cambodia. Farmers or farm labourers experiencing food shortages before the harvest when food stocks are temporarily depleted were given employment opportunities to help them survive. At the same time, community assets and agricultural infrastructure are being built up. The project helped communities build or fix 172 kilometres of rural roads, 24 kilometres of irrigation canals and 48 ponds to link villages with markets and services and to increase agricultural production. The project also strengthened the capacity of the Cambodian government and non-governmental organizations in nutrition and HIV training through workshops. These have contributed to improving the Cambodians health and economic well-being of Cambodians, particularly those most vulnerable to chronic hunger and under nutrition.