Food in community centers and schools
To build the production capacity of small farmers and the Agricultural Technical Schools (ETAs, for their acronym in Spanish), the UN supported planting vegetables and fruits and rehabilitating poultry sheds. It was accompanied by training in plant and animal agriculture, healthy diets, good food safety practices, and food preservation. Through these interventions, 11,722 children were reached.
With the support of the School Feeding Program and the MPPE, 110,272 children and adolescents from 11 states were reached. Besides, the UN provided food baskets to 519,000 students and school personnel from 1,918 preschool and special education schools through the School Meals Program.
Increase in local food production
The UN promoted agreements to produce 150 tons of corn, rice, beans, and bean seeds to support the National Seed Plan and provided technical support to 8,000 families for sowing more than 1,500 hectares of corn seeds. It also offered advice on using technology that improved corn production by 29 % in Portuguesa.
To build the capacities of small-scale fishing, we collaborated with authorities and donors to rehabilitate swimming pools and laboratories, and technical training was offered to indigenous communities.
Regarding nutrition, the UN focused on promoting breastfeeding and providing access to services and programs for nutritional prevention and care. Specifically, vital nutrition services were provided to 350,000 children under five and pregnant and lactating women. In these consultations, 19,676 children were identified with acute malnutrition, and 74 % were treated and discharged.
Moreover, 1.5 million schoolchildren accessed treatments for preventing intestinal parasitosis through the National Deworming Plan, and 39,928 children between 6 and 36 months old received general supplementary feeding with Super Cereal Plus to improve their nutritional condition.
Working together for food systems
UNIDO & FAO
The partnership of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and FAO with the Ministry of People’s Power for Science and Technology (MPPCT, for its acronym in Spanish) allowed for a study of the corn value chain to facilitate political and economic decisions. It also provided technical assistance to public institutions and the cocoa sector to devise a marketing strategy.
WFP, FAO & UNICEF
The World Food Program (WFP), FAO, and UNICEF carried out activities to promote sustainable local production and access to food through the rehabilitation of kitchens, canteens, and water, hygiene and sanitation infrastructure, the distribution of meals schools, and the local production of fresh food in ETAs. The coordination between UNICEF and WFP made it possible to implement, together with their partners, a capacity-building plan to handle food for 9,000 cooks from the MPPE School Food Program.
FAO & IOM
FAO and IOM launched community food projects in Zulia in which seed banks were created for communities to grow their fruits and vegetables.
Leaving no one behind
A total of 1,400 households and 1,000 children from vulnerable and indigenous communities increased their access to fresh and healthy food thanks to the work of the UN and its partners to restore their livelihoods. In addition, 22 families from the Wayúu community in Zulia participated in creating a community savings and credit organization to strengthen their means of production, and 400 households affected by the rains in Mérida State received tools for agriculture.
On the third day of distributing food kits to the communities of the Arismendi municipality, the WFP team had to travel more than 100 kilometers to reach the El Baúl pier and navigate downriver to the community of Guadarrama for four hours.
With the collaboration of the community upon arrival, the transfer of the food kits from the boats to the school where the distribution would take place was expedited. WFP also delivered more than 220 kits to students.