Support to the National Food Security and Nutrition Program

Overview

USAID’s Support to the National Food Security and Nutrition Program will directly support the Government of Haiti’s (GOH) social protection efforts to prevent hunger and malnutrition by implementing a safety net program that will build demand and improve access for locally-produced foods among vulnerable households.  Directly impacting approximately 18,150 households through the provision of food vouchers and 205,000 households through maternal and child health and nutrition interventions, the program will initially be implemented in five departments.  The four-year project will also work with the Government of Haiti’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MAST) to establish a national household level targeting database system.  
 

Objectives 

The overall goal of the project is to reduce food insecurity and vulnerability by supporting the GOH in establishing a replicable safety net system and expanding capacities to prevent child under nutrition.  Over a four year period, the project will (1) Seek to support the institutionalization, within MAST, of an effective, equitable and effective mechanism for targeting vulnerable households; (2) Seek to institutionalize, within MAST, an electronic food voucher-based safety net system that will: eventually target the top 10 percent of most vulnerable households, have the capacity to scale up nationally and to surge during food security emergencies, and promote women’s empowerment and the consumption of locally produced nutritious food; (3) expand knowledge and practice to prevent under nutrition in children using a food-assisted, first 1,000 days of life approach; and (4) build the capacities of key GOH institutions, women, and local partners to more effectively coordinate, monitor, and support food security, disaster risk management, and social assistance programming in Haiti.
 

Activities 

  • Institutionalize a food security vulnerability monitoring and targeting system 
  • Establish a food voucher-based safety net system
  • Implement maternal child health and nutrition using the 1,000 days of life approach that targets pregnant and lactating women as well as children up to two years of age 
  • Provide complementary services to create “graduation” opportunities for households enrolled in the food voucher program

Anticipated Results

The Support to the National Food Security Program was awarded to CARE International in August 2013.  With consortium members Action Contre Le Faim (ACF) and the World Food Program (WFP), under MAST oversight, the program will reach over 300,000 households with:
  • Enhanced nutrition knowledge and practices
  • Nutritious food assistance, and food vouchers to buy mostly locally- produced foods. 

Additional Information

Budget:  $80 million (Title II - $32 million, CDF - $48 million)
Life of Project:  4 years 
Implementing Partner:  CARE International
 
 

 

Last updated: February 06, 2014

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