WFP Bolivia Country Brief, February 2022 – Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

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In numbers

Net financing requirements of USD 2.8 million over six months (March-August 2022), or 48% of the total

Operational updates

  • In February, COVID-19 cases rose from a weekly average of 4,471 at the start of the month to 425 at the end.

  • As of February 28, 48% of the population had received two doses of vaccine, 59% had received only one dose and 9% had received the third dose.

  • Tarija, Cochabamba, La Paz, Santa Cruz and Potosí are the departments most affected by the rains which caused floods, overflowing rivers and hailstorms, leaving five dead, eight missing and half a thousand families affected by the loss of their means of subsistence.

  • So far this year, WFP has received four requests for support from indigenous communities and municipalities for 6,907 families. The requests are mainly related to climatic events.

  • WFP and the government of Oruro have officially launched the production of the complementary food “Wawa K’umara” (strong and vital baby) for children aged 6 to 23 months to reduce malnutrition. The government will distribute free food to 17,000 children. Wawa K’umara is made from local produce purchased from local smallholder associations and contains nine of the ten essential amino acids.

  • Productive assets such as irrigation canals and traditional water wells began to be rehabilitated or built by indigenous communities surrounding Lake Poopó. The cash distribution will begin in March. Productive assets will make local families more resilient for the next dry season, which begins in May.

  • WFP has completed the selection process for the contractor who will carry out four emergency food security assessments and a functional market index, including gender, protection and communication for change assessments. social behavior in three major flood- and drought-prone ecosystems. Cash emergency preparedness will include financial risk and information technology security assessments by WFP with external consultants. The assessments will allow WFP to be better prepared for any future emergencies.

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