Despite the encouraging progress on the social and macroeconomic front, Bolivia still faces major development challenges. Of its population of 11 million people, 39 percent live below the poverty line, and the level of undernourishment in Bolivia is the highest in South America at 15.9 percent. On the Global Hunger Index, Bolivia reaches 16.9, the highest score in South America and third in the LAC region after Haiti and Guatemala.
WFP has been present in Bolivia since 1963 and its support in the country is designed around three main objectives:
- The strengthening of food and nutrition interventions throughout the life cycle, particularly for the most food-insecure populations.
- Humanitarian assistance, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
- The promotion of diversified food production, dietary diversity and marketing conditions favorable to smallholder farmers.
WFP also supports key government social protection strategies such as the Complementary School Feeding Law to enhance education and the local economy, and the Bono Juana Azurduy Programme to support the health and nutrition of pregnant women and infants. WFP’s program also contributes to the recently approved national Five-Year Development Plan 2020 that emphasizes the need for the social development of vulnerable populations.