WFP provides assistance to the most marginalized Cambodians living in the most food-insecure provinces through a five-year Country Program, which has been extended until December 2018. The program covers food and cash-based safety nets in the sectors of education, asset creation and livelihood support and nutrition. Food assistance is also provided in response to emergencies, when required.
In 2015, WFP reached 466,100 people in Cambodia. With a preceding record of reaching up to 840,000 people annually since 2011, WFP’s school meals program, including the school meals and scholarship programs (cash or take-home rice rations granted to children with at least an 80 percent attendance rate), has supported universal access to primary education and promoted increased enrollment, retention and graduation. Building on this success, WFP is working with the Government to establish a national school meals program by 2020-21. WFP’s nutrition program aims to contribute to reducing malnutrition through improved young child feeding and public health measures such as rice fortification. Considering that Cambodia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the region, WFP’s food-for-assets program aims to strengthen resilience and climate change adaptation amongst the most vulnerable communities.