Photo: WFP/Studio 2k/2021

Guinea

The Situation

Located in West Africa, the Republic of Guinea is home to over 13 million people. Despite an abundance of natural resources including iron ore, bauxite, diamonds, and gold, Guinea faces major socio-economic and political challenges.

Poverty and malnutrition rates are alarming, especially in rural areas. 55% of the country’s population live in poverty and 21% of households are hungry. 6% of children under the age of five are malnourished.

The COVID-19 pandemic combined with the resurgence of Ebola hurt local livelihoods due to lockdowns, movement restrictions and market closures.

Unemployment is high, particularly among youth and women, and literacy rates are low with only 32% of the adult population able to read and write. School attendance is also low: 22% of primary school-aged children are out of school.

WFP's Work

WFP has been present in Guinea since 1964. WFP provides assistance to promote:

  • Education through its school meals program.
  • Nutrition for malnourished children aged 6 months to 59 months, pregnant and nursing women, people living with HIV and TB.
  • Agricultural development with the purchase of locally-grown food used in school meals activities.
  • Support to severely food-insecure households through food and cash assistance