In 2022, the World Food Programme (WFP) faced challenges and opportunities as it moved towards the last year of its current Country Strategic Plan (CSP) covering July 2018 to June 2023.
The focus was on addressing the impact of the global food crisis on food insecurity, poverty, and malnutrition through various programmes.
Egypt's significant population in North Africa and the Arab world makes it a significant player in the region's geopolitics. However, despite the country's promising developments under Vision 2030, various factors have worsened its socio-economic conditions. These factors include the impact of the conflict in Ukraine, the two-step devaluation of the Egyptian pound in 2022, and the repercussions of COVID-19. These issues have magnified development challenges such as poverty, food insecurity, and malnutrition, with the effects felt by both local communities and refugees.
WFP provided cash assistance for food, nutrition, and education to vulnerable groups such as community school students, refugees, pregnant and lactating women, and smallholder farmers.
WFP also supported national priorities towards digital education, climate change, and women's empowerment. The WFP provided technical support to line ministries for the development of geospatial knowledge management platforms for evidence-based data analysis.
Moreover, WFP supported efforts through its capacity in climate action to address food insecurity and malnutrition through strategic partnerships with Government, multinational, and private-sector partners. WFP concluded a final evaluation of its 2018-2023 CSP and designed its new plan to capitalize on successes and learnings from the current CSP and to continue aligning its interventions within national programmes and initiatives to mainstream food and nutrition security.