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WFP Program in Peru

Children wearing WFP aprons participating in a program to reduce anemia. One is impaling a chuck of banana.
To reduce the high percentage of anemia and the serious risk of malnutrition suffered by more than 63% of children under two years of age, and 33% of children under five, in the area of Ventanilla, a town near the La Pampilla refinery, in Peru. This was the initial challenge of the program that promotes nutritional food safety in the reduction of anemia, launched in 2011 by the United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) in collaboration with the Repsol Foundation.

Workshops and training to combat childhood anemia in Peru

Mothers in the Ventanilla area learn to make recipes with low-cost, high-iron foods.

This initiative seeks to improve the nutritional and hygienic habits in the home and promote the consumption of micronutrients and safe water. All this is focused on mothers of children under five years of age and pregnant mothers with limited resources.

The success of the program has been based on the high involvement of mothers, who learn to prepare recipes with low-cost foods and high iron content. In turn, they are given the opportunity to train as community counselors and train other mothers and fathers in their community.

Given the program’s positive results, in 2015 it was decided that the Alliance would be renewed for another four years (2016–2020). Two new objectives have been added to this new phase: adolescents and enterprising women. The adolescents will be given talks on healthy eating at school, and the women who will learn to prepare and sell low-cost, nutritional food— all by themselves. Isela Yasuda points out that the focus is on “training mothers to have the business skills they need to sell their products at affordable prices in other markets.” This way, they’re not only reducing anemia among children but also fostering the economic and social development of the community and guaranteeing the project’s sustainability.

Since it began, over 1,700 children under the age of five and more than 3,000 families have benefitted from the project, and anemia rates have dropped from 52.6% to 29.6%.

“This initiative is sustainable through time as it’s the mother who, with all the information we’ve given them, will spread this knowledge and instill these nutritional and hygienic habits.”
Isela Yasuda, WFP Nutritional Projects Coordinator.
  • With this project, we positively contribute to the United Nations' 2030 Agenda through the following SDGs: