Moving towards sustainability – World Food Programme (WFP) for Community Based Participatory Planning

Over the years, WFP has been shifting from just providing food assistance to communities in crisis, to helping both host vulnerable populations and people in crisis through participatory resilience building activities, generally identified by the local communities themselves. In this regard, WFP Cameroon organized a one-week training of trainers’ workshop on Community-Based Participatory Planning (CBPP) in Ngaoundal, Adamawa region from March 12 – 17, 2018. The workshop aimed at training participants on how to identify viable solutions that contribute to render the communities more sustainable and resilient to shocks. In addition to the 27 participants from NGOs, local communities and government, about 60 members of the Beyala community were submitted to a practical and easy-to-use planning tool for the identification of community based projects. A team from WFP Regional Bureau in Dakar – Senegal conducted the practical phase of the workshop.

Participants from the government were very enthusiastic about the CBPP and eager to partner with WFP in potential livelihood promotion project in Beyala village. The government partners included Regional Delegations of the Ministries of Territorial Administration, Agriculture, Environment, Health and the municipal councils of Ngaoundal and Dir council, the Regional Bureau of the National Programme for Participatory Development in (PNDP) Adamawa.

In particular, participants expressed interest in building projects related to resilience interventions, particularly small rural infrastructure, value chain development, post-harvest loss prevention, nutrition treatment and prevention and Home-Grown School Feeding (HGSF).

The CBPP exercise aims at strengthening the design, planning and implementation of programmes on resilience building, risk reduction and preparedness and safety nets. This is realized at a three- staged bottom-up approach which include three points: CBPP (at the local level), Seasonal Livelihood Programming (at the sub-national level) and Integrated Context Analysis (at the national level).

At the end of the workshop, the Sub-Divisional Officer for the Dir Sub-Division, Sali Haman and the Mayor of Dir, Housseini Issa expressed gratitude to WFP’s efforts geared towards supporting community-based interventions.