MAPs allows for the detailed tracking of nutritional improvement and the creation of a consolidated database for real-time tracking of the results of social protection programmes. It simplifies the process of capturing and linking key data for decision makers in an non-intrusive, secure and distributed way. Furthermore, by reducing information silos and paperwork it could potentially save to a third of monitoring costs, thus allowing WFP and government staff to focus resources on raising awareness and reducing levels of malnutrition amongst vulnerable communities. By augmenting the Government of El Salvador's technical capacity WFP is making sure the most vulnerable communities don't fall through the social safety net.
Starting January 2017, WFP and the Government of El Salvador are piloting the system in more than three municipalities, impacting approximately 1,400 beneficiaries. If successful, WFP aims to scale the solution nationally.