This budget revision has been extended from January to December 31, 2011 B/R 906
The deterioration of the political and security situation in Sri Lanka since late 2005 has significantly hampered WFP’s capacity to implement its programmes and monitor the food security situation in critical areas of the country, particularly districts in the North-East.
Many of these districts were also affected by the 2004 tsunami disaster and have not fully recovered from its effects.
Given the current situation, WFP Sri Lanka has updated its contingency plan to respond better to the slow-onset deterioration of the development/operational space” and other potential emergency scenarios including a sudden escalation of hostilities.
Fear of the escalating violence and uncertainty of what is to come has already resulted in a significant number of displaced people. Given the frequent outbreaks of hostility, the number of internally displaced people is expected to increase.
A key element in contingency planning is building the necessary emergency preparedness capabilities to enable WFP to continue its regular activities and increase its capacity to operate within constraints and meet new operational needs.
The current proposal, which complements the contingency plans, seeks funding to allow WFP to increase its emergency preparedness in Sri Lanka and to improve its response capacity to potential new and/or evolving humanitarian crises, and the needs of over 600,000 affected people.
This SO covers increased storage and transport capacity, the pre-positioning of food and non-food items, improved security standards in line with the UN MOSS standards, and the expansion of existing/formation of new implementing partnerships.
Currently, WFP operations consist of PRRO 10067.1 and CP 10075. In the existing food aid agreement in Sri Lanka the Government handles the transportation and distribution of food aid. WFP has no LTSH component in its existing PRRO budget and therefore WFP does not have a flexible logistics network in place.
This SO addresses the logistics aspects of an integrated approach where security, programme and administrative emergency preparedness will be funded through a budget revision to PRRO 10067.1.
As part of WFP’s mandate to lead the logistics cluster, WFP is chairing inter agency coordination meetings to identify key logistics gaps.
This SO captures many of the requirements of humanitarian agencies for augmented transport and warehousing capacity by strengthening the existing logistics network capacity.