This Operation has been modified and extended in time until 30th June 2012 as per Budget revision 5 (see below).
This Special Operation will carry out targeted rehabilitation works at Mogadishu Port, Kismayo Port, and at key bottlenecks in the road networks of Lower Juba, Middle Juba, Bay, and Bakool regions, in order to streamline the delivery of emergency food aid within South Somalia.
By improving both infrastructure and procedures at Mogadishu and Kismayo ports, this Special Operation will reduce both the time and cost of humanitarian shipments via the ports. Furthermore, the targeted road rehabilitation (bridges, drifts, small stretches of road) will mitigate against the disruption caused by the bi-annual rainy seasons, and help to ensure year round access of ongoing WFP interventions across South Somalia.
While this Special Operation is primarily aimed at assisting WFP operations, its execution will result in time and cost savings for all humanitarian actors utilizing Mogadishu and Kismayo ports or transporting commodities along the main supply routes of South Somalia.
While WFP Somalia has considered the work contained in this Special Operation necessary for some time, the recent political developments in Somalia and the extension of the Transitional Federal Government’s (TFG) influence/control up to and including all those locations covered by this Special Operation makes it even more relevant.
While the Special Operation is aimed at streamlining the delivery of emergency humanitarian aid, its execution now will take place within the framework of the TFG administration and will have beneficial secondary effects for the UN recognized administration (in terms of training, repair of key income generating assets, etc).