This Operation has been modified and extended as per Budget revision 05 (see below).
This fifth budget revision to PRRO project 105940 seeks to:
a) Extend the project duration by 9 months to enable implementation of activities in 2011.
b) Enable the use of existing confirmed donor contributions.
c) Introduce a commodity plan for vouchers, DSC and ODOC in 2011 for US$ 3.6 million.
As per Budget Revision 01 (see below) the title of this PRRO has changed from “Assistance to Flood Victims in Zambia” to “Response to Natural Disasters and Economic Shocks”.
In February 2008, in the aftermath of the floods that affected several districts in the Southern, Central, Western and North Western provinces, the Office of the Vice-President (OVP) of Zambia requested assistance from the United Nations agencies to support its flood response and relief activities in the areas of infrastructure, food security, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, education and child protection. At the same time, the UN agencies in Southern Africa also launched a Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) for preparedness and response.
The strategy proposed in this PRRO follows the directions indicated in the CAP for recovery activities as well as the recommendations of the Multisector In-depth Vulnerability and Needs Assessment (MIVNA) carried out by the Zambia Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZVAC) in June 2008. The food needs are those required to cover the period from late 2008 to early 2010.
The goal of the PRRO is to contribute towards improving household food security, livelihoods and nutrition of 242,600 people affected by the 2007/2008 floods and previous dry spells in severely affected districts of Zambia. To this end, the PRRO foresees a reinforcement of targeted support to safety net programmes.
The main objectives are to:
- Improve the nutritional status of food insecure households and strengthen their ability to take charge of their own recovery on a sustainable basis and withstand external shocks and natural disasters;
- build national capacities for formulating, implementing and managing food security and nutrition monitoring systems and interventions at central and local levels;
- provide additional relief assistance to identified beneficiaries as required;
- contribute to the mitigation of the effects of soaring food prices on populations that are already structurally vulnerable.
These objectives are consistent with the National Disaster Management Policy (NDMP) as well as WFP Strategic Objectives 1, 2, 3, and 5; and they support Millennium Development Goals 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8.
The key outcomes of the PRRO are:i
- increased ability to meet immediate food needs due to floods, droughts and high food prices within targeted households;
- reduced level of acute malnutrition among children under five;
- strengthened capacity of Cooperating Partners (CP), including NGOs, community-based structures and relevant government institutions to establish and manage food assistance programmes in an effective and efficient manner.
The PRRO will help the victims of the 2007/8 floods overcome the worst effects of the disaster and support the reestablishment of their livelihoods. The beneficiaries, therefore, should not require food assistance beyond April 2010, provided that no other disasters occur during the period of the intervention.
WFP will also strengthen the Government Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit’s (DMMU) link to the existing national early warning system in order to ensure the integration of climatic and agricultural information for disaster preparedness and to provide timely early warning and disaster information.