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Hunger Hotspots

Facts, figures and the latest updates from WFP's high-profile emergencies.

11/20/2009 - 14:10
Responding to Emergencies

Lack of funding has kept the CP on hold since June; under the HFP EMOP, 40 percent of mothers and children will not receive nutrition assistance for six of the 12 planned months. Overall, limited and late funding will leave 1.4 of nearly 1.7 million beneficiaries of the CP without assistance in November.

Following a three-week blockade of supply routes to Sa’ada town in October, WFP has been able to re-supply. Planned distribution to 55,500 IDPs in the town and camps is expected to begin 17 November.

Implementation of SFP for Sa’ada is still on hold due to the delayed arrival of commodities and required training. In the meantime, WFP is providing HEB to provide increased micronutrient value to children.

The South remains volatile, with clashes and demonstrations reported.

The influx of refugees from the Horn is growing and the proportion of families staying in the camp is higher than in the past. As a result, the number of camp residents and of children benefiting from school meals in the camp is on the rise and surpassing planning figures.

WFP is preparing to dispatch food rations for the November round of supplementary feeding; in addition to ongoing blanket feeding for PLW and children under 2, November will mark the first month of targeted feeding for moderately acute malnourished children under 5 (previously on hold pending the arrival of supplementary plumpy). GFD for the 4th and 5th months is complete; there is no funding for the 6th, final month. 

11/20/2009 - 14:09
Responding to Emergencies

SOUTHERN SUDAN: Emergency Hunger Gap Response: Airdrops commenced Thursday 29 October 2009 with WFP delivering emergency food assistance to vulnerable populations in prioritized locations in three states: Warrap, Jonglei and Upper Nile. As of 16 November, 1,130 mt of food have been delivered through airdrops. The plan is to deliver over 4,300 mt through airdrops to 22 drop zones in the three states to assist some 158,000 people affected by the extended hunger gap through December 2009. This is WFP’s first airdrop in Southern Sudan since 2007.

WFP commenced its fifth boat convoy from Malakal to Akobo in Upper Nile State. The convoy departed Malakal on 16 November and will transport 763 mt of food along the Sobat corridor with the bulk of commodities destined for Akobo. The convoy comes in the wake of WFP’s concerns regarding the decreasing water level of the Sobat River which may result in halting boat deliveries.

Number of DDR Beneficiaries Increasing: The Southern Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SSDDRC) in Rumbek reported an increasing number of ex-combatants registering for demobilization and reintegration in Lakes State. The beneficiaries have increased from some 350 planned in 2009 to almost 4,000 as of November, requiring additional WFP assistance in support of the reintegration exercise. 

11/20/2009 - 14:07
Responding to Emergencies

Buaale WFP office launched boat operations along Juba River after the roads became inaccessible due to the current heavy rains that have also increased the risk of excessive flooding along the river basin. During the reporting period two WFP boats were deployed for the team on nutrition screening missions in Sakow and Salagle. The boats are scheduled to transport 60 mt of food to five final distribution points in the Juba regions from Buaale. 

11/20/2009 - 14:07
Responding to Emergencies

The Government of Kenya has decided that the Agricultural Sector Development Strategy (ASDS), which will be signed in the coming weeks, will constitute the Kenya version of the CAADP. The Code of Conduct which WFP is a signatory to will formalize the process.

Alongside the relief brought by rain, there are fears of massive flooding, particularly in north eastern and coast regions. It is estimated that 1.4 million people soon may be cut off from relief supplies due to impassable roads, including 200,000 people who may be forced to flee their homes as flood waters rise. WFP has prepositioned food for two months in the most flood-prone areas to minimize disruptions and to prevent/reduce the need for expensive air operations. In addition, three month supplies of food for about 338,000 refugees have been prepositioned at Dadaab Refugee Camp.  

11/20/2009 - 13:50
Responding to Emergencies

In his capacity as a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, the former President of Ghana John Kufuor is in Ethiopia (16-18 November). The Ambassador will visit two WFP/Government projects – MERET and food for education in Oromiya region – and meet with the Government and AU. MERET (disaster reduction programme) will showcase climate change adaptation.

Planning for round seven of relief food distribution was finalized by WFP, DRMFSS, and JEOP (Joint Emergency Operation), targeting 6.2 million beneficiaries. Food allocations are being prepared. Meanwhile, dispatches for round six are ongoing. 

11/20/2009 - 13:50
Responding to Emergencies

Prime Minister Muzito launched on Friday, 6 November the fund for the government plan for stabilization and reconstruction of areas emerging from armed conflict (STAREC). The initial amount of the stabilization fund is US$20 million provided by the United Nations peace-building fund. The first bilateral contributions of US$2.7 million and €6 million had been announced by the Netherlands and Belgium respectively.

A river convoy of 500 metres long, 16 metres wide, with a total power of 1,580 horsepower left Kinshasa on 3 November headed for Kisangani in Orientale province. Seven and two pushers are carrying 2,500 mt of various goods. Among them are inter-agency logistics services (ILS) cargoes: 14 containers for MONUC and 6,736 cartons of school books (81 mt) for 4 educational districts in the Orientale Province. The latter is part of the four million books distribution project implemented for the Ministry of Education.

The first boat built by WFP partner Caritas to transport food and NFIs for the humanitarian community (including WFP) in different isolated areas of Equateur province has started its first voyage on 30 October 2009, with 29 mt of food for a cooperating partner in Bolomba, north east of Mbandaka. Caritas will manage the river transport service and will invoice the users, including WFP, on a cost recovery basis.

11/20/2009 - 13:49
Responding to Emergencies

First trucks carrying sugar for school meals for Kanem (in the west of the country) and Guéra (central Chad) arrived in N’Djamena last week and all is being done to get food positioned in these regions by 15 November. The convoy of 24 trucks carrying 720 mt of sorghum that left Benghazi (Libya) last week is expected in Abéché in the first week of December. This is the first lot of the 17,320 mt that were received in Benghazi early last month for EMOP 10559.1.

11/20/2009 - 13:48
Responding to Emergencies

 WFP winter pre-positioning of nearly 33,000 mt of food continues. Thus far 27,400 mt (83 percent) of the total planned food has been dispatched to 18 provinces. The pre-positioning is for WFP normal activities to ensure a continued food supply to vulnerable communities in remote areas which become inaccessible during the harsh winter. The first snow fall of the winter in the mountains areas has already occurred.

Swine flue cases have been reported at nearly 800 to date. The GoA has declared an emergency situation and closed down all schools and educational institutions for three weeks. WFP has set up a Task Force to review the contingency plan. Tamiflu and equipments have been sent to all the Area Offices.

The construction of 25 girl schools boundary walls is being completed in Faryab province. The aim was to create girl friendly learning space and provide food insecure people with food assistance through WFP FFW activities. Royal Norwegian Embassy in Afghanistan provided the resources for the construction of these boundary walls. The pertinent community development council, parents and teachers committee also provided conducive support and contributions wherever necessary. The completion report on the project is being finalized.

10/12/2009 - 13:49
Responding to Emergencies

The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), run by WFP, is facing a serious funding shortfall. The UN agencies working in the Somali region are presently looking at making contributions to keep this service afloat for one more month. UNHAS provides a vital service to areas not served by the Ethiopian Airlines. Reduction or closure of services will have a serious implication in the management and monitoring of operations in Somali region. 

Sri Lanka
09/17/2009 - 15:35
Responding to Emergencies

WFP will begin facilitating individual cooking in zones II and VI of the largest IDP camp at Menic Farm, as NGO’s have exhausted their funds to continue with communal cooking arrangements. WFP plans to distribute dry food rations to some 55,000 displaced persons in zone II alone. Local Government counterparts are attempting to procure complimentary food items to distribute with the general food rations for now. WFP continues to feed the estimated 270,000 IDPs in temporary transit camps, and is currently dispatching approximately 900 mt of food commodities each week to the IDP population.

The Government of Sri Lanka has recently announced that it plans to resettle an estimated 100,000 IDPs to the north and east of the country in the next few weeks, and before the monsoon rains set in.