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649731
05/30/2016 - 13:15

An Emergency Food Security Assessment conducted by the Government of Chad in partnership with WFP and other partners in the eight regions of the Sahelian belt,  shows the food insecurity and malnutrition situation has worsened over the past year (compared to assessment results from March 2015).

“For vulnerable families throughout the Sahelian belt, the lean season this year will be extremely difficult. WFP is working with the Government and other partners to help the people of Chad to mitigate the impact of the crisis,”said Mary-Ellen McGroarty, WFP Country Director in Chad.

Over the past year, food insecurity rates have been steadily rising from 46 percent to 58 percent in the Kanem region, and from 40 percent to 49 percent in the Bahr el Ghazel region.
Malnutrition rates have also worsened since November 2015 in six out of the eight regions (Bahr El Ghazel, Batha, Kanem,Lac, Sila and Wadi Fira).

According to the assessment, various factors are contributing to the worsening food security and nutrition situation:  
•    erratic rainfall during the 2015/2016 growing season has led to 11 percent less food being produced compared to the previous year;
•    insecurity and violence spilling across the border from neighbouring Nigeria due to Boko Haram has led to borders being closed and disrupted trade
•    a rise in the price of cereal (for example, sorghum prices in Kanem region have risen by 19 percent and in Wadi Fira by 44 percent);
•    a drop in livestock price due to disruptions in the cross border trading that has negatively impacted the pastoralist communities.

To limit the impact of a multifaceted crisis – food insecurity, economic difficulties, climate change –WFP and its partners are working to reach those who are the most vulnerable in the Sahelian belt.

Food assistance will be provided throughout the lean season (June to September) combined with specialized nutritional support for children, pregnant women and nursing mothers suffering from malnutrition. Lean season interventions will be followed by projects intended to mitigate the impact of shocks over the longer-term (for example by water harvesting and management systems being put in place).

The Emergency Food Security Assessment  was conducted with 4,821 households with 10,226 children under five. It was conducted during March-April in the regions of Lac, Bahr el Ghazel, Kanem, Batha, Wadi Fira, Sila, Guéra, Ouaddaï in the Sahelian belt.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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The full EFSA report (in French) is available here.

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Nathalie Magnien, WFP/Tchad, Mobile +235 66 99 30 40
Adel Sarkozi, WFP/Dakar, Mobile +221 776375964

 

 

N’DJAMENA – New data on food security in the Sahelian belt of Chad shows half the population - around two million people - face hunger and more than a quarter of these people are severely food insecure, needing external assistance to meet their minimum daily food needs, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

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05/30/2016 - 10:29
School Meals

WFP, in support of the national school feeding programme of the Ministry of Education Science and Technology is providing take-home food rations consisting of rice, oil and beans. The ration is provided to both boys and girls in primary schools situated in the most food insecure areas of the country.

“In line with the government’s National Ebola Recovery Strategy to roll-out and scale-up national school feeding programme, WFP’s take-home rations will serve as an incentive to parents to send their children to school, thus encouraging enrolment and attendance in primary schools,” said Peter Scott-Bowden, WFP Representative and Country Director in Sierra Leone.

Due to the Ebola outbreak, public schools in Sierra Leone remained closed after the 2014 summer holidays to help limit the spread of the virus. In April 2015, WFP played an important role in the reopening of schools. Through its food-for-work programme (FFW), WFP helped to ensure that schools previously used as centres for Ebola patients were cleaned and decontaminated, ready and safe for children. In partnership with the government, WFP supported the cleaning of 8,000 schools across the country. Participants in the FFW programme received food rations in exchange for their work.

Providing school meals is crucial in a country where 3.5 million people do not have enough food to lead healthy lives. The country is also still bearing the brunt of the Ebola outbreak, and the population continues to remain vulnerable.

In Sierra Leone, approximately 1.6 million children are enrolled in primary schools: net enrolment and completion rates for girls are lower than for boys, and these rates become lower in secondary schools. Net primary school enrolment is between 62 and 69 percent; drop-out rates are high, especially among girls in their early teens. Only 13 percent of children who enter grade 1 reach grade 6. To address this, WFP is providing take-home rations to help keep children in school.

“UNICEF and WFP with the Ministry of Education have worked together to put in place a mobile phone-based system called EduTrac to collect data, including data on how many children have received a take-home food ration,” said Kinday Samba, WFP’s Deputy Country Director.

WFP is able to expand its take-home ration programme to keep more children in school thanks to support from Japan and the European Union.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):                          
Francis Boima, WFP/Sierra Leone, +232 76750587

 

 

FREETOWN - More than 326,000 school children will receive take-home food rations this academic year as the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) expands its assistance from 1,000 to 1,415 primary schools across the country to support efforts to get and keep children in school post-Ebola.

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05/30/2016 - 09:01

The dates will be distributed by WFP to 60,000 school children in Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao. Dates, which are a staple food in the Middle East and Muslim communities, are usually eaten to break the day-long fast during Ramadan.

“In continuation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to those who need it most regardless of where they are, this dates donation is in support of our brethren in the Philippines,” said Fahad Al-Osaimy, Director Emergency Aid for KSrelief.

“Ramadan is the time of giving and so we are grateful for the generosity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their continued support to our Muslim brothers and sisters here in the Philippines,” said WFP Philippines Representative and Country Director Praveen Agrawal.

“The dates are an important complement to WFP’s school meals, which at times are the only well-balanced meal that the children will eat in the day,” added Agrawal. He further explained that school meals provide critical social support, encouraging more regular attendance at school, in addition to contributing to children’s protection in emergencies. They are also a key long-term investment in millions of people’s futures, in local economies and in reducing hunger, he said.

Since 2010, the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated over 230 metric tonnes of dates to WFP which have been distributed to families in Mindanao.

Aside from the dates, WFP provides hot and nutritious meals every school year to students in over 200 schools located in conflict-affected areas in Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao.

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About KSrelief
KSrelief was created in May 2015 to be the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian arm for all external interventions.

Website: www.ksrelief.org
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ksrelief/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ksrelief

About WFP
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

Website: https://www.wfp.org/countries/philippines/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WFP.Philippines
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wfp_philippines

For more information, please contact:
World Food Programme - Philippines (Email: FaizzaFarinna.Tanggol@wfp.org)
Ms. Faizza Tanggol, Communications Assistant, Tel. +63 (02) 833-6229 local 2441, Mobile +63 917-880-9368

 

MANILA – In time for the holy month of Ramadan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) is donating 30 metric tonnes of dates to school children in conflict-affected areas in Central Mindanao through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

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05/26/2016 - 09:53

“Giving a child a meal at school is a simple, cost-effective way to improve both education and health. There’s no learning on an empty stomach,” said Parvathy Ramaswami, Deputy Regional Director of WFP in the Asia and the Pacific region.

WFP has been providing food for students at school in Bhutan - three years ago, WFP still provided meals to most of the 50,000 day students in the country. But as the Government has taken responsibility for the programme, the agency has been phasing out its in-kind food assistance and today, more than half of students receive meals through the Government programme.

“As a nation, when we become more prosperous, we need to take responsibility and put in place a system,” for sustainable school meals, said Prime Minister Tobgay.

Ramaswami commended the Prime Minister on the Government’s holistic approach to school meals, in particular the integration of agricultural activities such as school gardens, which enable children to supplement their diet with vegetables. Ramaswami offered WFP support to explore further enhancement of the national school feeding programme through rice fortification with essential minerals and vitamins.

WFP is a committed partner of the Government in tackling the country’s food and nutrition security needs, and is ready to provide expert advice in emergency preparedness, building resilience to climate change, or in the analysis of household food security trends, said Ramaswami.
The work of WFP, which has been ongoing in Bhutan since 1974, is made possible by generous support from Australia, River Star Foundation, Japan Association for WFP and Yum! Brands.

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For more information please contact
Piet Vochten, WFP/Bhutan, Mob. +975-1711-0190, piet.vochten@wfp.org

 

Thimpu – Bhutan has made impressive steps towards establishing a nationally-owned, sustainable school meals programme, a senior official of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said in a meeting on Tuesday with Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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05/26/2016 - 09:29

The launch of the ShareTheMeal app coincides with the arrival of the Holy month of Ramadan observed by Muslims around the world who fast from sunrise to sunset to understand how it feels to be less fortunate. In Ramadan, WFP is using ShareTheMeal to help feed Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.

With ShareTheMeal, users can do good whenever they want and wherever they are. They can “share” their meals while breaking their day-long fast with their families or when having hunger pangs from fasting during the day. With a donation as small as 50 cents, WFP can provide a child with nutritious food for a whole day.

“Every cultural and religious tradition in the world teaches us to care for the less privileged and to share what we have,” said WFP Lebanon Country Director and Representative, Dominik Heinrich. “The launch of the app in Arabic provides people in the Arabic speaking world with an easy way to do good deeds and share meals during the holy month of Ramadan, the month of generosity and giving.”

Since the launch of the English version of the app last year, more than 500,000 users worldwide have provided the equivalent of more than 5.6 million daily food rations to the poorest and hungriest around the world. The app has received several awards for its design and innovative character, including by Google who named it as one of the Best Apps of 2015.

“More people in the Arab world are using smartphones, with estimates that there will be more than 300 million users by 2020,” says Sebastian Stricker, Head of ShareTheMeal. “We made sure that the ShareTheMeal app is ready before the Holy month of Ramadan, a time when people are looking for ways to help those in need such as Syrian refugee children.”

Syrian refugee families in Lebanon receive food assistance through electronic vouchers or “e-cards”. Money raised through ShareTheMeal’s current fundraising goal will cover the rations for a full year for 1,400 Syrian children aged 3-4 years living in Beirut. The children’s parents will receive funds transferred to their regular WFP e-cards, allowing them to buy the foods they want in local shops, which also supports host communities and the economy.

The Arabic version of the app comes as ShareTheMeal plans to further increase and diversify access to the app by entering on a new market. It also reinforces its mission to accelerate efforts to reach a zero-hunger future by engaging as many smartphone users as possible. With the launch in Arabic speaking countries, an estimation of 117 million smartphone users will be able to download ShareTheMeal from app stores and donate to feed hungry children.

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ShareTheMeal allows smartphone users to share their meals with hungry people via a free iOS and Android app. ShareTheMeal is an initiative of the World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator.

Download the app here

For additional media material, see the press page

Learn more at sharethemeal.org

WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media, @ShareTheMealorg

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600, Mob. +201066634352
Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2614, Mob. +201015218882
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982

 

ROME – Smartphone users in the Arabic-speaking world can help feed Syrian refugee children in Lebanon with just a tap on their mobile phones through the innovative ShareTheMeal application, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today.

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05/25/2016 - 22:01
Contributions to WFP

The contribution, which is worth US$528,000, will be distributed to 162,000 children in 12 municipalities of the North Caribbean Autonomous Region, Jinotega and Matagalpa for a period of 160 days through the Ministry of Education’s School Meals Programme.

The Representative of the Ministry of Finance, Sultan Alfuhaid, representatives from the King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Aid and Relief, Fahad Aljunaidel and Mfarah Alghamdi, and the Consul and Head of the Economics and Cultural Section of the Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Mexico, Mohammad Alkadi, attended the handover ceremony of the dates in Managua.

Among the attendees from Nicaragua were WFP Representative in Nicaragua, Antonella D’Aprile, the Administrative and Financial Vice-Minister of Education of Nicaragua, Francis Diaz, the Educational Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic, Salvador Vanegas, and representatives of the Ministry of Education and Foreign Affairs.

“With this contribution His Majesty Salman bin Abdulaziz, King of Saudi Arabia, and the Saudi people share with Nicaragua the gifts their generous land produces. We are very surprised to see how, in such a short amount of time, the dates have found a very special place in the hearts of Nicaraguans, especially the children who receive them as supplement in their school meals,” expressed D’Aprile. 

This is the third time Saudi Arabia donates dates to Nicaragua. Between 2013 and 2016, WFP received 442 Metric Tons of dates worth US$979,000. Dates are fruits produced by the date palm which grows in the desert; the fruits are harvested and dried in the sun and used in the preparation of multiple meals essential to the diet of families from the Arabian Peninsula. 

Dates have a high nutritional and energy value, they have numerous health benefits, emphasizing their importance in the treatment of anaemia. They are ideal for those who need large energy intakes, such as students and athletes. They improve mental agility, ability to concentrate and help regain strength after physical activity.

Ariel Rivera, principal at the Cristóbal Colón School in the community of Santa Rita, Mulukukú, located in the North Caribbean Autonomous Region, said his students loved dates from the moment they tasted them. “The children always wanted more than their portion. We had to give them more, because they asked for more.”

The sweet fruits will complement the food basket school meals are prepared with. It is composed of rice, beans, vegetable oil, powdered milk and cereal fortified with micronutrients. “The dates strengthen the children’s learning ability thanks to their numerous vitamins, proteins and they’re good for their health”, said Rivera.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Sabrina Quezada Ardila, WFP/Nicaragua. Tel. 505 2278 4982, Mob. 505 8930 2987
Alejandro López-Chicheri, WFP/Latin America and Caribbean, Mob. +507 6671 5355
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982

MANAGUA –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nicaragua received from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia some 234 Metric Tons of dates, a nutritious fruit with a high nutritional content and numerous health benefit, for its distribution among Nicaraguan school children. 

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05/25/2016 - 14:23

 The Tunisian actress visited families who fled to Lebanon over five years ago when the conflict in Syria began. In the absence of stable employment opportunities, these families struggle to provide even the most basic food for their young children. With ShareThemeal, available in English and Arabic, users can make donations that will be used to provide food assistance to these families.
 
"Over five painful years, I visited Syrian refugees regularly - both in camps and in urban areas – and with very year that passed the situation got worse,” said Sabry. “This time, all I can say is that I don't see how much longer this situation can last. It is a human catastrophe.”
 
During her visit to Beirut, Sabry also visited a WFP validation centre where families are checking their e-cards to ensure that they are in working order and collecting special rations, the traditional food for breaking the daily fast in Ramadan.
 
“No person on Earth should be living in the back of a truck like Omar's family. No adult on Earth should think of selling an organ to feed his children. No child on Earth should be deprived from the basic chances of survival,” Sabry added. “Today more than ever, our message as the entire humanity should be: five years is enough!"
 
 Syrian refugee families in Lebanon receive food assistance through electronic vouchers or “e-cards”. Money raised through ShareTheMeal’s current fundraising goal will cover the rations for a full year for 1,400 Syrian children aged 3-4 years living in Beirut. The children’s parents will receive funds transferred to their regular WFP e-cards, allowing them to buy the foods they want in local shops, which also supports host communities and the Lebanese economy.
 
 
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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.
 
 
Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media, @wfp_MENA, @ShareTheMealorg
 
For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600, Mob. +201066634352
Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2614, Mob. +201015218882
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982
 
 

 

BEIRUT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger Hend Sabry visited Syrian refugees in Beirut ahead of the holy month of Ramadan to highlight WFP’s award-winning mobile phone application ShareTheMeal, which provides an easy means for smartphone users to help feed Syrian refugee children in Lebanon with just a tap on their phones.

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05/25/2016 - 12:04

BANGUI/ROME – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have begun providing seeds, hand tools and food to nearly 50,000 hungry farming families for this planting season in the most food-insecure areas of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). It coincides with the height of the lean season when household food stocks are typically lowest.

Under the ‘seeds protection’ initiative, FAO provides crop and vegetable seeds, while WFP provides groundnuts, maize, rice, sorghum, and beans to the same families.

“Helping families rebuild food production is an important part of the recovery in this country, as it creates a source of food and income and can help bring stability to communities,” said FAO country representative Jean-Alexandre Scaglia. “That’s why it’s critical we make sure families don’t cope with the current scarcity by eating their seeds meant for planting.”

“We know that during this period, food is limited and families are already struggling,” said Bienvenu Djossa, WFP Central African Republic Country Director. “The food provided by WFP ensures that the seeds get planted and families don’t go hungry at the same time,” according to Djossa, who stressed that, “Our support now can help people escape the vicious cycle of hunger.”

Three years of conflict have disrupted agriculture and severely constrained people’s access to food as they have been struggling with the effects of multiple poor harvests, disrupted markets and soaring prices for many staple foods.

“As peace is returning to C.A.R., this initiative is a beam of hope for thousands of families,” added Djossa.

Another 50,000 families will be supported during the second planting season in August/September, meaning 100,000 families in total (500,000 people) will be supported under the initiative this year.

The distribution of seeds and food is made possible by funds from the governments of (in alphabetical order) Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the African Development Bank, the European Union and ECHO, the Fonds Bêkou, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, the Common Humanitarian Fund for the Central African Republic, UN Women, and the World Bank.

With 75 percent of the population depending on agriculture, FAO, WFP and their partners have been working together since the beginning of the unrest to mitigate negative impacts on agricultural production and food security; the seeds protection initiative was first implemented in 2014.

The Government of the Central African Republic is leading a strategic effort to revive the agricultural sector.  FAO and WFP are supporting the Government through longer-term programmes that aim to save and strengthen livelihoods and build resilience.

However, the two UN agencies warn that with only half of both agencies’ funding needs secured, people in C.A.R. face receiving only half of the support they need.

FAO is appealing for US$86 million to support 1.55 million people with inputs to produce crops and keep their livestock healthy, and strengthen the government’s efforts to boost food security. However, there is a serious funding gap, to date only 8 percent of these requirements have been met.

WFP requires US$83 million to respond to the urgent needs of 1.4 million people until the end of September in C.A.R. and in neighbouring countries hosting Central African Republic refugees.

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About FAO
FAO leads international efforts to defeat hunger. It helps countries to modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. FAO focuses special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people. For more information visit: www.fao.org or follow FAO on Twitter @FAOnews.

About WFP
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists 80 million people in around 80 countries. For more information visit: www.wfp.org or follow WFP on Twitter @WFP_Media and @WFP_WAfrica.

For more information please contact:
Kim-Jenna Jurriaans, FAO Rome Tel (+39) 06 570 54277  KimJenna.Jurriaans@fao.org
Sayaka Sato, WFP/Bangui, Tel. (+ 236) 72 187 697, sayaka.sato@wfp.org
Adel Sarkozi, WFP/Regional Bureau Dakar, Tel. (+221) 77 637 5964, adel.sakozi@wfp.org

Journalist resources:
Follow #Seeds4Hope on Twitter to find out more about seeds protection in C.A.R.
Download new photos from C.A.R. of the seeds protection initiative
Download broadcast-quality video.
Read the FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission report (March 2016)

 

FAO and WFP extending critical support to farming families in Central African Republic during lean season

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05/24/2016 - 11:02
Cash and Vouchers

“As areas become more accessible and we collectively develop a more refined understanding of what people need, WFP is working with the Government and other agencies such as UNICEF to urgently reach the most vulnerable,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.

“We are working in a highly complex environment. It is a race against time as the lean and rainy season is upon us. We know that unless we act fast, and we act now, hunger will only deepen in the months to come,” she added at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

“With diminished harvests caused by the devastating effects of drought and halted crop production in most farming districts, food supplies are terribly low. We face various constraints as we make provision for our dwindling food reserves,” said the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima.
 
Recent joint government and UN assessments show that in the worst-affected areas factors –
such as poor sanitation, a prevalence of disease and people lacking access to food, water and healthcare – are converging and could create a famine-like situation if assistance is not urgently provided.

Some 2.5 million people face hunger in northeastern Nigeria. More than 800,000 people are in urgent need of food assistance in Borno and Yobe states.

WFP will give food or cash-based assistance to 431,000 people, including specialized nutritious food to 64,000 children under the age of two at risk of malnutrition in Borno and Yobe, which are the states worst-affected by violence. This will complement efforts led by the Government and other partners to provide humanitarian assistance to all those in need.

“We are now working at full capacity to address the immensity of needs and hope our collaborations with WFP and other partners will ensure an end to the severe food insecurity at hand. In addition to the mobilization of consolidated financial support to address current requirements, there is also a dire need for sustained development strategies in order to adequately end needs,” Shettima said.
 
The most vulnerable in northeastern Nigeria will continue to need assistance because they have been cut off from their fields for three consecutive years, and it is likely that this year’s food production will again be disrupted.
 
According to WFP market assessments, staple food prices in some areas in Borno state have increased by 50-100 percent since the start of the year, and markets are limited because of insecurity and trade restrictions due to the conflict.

Pockets of the Northeast are inaccessible for deliveries of humanitarian assistance due to insecurity. There is very little data available on the condition of people in cut-off areas.

“With the Government and other partners, WFP is doing all it can to gather data so there is a better understanding of needs. We are expanding coverage of mobile-phone based surveys to 6,000 households, and are analyzing satellite imagery so we can understand better how families are coping and can prioritize areas to receive assistance without delay,” Cousin said.

In places in Borno and Yobe states where markets are still functioning, WFP aims to provide cash-based assistance to 267,000 people over a period of six months so that they can buy food. This initiative will also help strengthen local economies.

WFP began providing cash by mobile phones to displaced people and host communities in March in the Maiduguri area. To date, over 20,000 people have received cash assistance in Borno and Yobe. Another 17,600 people are registered and will be assisted in the coming days.

WFP will provide in-kind food assistance to 150,000 people in areas where markets are not functioning. The food basket meets the requirements for a nutritionally balanced diet.  

To respond to urgent needs, WFP has distributed since the end of April highly nutritious ready-to-use food to 6,300 children under two at-risk of malnutrition in Maiduguri. To date, 20 metric tons–enough for 14,500 children–has been sent to 14 sites for displaced people in Borno state.

For mobile-phone based assistance, an IDP registration and information platform called SCOPE developed by WFP has been installed with the Government and the International Organization of Migration to help provide both food and other vital support and services, such as nutrition screening of pregnant and nursing mothers and children under five.

With the Government, UNICEF and partners, WFP will carry out nutrition screening and help protect children against malnutrition in parallel with cash and food distributions.
 
A WFP-managed UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) flies humanitarian workers to and across northeastern Nigeria. Since August 2015, UNHAS transported some 4,400 passengers from 54 humanitarian organizations, and about 20 metric tons of humanitarian cargo.

WFP has supported national and state emergency agencies and humanitarian partners to help people displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram in Nigeria since May 2015, and is increasing its assistance at the request of the Government in response to the growing needs.

WFP requires US$21 million for its operations in the Northeast in 2016. To date, US$3.7 million has been given by Canada, the European Union, United Kingdom and United States.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

Follow us on Twitter: @WFP_WAfrica, @WFP_Media

For more information please contact:

Fatimah Wakilbe, Communications Adviser to Governor of Borno State, Mob. +234 - (0)8100726808 or  +44 -(0)7477614527
Adel Sarkozi, WFP/Dakar, Mob. +221 776375964; adel.sarkozi@wfp.org
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521; jane.howard@wfp.org
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474; gregory.barrow@wfp.org
Gerald Bourke, WFP/Istanbul for WHS, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982;  gerald.bourke@wfp.org

 

 

ISTANBUL – Under the Government of Nigeria’s leadership, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up to assist 430,000 people in Northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has led to one of the most acute and largely forgotten humanitarian crises in the world.

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05/24/2016 - 09:27

Investment in early response and risk management are humanitarian finance reforms being considered at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, where WFP announced that an innovation commitment of US$1.6 million from the Government of Denmark will be used to support the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Replica insurance policies.

In order to provide Replica coverage to more countries, WFP will also receive the support of the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, which says that it especially appreciates the role ARC can play in building and enhancing people's resilience to food shocks, in cooperation with governments.

“WFP is transforming the way we assist vulnerable communities to cope with natural disasters, from disaster response to risk management,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “Countries themselves need to own and manage their disaster risk first and foremost.”

“Early and predictable response saves lives and livelihoods,” she added. “Insurance is one of the most powerful ways of helping governments and WFP to respond to the needs of vulnerable people, enabling them to bounce back from shocks.”

“Transforming how the humanitarian system is financed will not happen overnight. Full replication could take years. From Istanbul we are calling on humanitarian donors to invest in early response. It’s a win-win for all,” said Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of the ARC Agency Governing Board.

WFP helped the African Union to create a sovereign disaster insurance pool, ARC, in 2012. A total of 32 African states have signed the ARC treaty and ARC has insured seven countries over the last two years with coverage of over US$300 million.

For countries that have demonstrated their long-term commitment to this mutual insurance system by renewing their policies for the third year running, WFP will help scale up these efforts by taking out matching policies, replicating the countries’ own efforts.

In so doing, WFP aligns its financing and operational response with government-led efforts, doubling the coverage available to vulnerable people. WFP, by supporting ARC’s Replica policies, can help ARC insurance reach 150 million people by 2020 and contribute to the Elmau G-7 Climate Insurance targets of 180 million people protected in Africa by 2020.  By 2030, WFP aims to have insurance finance for half its overall natural disaster aid expenditures in Asia as well as in Africa.

In addition to WFP, the START Network, a consortium of Non-Governmental Organizations, is looking to launch Replica in partnership with ARC and its member states.

Donor contributions will now allow WFP to pay premiums for replica insurance policies in African countries, allowing the organization to match insurance policies already taken out by governments to respond early to drought and floods and doubling the number of people covered.

Early response makes economic sense. With donor resources stretched to the limit and humanitarian needs only increasing, investing in shifting the humanitarian system from responding late to disasters to one that manages risk and is predictably financed could save billions of dollars a year over time. It could also improve the impact of donor investments as affected countries can increase their own capacity to manage increasing droughts and floods.

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About the World Food Programme

WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

About African Risk Capacity Agency

The African Risk Capacity (ARC) was established as a Specialized Agency of the African Union to help AU Member States improve their capacities to better plan, prepare and respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters. The objective of the ARC is to assist AU Member States to reduce the risk of loss and damage caused by extreme weather events and natural disasters affecting Africa's populations by providing targeted responses to disasters in a more timely, cost-effective, objective and transparent manner. For more information: www.africanriskcapacity.org

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Gerald Bourke, WFP/Istanbul – New York Mob. +646 525 9982
Frances Kennedy, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3725, Mob. +39 346 7600806
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel +44 7508 868 997, Mob. +447968008474

 

ISTANBUL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says that it will extend disaster insurance coverage to more African countries to help transform how they cope with drought and floods – from responding only after disasters strike to managing the risks before.