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10/27/2016 - 14:01

The report is the culmination of a Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) of over 34,000 households across Sierra Leone’s 149 chiefdoms and 18 urban wards, making it the largest food security assessment of its kind in the country.

In his keynote speech at the launch ceremony, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS), Professor Monty Jones, said the government was committed to doing what it takes to transform the agriculture sector into an engine for socio-economic growth.

“The findings of the CFSVA will assist my ministry to design, target and implement programmes that will improve agriculture production and productivity, enhance commercial agriculture, create employment and enhance skills of farmers in a number of areas. We will encourage private sector investment and involvement to improve access to inputs and markets for our farmers. The government and development partners have a key role in designing sound agricultural policies and programmes to effectively meet the priorities of the Government’s National Ebola Recovery Strategy,” he said.

The districts of Kailahun, Kambia, Port Loko, Pujehun, and Tonkolili have the highest levels of food insecurity. Levels of food insecurity at least doubled from the 2010 CFSVA in the districts of Bombali, Bonthe, Kailahun and Kenema.

Out of 149 chiefdoms and 18 urban wards surveyed, 110 chiefdoms had food insecurity levels above the national average of 50 percent.

While the Ebola outbreak accounted for the decline in food security in some districts, notably Kailahun and Kenema, in the majority of districts, food insecurity is a chronic problem, caused by structural factors that affect the food production system and limit the ability of households to produce or buy enough food.

 “The results confirm that drivers of food insecurity are low agricultural productivity, poverty and a lack of resilience, poor road and market accessibility, gender inequality and a lack of income generation diversification. The negative socio-economic impacts of Ebola further exacerbated food insecurity. While the majority of the population relies on agriculture for their livelihoods, the report shows that only 4 percent are growing enough rice to meet their needs for the whole year, and rice production has decreased nationwide by 15 percent over the last five years,” said Nyabenyi Tipo, FAO Representative in Sierra Leone.

The analysis shows that on average, only 4 percent of farmers use chemical fertilizer, 10 percent have access to improved seed varieties, and 99 percent use manual tools. Very few households are engaged in fishing or livestock rearing. To sell or buy food, households in rural areas have to travel almost eight miles, or one and a half hours, to reach the nearest market.

“Sierra Leone now has unprecedented insight into its food security situation, with data available at the chiefdom level for the first time. This allows the humanitarian and development community to zero in on the most vulnerable, allowing us to use our resources more efficiently to improve food security, strengthen livelihoods and build resilience to recurrent shocks”, said Peter Scott-Bowden, WFP Country Director in Sierra Leone.

“With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the findings also provide accurate baseline data for government and development partners to gauge progress in achieving SDG 2 ending hunger,” he added.
WFP and FAO are supporting the Government of Sierra Leone to bridge the gap between local food production and national demand. The recommendations of the CFSVA underscore the urgent need for an increased investment in sustainable agriculture and rural livelihoods.

The 2015 CFSVA was financed by the African Development Bank, the European Union and the World Bank. Thirteen local and international NGOs provided technical assistance, in-kind and cash contributions to support the exercise.

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FREETOWN – The State of Food Insecurity in Sierra Leone report launched today by the Government of Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows more than half of the population – over 3.5 million people – are food insecure, without access to a sufficient amount of safe and nutritious food. Of these, about 600,000 are severely food insecure, eating significantly less food and less varied and nutritious food, and unable to cope with new shocks such as drought, floods and fluctuating food prices. The number of severely food insecure people has increased by 60 percent since 2010.

10/26/2016 - 23:29
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The delivery took place last October 19 after finishing the registration of beneficiaries that was performed with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), as an implementing partner, and the Government of Oruro. Each family will receive vouchers worth 300 Bolivianos (local currency) which will be exchanged for food products in selected shops in Oruro and Challapata. 

For the second distribution each family will participate in cleaning activities and in reconditioning vigiñas (animal drinking troughs and wells) that allow recovery until the arrival of the next rains, improving this way their food security and preventing migration to urban centres.

This emergency food assistance WFP is providing is additional to the actions implemented by the Plurinational Government of Bolivia, and will last three months (September 22 – December 22, 2016). Once the intervention ends, WFP and its partners will assess its impact and define together with the Vice Ministry of Civil Defense (VIDECI) possible further action.

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Families affected by droughts in the department of Oruro participated in the first distribution of non-conditional vouchers during a special event with the participation of the Governor of Oruro, Victor Hugo Vasquez, local authorities and World Food Programme (WFP) staff.

10/26/2016 - 09:21

Led by a team of national experts and guided by a wide range of stakeholders across the country, the report identifies substantial challenges to achieving zero hunger in Bangladesh, and makes recommendations on how to overcome them.

“Undernutrition already costs Bangladesh more than 1 billion dollars in lost productivity every year and even more in health costs,” said Siddiqur Rahman Osmani, Professor of Developmental Economics at Ulster University in Northern Ireland, who was in charge of the study. “No country can expect to build a thriving economy on the backs of hungry and undernourished people.”   

Professor Osmani, who has published extensively on poverty, hunger and nutrition in South Asia, spent the past ten months leading a team of senior experts with decades of experience in nutrition, agriculture, social protection, gender, food security and climate change, to produce a thorough and holistic assessment of food security and nutrition in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has made significant progress since the 1970s, when there was not enough food for everyone in the country. Since then, it has achieved overall food self-sufficiency and has had one of the fastest prolonged reductions in child undernutrition in recorded history.

The report lauds such gains as impressive, but cautions that they must not lead to complacency.

The report found that an alarmingly large number of people still remain food insecure and hungry – a quarter of the population, or 40 million people – and most people do not have a sufficiently nutritious and diverse diet. More than 1 in 3 children are still afflicted by stunted growth, and acute malnutrition has not decreased significantly over many years.

On top of this, the report continues, there are emerging concerns with food security and nutrition as a result of socioeconomic and climate change. Consequences, such as obesity and lack of food safety, may become particularly evident in urban slums.

To free all people of Bangladesh from the burden of food insecurity and undernutrition, the battle must be fought on many fronts simultaneously, with sufficient funding and accountability, the report states. It calls for a more diversified agriculture sector and an enhanced social protection system that leaves no one behind, and points out that empowering women is key to achieving sustainable food security and nutrition.

The report is being published as Bangladesh – like the rest of the international community – is defining exactly how to deliver on Sustainable Development Goal 2 to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture” by 2030.

“The report’s findings will be useful for Bangladesh in achieving SDG2 in the time span we have set for ending hunger by 2024 and tackling malnutrition definitely by 2030,” said Honourable Minister, Ministry of Finance, Mr Abul Maal A. Muhith.

The report, titled Strategic Review of Food Security and Nutrition in Bangladesh, was commissioned by the UN World Food Programme, and carried out by independent experts with the intent of fostering a shared understanding of the food security and nutrition situation in the country, and to better align the plans of the Government and partners to achieve SDG2.

The research team facilitated extensive participatory consultations and met with a wide range of stakeholders. Findings and recommendations were validated by an Advisory Committee which was chaired by the General Economics Division of the Ministry of Planning, and included representatives of civil society, academia, UN agencies and donors.  

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DHAKA - A major independent report released today emphasises that the Government of Bangladesh and its partners must rally to end hunger and improve nutrition to sustain the country’s remarkable economic trajectory.

10/25/2016 - 12:25

A senior WFP team recently visited impoverished neighbourhoods and spoke to families and local authorities in Hajjah governorate in northeast Yemen and the Red Sea governorate of Hodeidah. They described a very dramatic situation as people struggle daily to secure their food needs.

The team visited hospitals, nutrition and health centres and saw many cases of malnourished children arriving from remote areas.

"I borrowed money from my neighbours and family to be able to bring my son from Tuhayta district to the hospital here in Hodeidah to get treatment for malnutrition,” said Ihsan, a 26-year-old mother. “I am breastfeeding him but he is slipping away from us and losing more weight every day. I hardly have food to feed my children, let alone to eat well."

Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe, said the conflict in Yemen was taking a devastating toll, particularly on the most vulnerable, especially women and children. “Hunger is increasing every day and people have exhausted all their survival strategies. Millions of people cannot survive without external assistance,” he said.

Even before the latest conflict, Yemen had one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world. In some areas like Hodeidah governorate, Global Acute Malnutrition rates among children under five as high as 31 percent have been recorded– more than double the emergency threshold of 15 percent. Almost half of the children countrywide are irreversibly stunted.

The economic impact of the conflict is a catastrophe for Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East. Millions of public sector employees no longer receive their salaries and struggle to make ends meet. Even before the conflict escalated and imports declined dramatically, Yemen imported some 90 percent of its food needs.

"We are only surviving on bread as I have nothing else to feed my children and we are lucky if we have enough bread for everyone,” said Fatema, a 45-year-old woman living on the outskirts of Sana’a. “Food prices have gone up and my husband is no longer receiving his salary.”

Insecurity makes access to some of Yemen’s malnutrition hotspots a challenge. During the 72-hour humanitarian pause last week, WFP reached three districts in Taiz governorate, providing food assistance to 155,000 people.

Food distribution in some of areas is ongoing and WFP will also cover another 189,000 people in three other locations that were hard to reach in the last few weeks. WFP needs sustained access to the most impoverished governorates, particularly Ma’rib, Al-Jawf and Taiz.

WFP has provided food for more than three million people every month since February 2016. However, in recent months, WFP split rations to reach six million people every month with a smaller quantity of food, as needs are increasing and resources are diminishing. With this assistance, WFP has helped stabilize the situation but needs are outpacing available resources, so food insecurity levels are still high.

WFP aims to treat and help prevent malnutrition among some 700,000 children under five, pregnant women and nursing mothers. This includes nutritional treatment for children under five and preventative interventions for children under two. This work to counter Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM), also known as wasting, is done through local partners in 2,200 health centre in 14 governorates across Yemen.

“An entire generation could be crippled by hunger,” said WFP Country Director in Yemen Torben Due. “We need to scale up our life-saving assistance to reach more people with timely food assistance and preventive treatment. We appeal to the international community to support the people of Yemen,” he said. “We need to provide a full ration to every family in need, but sadly we have had to reduce the size of the food basket and split assistance between impoverished families to meet growing needs,” he added.

WFP requires over US$257 million to provide vital food assistance until March 2017. It takes four months from the time WFP receives funds until food can be shipped to the country and is in the hands of the families who need it.

WFP is grateful to key donors that have contributed or pledged support to the people of Yemen– including the United States, Germany, Japan and the European Union.

Integrated Food Security Phase Classification findings from June 2016 show that 14.1 million people in Yemen are food insecure, including 7 million who are severely food insecure. In some governorates, 70 percent of the population struggle to feed themselves.

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SANA’A – The World Food Programme (WFP) is increasingly concerned about deteriorating food security and growing rates of child malnutrition in Yemen, particularly in hard-to-reach areas

10/24/2016 - 15:57

Conducted by the Government of Haiti, the National Coordination for Food Security (CNSA), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) the week after the hurricane, the assessment confirms the pressing need to provide immediate food assistance and help people start rebuilding their livelihoods.

In the Department of Grande-Anse, agriculture has been virtually wiped out, warehouses have suffered serious damage, and the availability of local produce is now reduced to fruit fallen from trees. Around 50 percent of livestock were lost in some areas of the department.

On Haiti’s southern coast, fishing activities are paralyzed due to nets, traps, boats and engines being washed away by flooding. As a result, income that families might use to buy food is nearly nonexistent. Meanwhile, losses of subsistence crops in the Department of Sud have been near total. Almost 90 percent of the department’s forest and fruits trees were severely damaged; the remaining 10 percent are not likely to be productive this season.

“Local products on the markets will soon be depleted and we need more funding in order to continue food distributions to help 800,000 people in need of food aid which is more than urgent”, said Miguel Barreto, WFP’s Regional Director in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“The winter season crop is fast approaching. Agricultural producers have lost everything. If we don’t act now to provide them with seed, fertilizer and other materials they need, they will not be able to plant and will be faced with persisting food insecurity,” said Nathanaël Hishamunda, FAO’s Representative in Haiti. He stressed the Organization’s commitment to working together with the Ministry of Agriculture to implement its emergency response plan, focused on helping people resume agricultural activities and improving food security in rural areas.

Grande-Anse and Sud were not the only departments where food supplies and agriculture took a hit, the emergency evaluation shows.
In the Department of Nippes, the communities of Petit-Trou-de-Nippes, Baradères, Grand-Boucan, Plaisance-du-Sud, Asile, Petite-Rivière-de-Nippes have been severely affected, with almost 80 percent of their crops destroyed.

In the Department of Artibonite, the worst-hit town was Anse-Rouge but the four municipalities making up the District of Saint-Nicolas Mole (Bay of Henne, Bombardopolis, Jean Rabel, Mole Saint-Nicolas) were also affected.  The hurricane destroyed from 60 to 90 percent of crops in this area, and livestock - a common activity in northwest Haiti - also registered substantial losses, with 60 - 80 percent of livestock wiped out.

Impacts to agriculture across the Department of Sud-Est was also widespread.  Some 25 percent of maize crops are estimated to have been lost; between 60 and 90 percent of other crops have been damaged. Nearly 60 percent of fishing equipment was damaged or lost with trade-related losses estimated at around 40 percent.
The CNSA is calling for effective coordination of responses through strong institutional mechanisms, good monitoring and evaluation systems, and consultation in order to ensure consistency, transparency and efficiency.

The humanitarian community in Haiti urgently needs $56 million to meet the food assistance needs of people affected by Hurricane Matthew over the next three months.

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CNSA is a state entity established in 1996 to guide public policies to sustainably improve the food security of the Haitian people. Specifically, CNSA undertakes the following tasks: defines, directs and harmonizes interventions by actors in the food security sector in Haiti; monitors and evaluates the national food security situation and the results of field programs and projects; disseminates information on the evolution of food security and forms opinions on the subject; translates policies and strategies into operational plans for food and nutrition security.

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FAO leads international efforts to defeat hunger. It helps countries 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. Present in Haiti since 1978, FAO supports the government through technical cooperation and agricultural development activities aimed at improving food security and the resilience of households.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE – Some 1,4 million Haitians require food assistance in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which wrought widespread devastation on supplies and crops across large swaths of the island nation. More than half – 800,000 people – are in dire need of immediate food aid, according to an emergency field assessment.

10/24/2016 - 11:46

“Nearly 18 months ago, the devastating earthquakes destroyed trails and roads in large swathes of rural Nepal – and the effects are still being felt today,” said Pippa Bradford, WFP Nepal Representative and Country Director. “WFP knows that access to trails helps communities reach markets and social services, and is inextricably linked to food security and economic development.”

The contribution will be used to rehabilitate six trails [129 km] and complete engineer assessments on a further six trails [158 km] in the areas that were most severely affected by the quake.  The new trails will be built to withstand seasonal landslides as well as future earthquakes. The project will directly or indirectly benefit approximately 55,175 people living in the mountainous areas of Dhading, Gorkha, and Rasuwa.

“Investing in rural access, including with foot trails and bridges, is fundamental for the reconstruction effort in some of the most difficult to reach earthquake affected areas” said Gail Marzetti Head of DFID Nepal.

WFP has been active in trail reconstruction across its long history in Nepal, most recently in its response to the 2015 earthquakes, when around 880 kilometres of trails were either reopened or rehabilitated providing access for 130,000 people.

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KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of GBP 1.5 million from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) for post-earthquake reconstruction work. Through the donation, WFP will be able to support the Government of Nepal’s (GoN) efforts to rebuild critical infrastructure such as trails in remote areas affected by the quake in 2015

10/24/2016 - 10:04

Led by a team of national and international experts, in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Investment, and guided by inputs from stakeholders across the country, the report is the first comprehensive review of what it will take to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2, which is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

“This study gives an expansive and holistic overview of food and nutrition security in Lao PDR,” said Dr. Lilao Bouaphao, a rural development specialist with more than 20 years of experience who was in charge of the review. “It is our hope that it will be a practical and useful reference guide for all partners as we embark on the journey to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Over the past ten months, representatives from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Dr. Bouaphao and four experts in food and nutrition security, climate change, social protection and gender have been working to review existing studies and to consult with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels. The team held meetings with 49 key partners in Vientiane, led consultations in 17 provinces across the country taking in the viewpoints of more than 500 people, and visited Vietnam to learn lessons on how the country achieved food and nutrition security.

“What emerges clearly from this report is the need for an integrated and coordinated approach at all levels,” said Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury, Vice-Minister of Planning and Investment. “Working together we can achieve a Lao PDR where every man, woman and child has the food and nutrition they need to lead a healthy and productive life.”
The review provides an opportunity to understand the country’s priorities for Government and development partners to engage and contribute towards the country’s graduation to Middle Income Country status and achievement of national SDG targets. The review also puts forth recommendations on the way forward over the next 15 years in order to meet the ambitious Sustainable Development Goal 2 targets.

The review confirms that positive gains related to food and nutrition security have been made in a number of sectors including policy leadership, economic growth, poverty reduction, and overall food availability. However, it notes that challenges remain, particularly chronic malnutrition (stunting), which currently stands at nearly 36 percent.

The report was commissioned by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and was carried out by independent experts to foster a shared understanding of the food security and nutrition situation in the country, and align the plans of the Government and its partners to achieve SDG 2. The launch event was co-chaired Mr. Stanlake Samkange, WFP Director of Programme and Policy, and Ms. Kaarina Immonen, United Nations Resident Coordinator, in the presence of Ms. Sarah Gordon-Gibson, WFP Country Director and Representative and various stakeholders.

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VIENTIANE - Achieving food security and improved nutrition is key for sustainable and fair development in Lao PDR, according to a report launched today at an event chaired by Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury, Vice-Minister of Planning and Investment.

10/20/2016 - 13:30

The study estimates that Lesotho could save 2.86 billion Maloti (US$292 million) by 2025 if the prevalence of underweight in children were reduced from 10% to 5%, and stunting from one-third to one-tenth.  

“Investing in nutrition is a moral and economic imperative,” said His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho at the launch in Maseru today. “Indeed, as the African Union Nutrition Champion, I consider it my privilege and obligation to lead the fight against malnutrition...I urge all stakeholders present to support Lesotho’s ongoing efforts to prioritise nutrition.”

The report is being released to coincide with the launch of the country’s Food and Nutrition Policy and of the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Lesotho movement. This month has been declared Lesotho Nutrition Month and its theme is “First 1,000 Days of Life”.

The COHA report comes at a crucial time for Lesotho. Some 709,000 people – more than one in four of the population – are in need of food assistance, according to the 2016 Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC) report. Lesotho is suffering from the effects of two years of drought, most recently as a result of El Niño, which has badly affected agricultural and livestock production.

“To reduce stunting in Lesotho calls for strong political commitment, coordination of efforts and continued allocation of adequate resources for the implementation of the national nutrition and other related policies sensitive to nutrition” said Minister of Development Planning Mokoto Hloaele.

•    45 percent of Lesotho’s adult population suffered from stunting as children;
•    19.5 percent of all child mortality cases in Lesotho are associated with undernutrition;
•    Child undernutrition costs Lesotho 1.9 billion Maloti, or 7.13 percent of GDP.

A national dialogue on the findings, scheduled for 20 October, will provide an opportunity to discuss how government strategies to eliminate malnutrition can be harmonized and linked to broader global and continental nutrition initiatives.

“Progress towards Africa’s Vision 2063, can only be achieved if citizens of the continent are healthy and well-nourished,” said Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, AU Commissioner for the Department of Social Affairs. He further urged the government of Lesotho to use the Cost of Hunger in Africa-Lesotho study results, to inform critical Lesotho’s development decisions.

The COHA report is led by the African Union Commission (AUC), in partnership with AU member states and the NEPAD Planning Coordinating Agency (NPCA). It is supported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Previous COHA studies have revealed African economies to be losing the equivalent of between 1.9 and 16.5 percent of GDP to child undernutrition. Lesotho is the tenth nation to be studied, after Burkina Faso, Chad, Ghana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Swaziland and Uganda. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe are next in line.  
“Undernutrition is one of the country’s biggest development challenges,” said Mary Njoroge, WFP Lesotho Country Director and Representative. “The situation could get worse if no immediate response is provided during the drought emergency, which has deprived many vulnerable people of any means of livelihood.”
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MASERU – Lesotho is losing 1.9 billion Maloti (US$200 million) a year to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a new, country-specific Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study released today. This amounts to more than 7 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The money is lost through increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and lower productivity of the workforce.

10/20/2016 - 12:22

According to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) in southern Madagascar, more than half the population in the South (approximately 840,000 people), are experiencing alarming levels of food insecurity. The ongoing humanitarian response has ensured that the most acute food insecurity and the most severe form of malnutrition are being addressed. However, a third consecutive widespread crop failure and extremely low water availability urgently require additional resources to roll out an adequate response.
In Madagascar, 92 percent of the population lives on less than $2/day, and the situation in the chronically semi-arid South is pushing hundreds of thousands close to the edge of disaster. IPC findings indicate that the food security and nutrition situation could deteriorate even further early 2017, unless humanitarian action is rapidly scaled up.
“What I saw in the south of Madagascar earlier this month alarmed me,” says Chris Nikoi, WFP Regional Director. “These are people living on the very brink – many have nothing but wild fruits to eat. We must act together now to save lives and give hope for the future.”

Many households have resorted to begging, selling off their land or possessions, and eating vital seed stocks in order to survive. In such harsh conditions, children are often taken out of school to look for income, food, wood and water, in a part of the country where children already suffer multiple deprivations.
“Almost half of all children in Madagascar are chronically malnourished or stunted,” says Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala, UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa. “Stunting risks condemning children to lifelong poor health and increased poverty. In the South, children are currently also suffering from acute malnutrition. We can and must do better for these children.”
“The cost of inaction or further delaying our response is too ghastly to contemplate,” said David Phiri, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa. “Food stocks from the already poor previous harvest run out in August, and the next harvest will be in March 2017. If we do not step up our efforts now, this long hunger period will be extended by yet another year. This would be a catastrophe for a people who already appear to have virtually no food, no seeds and no discernible income.”

WFP will scale up its ongoing food and cash relief operations to reach as many as 1 million vulnerable people by the end of next month. At the same time, WFP is expanding its nutrition programme to prevent and treat moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) among more than 200,000 pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under five, whilst continuing to assist some 230,000 school children in southern Madagascar with a hot meal each day to ensure regular attendance.   
UNICEF will scale up its water and sanitation operations to reach an additional 850,000 people. Ongoing monthly nutrition screenings of all children under five will continue and be complemented by a SMART survey, while ensuring treatment for 10,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Health interventions will increase, especially for the 350,000 people living more than 5 km away from a health centre. Negative coping mechanisms such as taking children out of school, child labor, and child marriage will be addressed through education reaching 200,000 children and cash transfers for 4,000 families.
FAO’s immediate agricultural response is targeting 850,000 people (170,000 small scale farming households) in the worst-affected districts. The assistance combines provision of quick-maturing and drought-tolerant seeds and root crops (cassava and sweet potatoes). Farmers will also receive tools to replace those that may have been sold during the current extended hunger season. Support to livestock production will also be provided through supplementary feeding of livestock and animal health related activities.

WFP: From October to April 2017, WFP faces a shortfall of $89 million out of a total requirement of $118 million for its operations in Madagascar.
UNICEF: UNICEF will require an additional $36.5 million to scale up its efforts in the South: $12.5 for Social Protection; $10.5 million for WASH; $6 million for Health; $3.2 million for Education; $2.3 million for Child Protection; and $2 million for Nutrition.
FAO: Out of a funding requirement of $22 million, some $3.5 million is available. The funding shortfall amounts to $18.5 million.

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JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI - Following findings from a recent food security assessment across southern Madagascar, UN agencies are scaling up closely coordinated efforts to prevent an already dire situation from becoming a catastrophe.

10/20/2016 - 11:28

Vice President and Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development Youssif bin Ibrahim Al Bassam, and Representative and Director of Gulf Office Abdallah Al-Wardat signed the agreements at a ceremony in Riyadh today.

“We are grateful for this significant contribution from the Saudi Fund for Development, which will help us provide food assistance to thousands of Syrian people inside Syria as well as in Jordan,” said Al-Wardat. “WFP has had a solid partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the past four decades. Thanks to the Kingdom’s support for WFP projects around the world, millions of lives have been saved. This is the second time that the SFD and WFP have combined to support the emergency operation in Syria. In 2014, they signed an agreement that helped save hundreds of lives.”

WFP will use half the funds to provide life-saving food assistance to thousands of displaced families in Syria including nutritional support to nursing mothers, support for children through school feeding and organizing agriculture training. The other half of the contribution will go towards providing food assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan and maintaining school feeding projects for them.

Each month, WFP delivers food assistance to more than 4 million people across Syria and to more than half a million Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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RIYADH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomes a contribution of US$6 million from the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) to support displaced Syrians inside their country as well as Syrian refugees in Jordan.