Food Assistance to Refugees in Central African Republic
Cédric Charpentier, Regional VAM Officer and colleagues inspect the food distribution and the food security situation of Congolese refugees in Batalimo camp. Two month rations were provided to refugees who managed to crop gardens and sell fresh products back to the local population, as a result of WFP food assistance.
WFP offloads maize flour in Batalimo camp with Cooperating Parter, Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) and UNHCR, under steaming heat.
Distribution of yellow split peas for medium-sized refugee families. The women distributing the food are refugees who were trained in food handling for this occasion. The distribution was managed by COOPI and the camp authorities led by Congolese refugees.
Women from the refugee committee preparing the distribution of supercereals for families with small children. WFP food assistance includes supercereals to provide extra micronutrients to complement general rations and to prevent and address nutritional deficiencies.
The amount of food distributed to beneficiaries differs according ot the size of the householed. Congolese refugees in Batalimo camp receive two month ration of maize flour, yellow split peas, vegetable oil and salt.
WFP provides food assistance to Congolese refugees at the Batalimo refugee camp, located in Lobaye prefecture, in the south-west of CAR. Approximately 6,000 refugees receive a full ration of 540 g/day /person to meet the daily calorie intake of 2,100 Kcal. The food basket consists of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and super cereal. Distributions continue despite the recent deterioration of security situation in CAR.