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Rio Coco - Nicaragua's food lifeline

Food distribution along the Rio Coco - 1

The Rio Coco lies along the northern border of Nicaragua. Hurricane Felix devastated the region in late 2007 and since then WFP has distributed food to families living along the river.

Food distribution along the Rio Coco - 2

In this distribution alone 662 metric tonnes of maize, legumes, cereal (CSB) and cooking oil were distributed by the WFP team and their flotilla of boats.

Food distribution along the Rio Coco - 3

The food is transported from the shoreline to the community centers where it is distributed to local people.

Food distribution along the Rio Coco - 4

A nutritional evaluation done by the WFP, together with the government, determined that one out of three children in the WFP areas of intervention suffers from chronic undernutrition.

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The WFP team in Nicaragua distributing food to the communities living along the Rio Coco.

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The incidence of poverty is highest among rural populations, where 46 percent live in poverty and 15.1 percent live in extreme poverty. The median income of the poor covers only 24 percent of the cost of the basic food basket.

The Rio Coco lies along the northern border of Nicaragua and the Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte (RAAN). The area was devastated in late 2007 when Hurricane Felix ripped through the region. Since that time WFP has distributed food to families living along the river.