Published on 04 March 2009

In March, WFP will distribute the February cereal ration of 5kg per person per month (maintained at 10 kg in 10 of the most vulnerable districts). However, due to the availability and arrivals of food, and requirements for repayments to C-SAFE, WFP will be able to increase the ration of pulses from 1 kg to the original 1.8 kg (ration size before the cuts in January 2009). The oil ration will also be increased from 0.6 kg to 0.92 kg in areas receiving 5 kg of cereals. The newly eligible caseload (category 3) will be included in the distributions to the most vulnerable districts only. In March, WFP plans to assist 5.2 million beneficiaries with nearly 45,000 mt of food: 4.6 million under the vulnerable group feeding (VGF) and 629,000 under the safety net (SN).

WFP has pre-positioned over 13,000 mt of food for March distributions for the VGF programme.