WFP Activities

The ongoing Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO 200301) in Algeria runs from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015 with a total budget of US$66 million.

WFP carries out three activities under this operation: (1) General Food Distributions (GFD), (2) Mother and Child Health through the nutrition activities and a (3) School Feeding Programme. The three activities  are implemented in close collaboration with UNHCR, Algerian Red Crescent, Saharawi Red Crescent, Spanish Red Crescent, and CISP. The partnership portfolio is being widened to include other NGOs working in the camps. 

Given the extreme weather conditions and the potential environmental threats which damage the outdoor storage and food stocks, WFP also works on the improvement of basic infrastructure of the Sahrawi storage facilities.

General Food Distributions: The role of WFP’s food assistance is to meet the basic food and nutritional needs of the most vulnerable refugees and support their livelihoods. The dry food basket provided by WFP is composed of cereals (wheat flour, rice and barley), pulses (lentils, beans and chick peas), sugar, vegetable oil and blended food. Other commodities such as gofio (roasted maize blend) and canned fish are also distributed when received as in-kind contributions. Bilateral funding complements WFP’s dry food ration with fresh foods.

Mother and Child Health: To address undernutrition –anaemia, stunting and malnutrition- among children under 5 years of age and pregnant and lactating women, WFP combines prevention and treatment approaches. To treat moderate acute malnutrition, WFP provides oil, sugar and fortified blended foods to 1,000 pregnant and lactating women while 1,800 malnourished children, aged 6-59 months, receive a special spread fortified with vitamins and minerals (Plumpy Sup®). For the prevention intervention WFP provides for 13,300 children aged 6-59 months with a special spread (Nutributter™) while 6,360 pregnant and lactating women receive Micro Nutrient Powders.

School-feeding Programme: With the objective of maintaining enrolment and attendance of refugee children in primary school, WFP provides mid-morning snacks to 32,500 primary school students in the form of milk or dates, when received as in-kind contributions, and fortified biscuits. Mid-morning snacks are provided to reduce short-term hunger among the students, enhancing their learning abilities and developing their potential.

The operation at a glance:
•    WFP provides 90,000 general food rations plus 35,000 supplementary general food rations to the most vulnerable refugees from the Western Sahara.
•    The nutritional value of a WFP general food ration is equivalent to 2,166 kilocalories per person per day. 

WFP Offices
Threats to food security
  • Social instability
  • Insecurity
  • Low agricultural technologies
  • Desert environment
  • Occasional torrential rains