WFP Activities

WFP plays a major role in Côte d’Ivoire through humanitarian response and rehabilitation efforts. WFP’s current operations focus primarily on providing life-saving assistance to populations affected by and recovering from the violence and displacement resulting from the November 2010 elections.

WFP’s intervention strategy rests on 4 major axes:

1.      Save lives of vulnerable groups

2.      Support the return of populations and the rebuilding of livelihoods

3.      Facilitate the return to school of children and teachers affected by the crisis

4.      Reinforce the capacity of the Government 

Through its emergency operation, WFP has been providing emergency assistance to support the displaced, returnee and vulnerable populations in western, central and northern Côte d'Ivoire as well as in Abidjan. The programme includes general distributions, cash trasnfers, food-for-work, and nutrition activities to treat malnourished children, women and ART clients. General food distributions are carried out in the West, targeting 379,768 IDPs, external and internal returnees. Nutrition activities are implemented in the West, North and Center, targeting a total of 87,950 beneficiaries. A cash transfer project was carried out in Abidjan to assist 54,000 vulnerable (10,800 households) through "mobile money" transfers to correspond to the value of a standard GFD food basket.

WFP has been supporting vulnerable children in primary school through school canteens. WFP works with the government to provide a daily hot meal to increase enrolment, attendance and retention rates in rural primary schools most adversely affected by food insecurity. The current operation focuses specifically on assisting the recovery process by facilitating the return to school for children and teachers affected by the crisis, thereby also contributing to reconciliation, social cohesion and a return to normalcy. The start of WFP’s new school feeding programme coincided with the beginning of the new 2011-2012 academic year to help schools successfully restart after the post-electoral crisis. The programme provides assistance through daily school meals and food-work-rations for voluntary teachers in 3,000 primary schools in order to attract children and teachers back to school cross the country. It targets a total of 568,000 school children throughout the country and 5,000 volunteer teachers in the West.

Finally, two special operations support and complement WFP’s emergency operation. These operations deliver essential humanitarian logistical and telecommunication services for the cluster system and established the UN Humanitarian Air Services, which provides safe transport (passengers and cargo) for WFP and the rest of the humanitarian community to easily access the key areas affected by the crisis.


WFP Offices
Country at a glance 2014
Planned Beneficiaries0
Beneficiary needs (mt)26,983
Beneficiary needs ($US)42,010,684
Donors - 2014 ($US)
Donors - Directed contributions
Multilateral contributions-
Threats to food security
  • Political instability causes Insecurity and displacements
  • Low level of infrastructures and high transport costs
  • Lack of access to health facilities and medicines
  • Falling world market prices for local cash crops