A joint assessment was conducted by WFP, UNHCR, SENAH and NGO partners (ACCORD, ODIC, CIDR) of the situation of Ivoirian refugees in Kouankan camp (located in Macenta prefecture in the forest region) in June 2013. The results show that more than half (57%) of the households surveyed have low or borderline food consumption. Refugees face constraints, such as limited access to land, lack of agricultural inputs and scant technical support. Yields are poor and harvest products covering one month of household food needs are totally consumed. The lack of employment opportunities and income generating activities limit refugees’ food self-sufficiency. Refugees’ food and nutrition situations become increasingly precarious given the increasing incidence of poverty and food insecurity rates in the region, far superior to the national average.
Inter-communal clashes in July 2013 caused hundreds of people sought refuge in military camps in Nzerekore and Beyla and displacement to 3,500 people around N’Zerekore. However, the fragile and volatile situation prevents undertaking an assessment of the situation. Field organizations have taken urgent action to respond to food and medical needs of the population.