Hunger Hotspots

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11 November 2008

Zimbabwe

As of 31 October 2008, over 4.6 million people were registered (all categories, eligible or not for food assistance) under the Vulnerable Group Feeding Programme (VGF). The number of people confirmed to be in the worst food insecure categories (1 and 2) and presently eligible for assistance is higher than initially anticipated. October 2008 preliminary figures show that over 1.5 million beneficiaries received food assistance under the VGF progamme and over 530,000 under the Safety Net (SN). In November 2008, WFP aims to assist 4 million beneficiaries: some 3.35 million under the VGF with circa 39,000 mt of food and over 600,000 beneficiaries under the Safety Net with some 6,500 mt of food. WFP plans to assist the most food insecure categories (1 and 2) under the VGF programme from November 2008 onwards and, if resources permit, scale-up to assist category 3 beneficiaries (who face a food deficit of 3-6 months during the consumption year) in January 2009. WFP has cut rations for November 2008 distributions in an attempt to reach as many beneficiaries as possible with the little resources currently available and the resources pledged. The cereal ration will be cut from 12 kg to 10 kg per person per month and pulses from 1.8 kg to 1 kg per person per month for all VGF and SN take home rations. A Food Aid Coordination meeting will be held this week to sensitize donors to WFP’s lack of resources as of January 2009 and to discuss prioritisation strategies for December 2008 in view of same.
5 November 2008

Hunger's Global Hotspots: 5 November 2008

Rome, 5 November 2008 - Facts, figures and the latest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.
4 November 2008

Afghanistan

As part of July GoA/UN joint appeal intervention, WFP is implementing projects on high food price mitigation targeting 6,500 vulnerable people through food for work activities in the eastern region; plans are underway to begin similar activities in most parts of the country.
4 November 2008

Chad

WFP continues to provide monthly food rations of 2,147 Kcal per person per day to some 4,500 people infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS in Moundou, southern Chad. The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Chad is as high as 3.3 percent with the southern part being the most affected area. In an attempt to address environmental degradation, the Government of Chad decided in late August 2008 to limit the use of charcoal as a domestic fuel.  The decision has resulted in a shortfall of charcoal products in the local market. From August to date, charcoal prices have increased from FCFA 4,000 to FCFA 10,000. Charcoal and firewood constitute the main sources of domestic fuel in use by most of households.  WFP is monitoring the situation.
4 November 2008

Cuba

Under IR-EMOP 10776.0, a total amount of HEB (42.45 mt) and 40.2 mt of canned fish were distributed to the population of Isla de la Juventud. It is expected that the remaining 3.5 mt of canned fish will be distributed in early November. The LoU of EMOP Cuba 10786.0 was signed on 31 October by Martha Lomas, Minister of Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation (MINVEC) and Sonsoles Ruedas, Country Director, respectively. The WFP Panama Regional Office is procuring 23 liquid gas stoves to be used by food preparation centres in Pinar del Río province and the most affected provinces in the eastern region. Their arrival is expected in mid November.
4 November 2008

DRC

Although movement within and outside Goma is still limited due to the fragile security situation, WFP (in a joint effort with UNICEF and UNHCR) is moving high-energy biscuits to a medical centre in Kibati, 15 km north of Goma to assist young children immediately threatened by malnutrition.
4 November 2008

Ethiopia

Recent reports from Afar region indicate that the food security of more than one million people has seriously deteriorated due to a severe drought in the region and significant delays in the provision of Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) food assistance. The PSNP assists only 400,000 people in Afar. Therefore, WFP has alerted the Early Warning and Response Directorate, urging for the consideration of the additional caseload in the November and December relief food allocations, if resources permit.
4 November 2008

Haiti

Following the discovery of a pocket of severe malnutrition in Baie d’Orange and the medical evacuation of malnourished children to the capital, WFP deployed its 6x6 trucks to deliver some ten mt of food commodities and 780 kg of high energy biscuits on 2 November. Some 0.5 mt of food has already been delivered on 31 October by helicopter on the evacuation mission to the area. The isolated island, Ile de la Tortue, in the department of Nord-ouest, received food aid on 23 October. Some 28 mt of food commodities were delivered by WFP helicopter. These deliveries are part of the WFP/UNHAVE emergency air operations to inaccessible areas of the country.
4 November 2008

Kenya

The current refugee population in Dadaab stands at 220,000. The refugee operation has reported a total of 52,900 new arrivals at the camp since January 2008 and the influx is continuing. An assessment on food for assets activities for the host community in Dadaab was conducted between 29-31 October. Communities have already started implementation of projects. Distribution and uplift of food to schools has been slowed down due to the government’s directive on reduced tonnages per truck load. WFP plans to preposition stocks in December to ensure non-disruption of feeding activities in schools come January 2009.
4 November 2008

Sri Lanka

The fourth WFP food convoy to the Vanni, including 30 WFP trucks carrying approximately 450 tons of mixed commodities (rice, wheat flour, lentils, CSB, sugar and vegetable oil) will be dispatched to locations with high concentration of IDPs. Due to heavy rains more than 50,000 people were affected as flood water rose to four feet in some areas. More than 10,000 people were sheltered in community centers and camps. The Trincomalee Area Office deployed two teams to the area to conduct a rapid assessment and started the distribution of food to the worst affected areas. Flood waters started to recede during the week.

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