Hunger Hotspots

Facts, figures and the latest updates from WFP's high-profile emergencies.
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Responding to Emergencies
15 April 2009

Iraq

WFP Iraq has submitted a budget revision for its EMOP extending it to 31 December 2009 and expanding its scope from targeting only IDPs to include other vulnerable groups, approval is due shortly. Negotiations are under way with NGO cooperating partners and operational agreements can be signed pending approval of the Budget Revision.
Responding to Emergencies
15 April 2009

occupied Palestinian territory

Food distributions are ongoing in the West Bank, with 207 mt distributed and about 60,000 beneficiaries reached last week, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA), Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Near East Foundation (NEF); 16 truckloads (480 mt) mainly transporting wheat flour, were dispatched into the West Bank. 547 mt were distributed to 69,000 beneficiaries in Gaza last week. A total of 445 mt (14 trucks) was delivered in Gaza, including wheat flour, canned meat and salt.
Responding to Emergencies
15 April 2009

Sri Lanka

The number of people that fled into government controlled areas from the conflict zone is reported to have increased to 62,070: Vavunia (55,587), Jaffna (5,713), Trincomalee (718) and Mannar (52). WFP continues to provide dry food rations to all the IDPs who are registered in various centres and welfare villages.
Responding to Emergencies
15 April 2009

Afghanistan

Afghan refugees have started returning from camps in Pakistan during the week. The arrival is in a slow mode, however, both WFP and UNHCR are  ready to assist the vulnerable returnees. WFP plans to assist an expected 52,800 vulnerable returnees on their arrivals. Several projects are designed under the modality of food for work and food for training to facilitate the reintegration of returnees in their places of origin throughout the country. 
8 April 2009

Zimbabwe

In April 2009, WFP plans to distribute 6,759 mt in urban and peri-urban areas under the SN (Safety Net) activities which includes cholera patients, staff and caretakers.
8 April 2009

Sri Lanka

Reportedly, nearly 60,470 IDPs have been able to cross over to Government controlled areas and are now located in Vavunia (52,678), Jaffna (5,515), Trincomalee (464), Mannar (856) and Pulmudai Hospital (957). WFP continues to provide dry food rations to the IDPs accommodated in various centres and welfare villages. The WFP Regional Bureau led Inter-Agency Food Security Assessment Mission concluded its field work and debriefed WFP and Government of their initial observations, pending data analysis and reporting on  concrete findings and recommendations.
2 April 2009

Sudan

UN agencies and remaining NGOs are still grappling with the impact of the 13 expelled INGOs and the 3 dissolved national NGOs, and are trying to bridge the gap their departure has left.  In a recent meeting with government agencies, WFP and others called for improved operating terms and conditions for NGOs and UN.
2 April 2009

Kenya

WFP will, from May 2009, scale up the EMOP/PRRO from the current 1.2 million to 3.5 million people in 2009. Food assistance will be provided through general food distributions, food-for-assets, emergency school feeding, supplementary feeding and mother and child health care programmes. WFP in collaboration with other stakeholders including GoK, private sector NGO’s and UN agencies last week launched the Wellness Centre programme aimed at creating awareness on HIV and AIDS as well providing HIV and AIDS related services within the transport sector. 
2 April 2009

Ethiopia

Given concerns over poor belg (short) rains, WFP and FEWSNet will support a GoE contingency planning exercise. Local production of blended food may be affected by reduced foreign currency required for the vitamin mix and power interruptions.
2 April 2009

DRC

On 23 March, following intense negotiations over past months, the DRC government signed a peace accord with the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP). Pending the results of a review in March, distributions in Minova, South Kivu, have been suspended. The possibility of cash vouchers instead of general food distributions will also be considered given viable market conditions.

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