Hunger Hotspots

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

Ethiopia

Reports of significant increases in severe malnutrition in parts of Amhara and Tigray regions (from Goal, CONCERN and World Vision) suggest a growing crisis in these chronically food insecure areas. WFP field staff are on alert and are monitoring the situation closely.
Responding to Emergencies
11 March 2009

DRC

In North Kivu province, IDPs encamped in Goma area have reportedly started to return. The IDP movement of return and improvement of the security situation was welcomed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, who visited eastern DRC. In his address to the media held a strong speech against rapes on civilians by armed soldiers.
Responding to Emergencies
11 March 2009

Chad

Food distributions to IDPs are due to begin in mid-March. WFP plans to provide IDPs with 90-day general food distributions from March to May and 120-day seed protection rations from June to September 2009. March general food distributions for the Sudanese refugees have been completed in 11 out of the 12 refugee camps in eastern Chad. Distributions in the Milé camp are due to begin this week. WFP plans to provide 252,000 beneficiaries with 30 days of full rations consisting of 2100 kcal/person/day.
Responding to Emergencies
11 March 2009

Sri Lanka

There is no significant change in the IDP figures in the north. Still the overall figure is approximately 36,000 while some 32,200 reside in Vavuniya in 13 welfare centres.
Responding to Emergencies
11 March 2009

Pakistan

In January WFP succeeded to provide food assistance to 208,000 IDPs in the conflict area in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA); the number increased to 256,000 beneficiaries in February 2009. Target in March will be 330,000 persons due to the increasing number of displaced people. A total of nine humanitarian hubs have been established in NWFP and are fully functional to support the storage and distribution of food and non food items for the IDP operation.
Responding to Emergencies
4 March 2009

Zimbabwe

In March, WFP will distribute the February cereal ration of 5kg per person per month (maintained at 10 kg in 10 of the most vulnerable districts). However, due to the availability and arrivals of food, and requirements for repayments to C-SAFE, WFP will be able to increase the ration of pulses from 1 kg to the original 1.8 kg (ration size before the cuts in January 2009). The oil ration will also be increased from 0.6 kg to 0.92 kg in areas receiving 5 kg of cereals. The newly eligible caseload (category 3) will be included in the distributions to the most vulnerable districts only. In March, WFP plans to assist 5.2 million beneficiaries with nearly 45,000 mt of food: 4.6 million under the vulnerable group feeding (VGF) and 629,000 under the safety net (SN). WFP has pre-positioned over 13,000 mt of food for March distributions for the VGF programme.
Responding to Emergencies
4 March 2009

Kenya

The arrival of 13,000 refugees, mainly from Somalia during January and February, puts the total number of refugees living in camps in Kenya at 307,000, which is the maximum planned under PRRO 10258.2. The CO is preparing a budget revision for 80,000 new refugees from March until end of the project in September 2009.
Responding to Emergencies
4 March 2009

Chad

Prepositioning of food stock for the rainy season (July- November 2009) is due to start in March to ensure the availability of food supply in the refugee camps before June 2009 when roads will be closed due to rain. The CO is currently speeding up the process to make sure that food flows as much as possible from both the Douala and Libya corridors. WFP is also planning to distribute general food rations to 180,000 IDPs in eastern Chad. The 2009 IDP food assistance strategy consists of 90-day general food distributions from March to May, and 120-day seed protection rations from June to September 2009.
Responding to Emergencies
4 March 2009

Afghanistan

On 19 and 20 February, the seasonal floods in Dehdadi district of Balkh Province damaged 49 households in the region. Upon request from provincial disaster management committee, WFP has provided 5.8 mt of emergency rations to those families affected by the floods.
Logistics
25 February 2009

Syria

Since the import of food commodities to Syria could not be resumed as yet, about 2,500 mt of rice has been purchased locally to meet the immediate needs for January distribution.

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