Hunger Hotspots

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Aid professionals
25 February 2009

Iraq

The WFP Country Director met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs on 16 February in Baghdad to present his credentials. The Minister expressed his appreciation for WFP’s assistance in Iraq. The CD, Field Security Officer, and VAM Officer also met with other line ministries while in Baghdad from 15 to 23 February to discuss WFP’s framework for cooperation with the GoI as agreed at a strategic planning meeting on February 10 and 11.
Aid professionals
25 February 2009

Afghanistan

The inflow of returnees from Pakistan camps is expected to resume at the beginning of March. The Jalalabad area office is in close contact with UNHCR for any possible assistance that may be required from WFP. Thus far, the number of expected returnees is not known.
Responding to Emergencies
18 February 2009

Zimbabwe

Using WFP’s Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) distribution networks, partners under the cholera response have distributed 2,500 items of information and communication material from UNICEF at its final distribution points. Partners are also distributing soap, aqua tablets and/or hygiene kits during WFP food distributions. Additionally, WFP, as the lead agency in the UNCT-requested Logistics Cluster, is providing transportation and warehousing services to assist with the delivery of emergency medicines and items for humanitarian partners.
Responding to Emergencies
18 February 2009

Kenya

The near complete failure of the short rains in the lowlands of southeast and coastal areas, as well as in parts of the central highlands, has led to widespread crop failure, on top of the issue of high food prices affecting the country. As a result, the Government of Kenya has launched an appeal for up to 10 million affected people. The Country Office has developed a new PRRO to respond quickly to new shocks and mobilize necessary additional support to save lives and protect livelihoods. The project will be updated with new assessment information available in March for approval by the WFP Executive Board. Meanwhile, the early release of the PRRO in late January will enable donors to confirm donations immediately.
Responding to Emergencies
18 February 2009

DRC

The joint Rwanda/DRC military operation has extended into South Kivu. WFP is already providing general food distribution to displaced people in the northern areas of South Kivu but will need to revise the beneficiary caseload. A joint inter-agency assessment mission in the northern areas of South Kivu reported over 87,500 newly displaced people
Responding to Emergencies
18 February 2009

Sri Lanka

The GoSL is providing emergency packed meals to the newly arrived IDPs at the camps in Vavuniya, coordinated by local NGOs. It is expected that community cooking (involving the IDPs) will start at the camps soon. WFP is coordinating with the Government Agent (GA) and other stakeholders to provide food assistance, also identifying NGOs to implement the cooked meal programme. WFP has so far released 28 tons of mixed food commodities as part of its immediate response and a request for an estimated 50,000 beneficiaries was just received from the Ministry of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services. Cooking utensils will also be provided by WFP and UNHCR. 
Responding to Emergencies
11 February 2009

Zimbabwe

As a result of the resources available in the country, WFP will halve the cereal ration from 10 kg to 5 kg – a necessary measure in order to reach the actual vulnerable group feeding (VGF) caseload. The ration will be maintained at 10 kg in 10 of the most vulnerable districts – out of the 37 districts where WFP is implementing its VGF.   Under the cholera response, WFP in collaboration with MSF-Luxembourg provided onsite feeding to more than 19,600 people (patients, staff and caregivers) at 22 health centres in the provinces of Mashvingo and Manicaland. WFP is establishing four new partnerships (GOAL, CONCERN, Christian Care and Plan-International) that will operate in another seven districts in Manicaland, Gokwe North and South, Mashonaland West and Mutare provinces.  Furthermore, using WFP’s VGF distribution networks, partners distributed 2,500 items of information and communication material from UNICEF at its final distribution points. Partners are also distributing soap, aqua tablets and/or hygiene kits during WFP food distributions (namely CONCERN in Gokwe North/South and the British Red Cross in Gweru). Additionally, WFP, as the lead in the UNCT-requested Logistics Cluster, is providing transportation and warehousing services to assist with the delivery of emergency medicines and items for humanitarian partners.
11 February 2009

Somalia

 WFP had a meeting with the Mayor of Mogadishu on 29 January in Nairobi during which it emphasized the need for a secure operating environment if assistance were to continue in central and southern regions. The mayor held a press conference to express support for WFP’s position. Similarly, authorities in the districts of Tieglow and Beletweyne in south/central Somalia made commitments to ensure the safety of WFP staff in the region. As part of its re-engagement strategy, once ongoing distributions are completed, WFP will provide food to only the areas where community and local authorities have expressed in writing and through the media a commitment to provide security for WFP’s staff. 
11 February 2009

Kenya

 The new PRRO 10666.0 (April 2009–March 2012) is being presented to the Executive Board for consideration this week. The operation has the capacity to respond quickly to new shocks and mobilize necessary additional support to save lives and protect livelihoods. The early release of the PRRO in late January should enable donors to confirm donations immediately.  
Food Security Analysis
11 February 2009

Sri Lanka

 A WFP rapid food security review of the Northern Province in January 2009 to do preliminary needs assessment. At present the entire population in the Vanni (estimated at 250,000) is facing a food crisis due to almost complete loss of livelihood and to the rapidly diminishing food stocks. 

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