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Vulnerable People In Mauritania At Risk Of Missing Out On Life-Saving Support

NOUAKCHOTT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warns that without urgent financial support, it will be forced to suspend its vital food and nutrition assistance as of September to 415,000 vulnerable Mauritanians who are already struggling to have enough food to eat to lead a healthy life as the lean season sets in.

“We have already had to reduce food rations and narrow our areas of interventions from eight regions to six regions. Now we face the dire prospect of having to suspend our activities in support of vulnerable local populations altogether as of September if assistance does not come in time. This means that 415,000 people will miss out on food and cash assistance, and activities to tackle malnutrition,” said Janne Suvanto, WFP Country Director.

“We know that during the lean season – June to September – people gradually deplete their resources and need support. The latest food assessment led by the Government showed that 146,000 people are in severe food insecurity; and close to 500,000 people are at risk of becoming severely food insecure during the lean season unless they receive urgent assistance,” added Suvanto.

Though the 2016 agricultural production outlook points to a better food security situation compared to previous years, WFP is concerned that the lean season will push more people into food insecurity and malnutrition.

WFP requires US$ 10.2 million to respond to the needs of vulnerable local populations in Mauritania until the end of the year.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address:
Enrico Piano, WFP/Nouakchott, +222 26891399
Adel Sarkozi, WFP/Dakar, +221 776375964