A delegation from Togo visited the Country Office to discuss the multisectoral implementation of the school feeding programme in Benin.
The Country Office organized events during the campaign against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence day to sensitize the staff and partners on this issue.
To date, WFP has assisted 96,765 children with school meals. However, starting next January, the programme will experience severe funding constraints.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 9 December 2016
Mr Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, today signed a new package of financial support worth EUR 184 million in the presence of the President of Benin, Mr Patrice Talon.
The package consists of direct support to the national budget and support for the decentralisation process.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Prospects favourable for 2016 cereal harvests due to adequate rainfall during cropping season
Significant downward pressure on coarse grain prices due to increased supplies from first season crop harvests
About 77 000 people in need of urgent assistance for food
Overall prospects favourable for 2016 food crops production
The country office has just launched its first cash distribution using mobile money for asset creation activities in Malanville. Nearly 850 people will receive conditional cash.
The United Nations day has been celebrated in a school supported by WFP. This has been a great opportunity to increase the visibility of WFP’s interventions in Benin.
To date, nearly 99,000 school children have been provided with school meals. However, starting next January, the programme will experience severe funding constraints.
I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The country office has started pre-positioning food commodities in the 570 schools targeted for the school feeding programme. However, lack of funding could affect distributions from January 2017 which could have a negative impact on the attendance rate.
Targeted Supplementary Feeding activities continued in the districts of Karimama where the level of acute malnutrition remains alarming.
WFP provided nutrition support to pregnant and nursing women and children under five to treat moderate acute malnutrition in the districts of Karimama and Malanville.
Despite WFP’s support, the nutritional situation remains alarming and current stock will not allow WFP to assist all the identified people in need in the coming months.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Based on the Community-based Participatory Planning which took place, assets selected by the communities are currently under construction.
After having attended the SCOPE training in June, the country office is now using this new technique to enroll and register people assisted with the Cash for Asset programme.
In June, WFP Benin assisted 100,000 school children including 45,000 girls. This food support is critical during the examination period as it allows children to better concentrate on exams preparation.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Early prospects mixed for 2016 cereal harvests
- Coarse grain prices increased significantly over last few months
- About 115 000 people in need of urgent assistance for food
Early crop prospects mixed due to rainfall deficits in parts of the country
In May, WFP Benin assisted 100,000 school children including 45,000 girls. The food basket was composed of cereals (maize and rice), beans, vegetable oil and salt).
Outcomes of the UN joint project against malnutrition study revealed that the rate of acute malnutrition is 15.1 percent in Karimama district. If confirmed by the Rapid Assessment, WFP Benin will need funding support to respond to this alarming situation.
On 25 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Benin notified WHO of an outbreak of Lassa fever (see DON published on 19 February).
On 23 May 2016, the Ministry of Health of Benin declared the end of the outbreak. The announcement came 42 days after the detection of the last Lassa fever case in the country (10 April 2016).
COTONOU, June 11 (Reuters) - Benin stepped up security patrols and roadblocks and increased border security on Saturday in the face of a threat from Islamist militants, the army chief of staff and a senior security official said.
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WFP Benin received a delegation from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) on the ground to support the country office to mainstream gender based on field experience.
Four community-based participatory planning have been conducted with the support of Cooperating Partners (CP) to identify the assets to be developed by the targeted communities through the cash for asset component of the country programme.
By Arnaud Zannou
In Benin, 800,000 people now have access to early weather warnings, thanks to the establishment of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) supported through the UNDP Climate Information and Early Warning Systems Project.
The country issued early warnings for flooding through a multi-agency committee in 2014 and 2015, using manual monitoring of river levels, data processing and information analysis. The country has also adopted a Standard Operating Procedure for the diffusion of alerts through the National Disaster Management Agency.
Limited funding will force WFP to reduce nutrition support to vulnerable people during the lean period, if new contributions are not received soon.
Since the beginning of the year, WFP Benin assisted about 100,000 school children including 45,000 girls with school meals.
Local NGO’s have been selected and trained to implement the Cash Assistance For Activities in the district of Malanville starting from April 2016
(MissionNewswire) In February 2016, volunteers from the Spanish nonprofit Ayuda Contenedores (Help Containers) and the Salesian-run Youth and Development Center joined together in Pamplona, Spain to load a food container that will be sent to Benin. The container carries 23,000 kilos of non-perishable food which was collected through a Food for Benin campaign run by several Salesian organizations in the city of Pamplona and its surrounding towns and communities.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Above-average harvest gathered in 2015 in spite of erratic precipitation in parts of the country
Cereal prices have been mostly stable in recent months, but still significantly above previous year’s levels
About 115 000 people in need of urgent assistance for food
Above-average harvest gathered in 2015
As of 19 February, 72 cases of Lassa fever and 27 deaths had been reported from eight departments. Most cases and deaths have occurred in Borgou, towards the northeast of the country.
Anticipated scope and scale
Lassa fever is endemic to Benin, but this year’s outbreak is more widespread, affecting eight out of 12 departments and including 72 cases (of which six are confirmed). The case fatality rate (CFR) is 33% (27 reported deaths).
Almost 5 million Beninese are expected at the polls on 6 March 2016 for the first round of the presidential elections. 32 candidates, including two women, are running to succeed current President Boni Yayi.
“Benin has cemented its reputation as a country willing to undertake peaceful transitions,” said Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa, during his recent visit to Benin.