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26 Nov 2016 description

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

24 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • 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.

21 Oct 2016 description

Highlights

  • 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.

16 Sep 2016 description

Highlights

  • 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.

03 Aug 2016 description

Highlights

  • 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.

02 Aug 2016 description

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

01 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • 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.

14 Jun 2016 description

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).

12 Jun 2016 description

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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03 Jun 2016 description

Highlights

  • 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.

23 May 2016 description

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.

22 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • 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

Operational Updates

08 Apr 2016 description
report Salesian Missions

(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.

21 Mar 2016 description

Cotonou, Benin | AFP | 3/21/2016 - 04:00

by Benjamin AGON

Businessman Patrice Talon won the second round of Benin's presidential election on Sunday, his adversary and incumbent Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou told AFP before the release of official results.

"The provisional results point to a decisive victory for Patrice Talon," Zinsou told AFP by telephone. "The difference is significant, (Talon's) electorial victory is certain.

10 Mar 2016 description

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

08 Mar 2016 description

Cotonou, Benin | AFP | Tuesday 3/8/2016 - 13:16 GMT

by Benjamin AGON

Benin's presidential election looks set to be a second-round run-off between Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and businessman Patrice Talon, the country's electoral commission indicated on Tuesday.

Zinsou won 28.4 percent of votes in Sunday's first round, with Talon on 24.8 percent of ballots and business leader Sebastien Ajavon third with 23.03 percent in a record field of 33 candidates.

06 Mar 2016 description

Cotonou, Benin | AFP | Sunday 3/6/2016 - 08:25 GMT

by Cecile de Comarmond and Benjamin Agon

Benin went to the polls Sunday to choose a new president from a record field of 33 candidates but with concerns about the distribution of voters' cards that already forced a two-week delay.

Polling began at 0600 GMT in the tiny West African nation, with international observers assessing the atmosphere as "very calm and very relaxed". Voting was due to end nine hours later.

04 Mar 2016 description

Cotonou, Benin | AFP | Friday 3/4/2016 - 15:17 GMT

by Cecile DE COMARMOND

A record 33 candidates are standing in Benin's presidential election on Sunday, with five considered favourites, including a former premier and two of the country's most powerful businessmen.

High youth unemployment, corruption and education are all expected to be key issues in what analysts have called the country's most unpredictable election since the arrival of multi-party democracy in the country in 1990.