WFP Mosul Response: Results of Food Assistance, Food Security Outcome Monitoring - February 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 28 Feb 2017

This report presents findings collected from displaced Iraqis who recently fled eastern Mosul for camps in nearby areas. Interviews were conducted within the first two days of arrival to camps from Mosul prior to receiving WFP assistance and then after beneficiaries received and utilized food assistance to measure the results of the WFP emergency response.

Highlights

  • Overall, there was improvement across all food security outcomes following the receipt of WFP food assistance
  • Fewer people are going hungry – the percentage of households who are eating adequately has more than doubled from baseline to post-distribution monitoring and very few families surveyed had poor food consumption following the receipt of WFP assistance (39 to 0 percent before and after respectively)
  • Dietary diversity, or the quality of a household diet, improved immensely as beneficiaries were able to consume cereals every day and consume legumes, vegetables and proteins twice as often
  • WFP assistance helped contribute to less families resorting to damaging or harmful practices in order to eat. Usage of the two more extreme coping strategies, ‘borrow food or relying on help from friends or relatives’ and ‘reduce quantities consumed by adults/mothers so young children can eat’ both decreased dramatically from usage of about two times a week to less than once a week, showing families are less stressed in relation to the consumption of food
  • Livelihoods coping strategy usage also decreased with families less likely to ‘buy food on credit’, ‘borrow money’, ‘reduce essential non-food expenditures’ and ‘withdraw children from school’
  • About 90 percent of families rely on WFP food assistance as the main source of cereals and legumes. Food assistance likely freed up resources for the household to have a better quality and diverse diet.