Sahel 2012: Cluster Strategic Indicators - Food Assistance, May 2012

PERIOD: MAY 2012

WFP Sahel response

In May, WFP and its partners provided vital food and nutrition assistance to 2.9 million vulnerable people, over one million of which are children and women. Activities were focused on providing emergency assistance, building the resilience of communities and mitigating the risk of increased malnutrition-related mortality and morbidity among children and pregnant women and nursing mothers. Interventions that are context-specific and based on assessed needs, WFP and partners are accompanying vulnerable households through the lean season and beyond the harvest.

A key success factor for the support provided in May was the broad base of partnerships with governments and international and local non-governmental organizations who provide technical know-how, local knowledge and complementary inputs. On the other hand, operations in Chad continue to be affected by the lack of sufficient security escorts for commodities coming through the Sudan corridor; the instability and security constraints in Mali have caused delays in the scaling-up of activities. As the rainy season approaches and access to communities may be hampered due to impassable roads, much effort continues to be made to preposition commodities to ensure for the coming months to ensure the provision of much needed assistance.

Food security:

  • 1.8 million people received food security support. Severely food insecure people including 160,000 Malian refugees received unconditional targeted food and cash. These activities are expected to further increase in June and July, when the lean season marks its peak and needs are greatest among already vulnerable communities. In The Gambia, the second distribution for nearly 50,000 food insecure people was completed the first week in June. Also within the framework of food security support, 1.3 million women and men participated in food and cash for work (conditional) activities such as soil rehabilitation, community assets regeneration and hedge reconstruction to protect agricultural land etc.

  • Some 500,000 people in May received their ration in the form of cash, a modality that is being scaled up.

Nutrition:

Nutrition activities aimed at treating children and women with moderate acute malnutrition as well as preventing those in high risk areas from falling into moderate acute malnutrition. These activities were carried out hand in hand with national counterparts, international and national NGO partners and sister UN agencies. As a result, nearly 500,000 children under two and pregnant and nursing mothers benefitted from blanket supplementary feeding, while over 500,000 children and women with MAM received treatment to improve their nutrition status, and hence reduce their risk of morbidity and mortality. For additional details, see the nutrition cluster annex.

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