Food Insecurity: DREF Operation no. MDRML008

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CHF 174,092 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 8,200 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: According to the draft report of Mali’s Early Warning System (EWS), for the 2011/2012 agricultural production year, a total of 703 communes, 104 (population 1.7M) are faced with food difficulties and 55 communes (population 1.2M) with economic difficulties. This is due to a significant decrease in agro-pastoral and fishing income, coupled with an increase in basic cereal prices. The two most affected regions are Timbuktu and Kayes.

The DREF enables the Mali Red Cross (CRM) to undertake timely response by distributing food in order to protect the economy of target households and thereby reduce their overall vulnerability. In coordinating the response with other actors, the distribution targets two communes in Kayes: Tafacirga and Fegui.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three (3) months, and will therefore be completed by 9 April, 2012; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 9 July, 2012).