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Hunger's global hotspots: 12 Nov 2008

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Rome, 12 November 2008 - Facts, figures and the latest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.


- As part ofJuly GoA/UN joint appeal intervention, WFP has begun food delivery to high food price and drought affected people in eastern region. Under this programme 4.5 million people will benefit from 198,000 mt of WFP food assistance both in rural and urban areas in most parts of the country. In addition, 500,000 malnourished children (6-59 months) and lactating and pregnant women will benefit from the joint appeal.


- There are reports of high malnutrition rates in the Kanem region, an area targeted by the WFP country programme in central and western Chad. The nutritional survey conducted by the NGO, "Action Contre la Faim" (ACF), in September 2008, placed the global acute malnutrition rate at 20 percent among the under five population.


- The summit hosted by the African Union and backed by the UN in Nairobi on 7 November brought together the UNSG Ban Ki-Moon, Presidentsof DRC and Rwanda, as well as the leaders of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and South Africa. In their joint statement, the Heads of State called for an immediate ceasefire and setting up a humanitarian corridor throughout North Kivu so that the humanitarian crisis and tragedy can be addressed. They also called on the UN and all humanitarian agencies assisting those affected to continue to sustain and increase their support.WFP will increase its assistance to IDPs if these recommendations are well implemented.

- WFP took advantage of the relative calm that prevails in areas around Goma to simultaneously distribute food to IDPs in six camps. The operation started on 5 November for three days. 540 mt of food were distributed to approximately 135,000 beneficiaries for 10 days.

OMC Regional EMOP - Iraq/Syria

- WFP is working together with UNICEF, WHO and FAO in putting together a joint project proposal for funding under the Spanish MDG Fund under the thematic window on Children, Food Security and Nutrition.


- The refugee operation continues to report an influx in the number of Somali refugees into Kenya. 56,000 new arrivals have been reported since January 2008. The increase has resulted in significant congestion and increased risk of disease in the Dadaab camps that hosts up to 220,000 refugees.

- Destruction of property and loss of lives especially in the eastern parts of Kenya have been witnessed following the onset of the short rains season countrywide. The rains are likely to negatively affect the food security situation especially for farmers who planted early and have had their crops destroyed; food deliveries to refugee camps and areas covered by the emergency operation is also likely to be disrupted due to roads inaccessibility.

Occupied Palestinian Territories

- Strikes declared by the General Union of Palestinian Teachers and by the health sector were extended to the end of 2008. A meeting of UN Agencies will take place this week at OCHA to discuss the impact of these strikes on the Palestinian population and how the UN can mitigate their effects.


- In view of the upcoming deyr seasonal harvest (short rains) expected from late December 2008 through January 2008, WFP is reviewing its food distribution plan focusing on probable reduction of relief assistance in November and possible suspension of relief food distributions in some areas during the harvest period.

Sri Lanka

- The Fifth convoy with 40 trucks, carrying 600 mtof mixed food commodities is set for dispatch on 10 November.


- Over 44,000 people in Maban, Upper Nile State, have been displaced by severe floods. WFP is mobilizing the delivery of 700 mt of food to assist the flood victims. Some 4,500 people have been provided with 73 mt of food. However, poor road conditions have made access difficult. Urgent road repairs are ongoing on the Malakal - Maban road so as to reach those who have been cut off.


- As of 31 October 2008, over 4.6 million people were registered (all categories, eligible or not for food assistance) under the Vulnerable Group Feeding Programme (VGF). The number of people confirmed to be in the worst food insecure categories (1 and 2) and presently eligible for assistance is higher than initially anticipated.

- October 2008 preliminary figures show that over 1.5 million beneficiaries received food assistance under the VGF progamme and over 530,000 under the Safety Net (SN).

- In November 2008, WFP aims to assist 4 million beneficiaries: some 3.35 million under the VGF withcirca 39,000 mt of food and over 600,000 beneficiaries under the Safety Net with some 6,500 mt of food.

- WFP plans to assist the most food insecure categories (1 and 2) under the VGF programme from November 2008 onwards and, if resources permit, scale-up to assist category 3 beneficiaries (who face a food deficit of 3-6 months during the consumption year) in January 2009.

- WFP has cut rations for November 2008 distributionsin an attempt to reach as many beneficiaries as possible with the little resources currently available and the resources pledged. The cereal ration will be cut from 12 kg to 10 kg per person per month and pulses from 1.8 kg to 1 kg per person per month for all VGF and SN take home rations.A Food Aid Coordination meeting will be held this week to sensitize donors to WFP's lack of resources as of January 2009 and to discuss prioritisation strategies for December 2008 in view of same.