WFP Emergency Report No. 41 of 2006

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 13 Oct 2006
This week's report covers the following sectors: Agriculture, Coordination and Support Services, Education, Food, Health, Infrastructure and Rehabilitation, Refugees and IDPs, Security, Shelter and Non-food Items, Water & Sanitation

(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Lebanon

(C) East & Central Africa: (1) Burundi (2) Eritrea (3) Ethiopia (4) Kenya (5) Rwanda (6) Somalia (7) Sudan (8) Tanzania (9) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Cote d'Ivoire (2) Guinea Bissau (3) Liberia (4) Mauritania

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Angola (2) Lesotho (3) Madagascar (4) Malawi (5) Mozambique (6) Namibia (7) Swaziland (8) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) Afghanistan

(G) Latin America and Caribbean: (1) Guatemala (2) Honduras

(A) Highlights

(a) WFP has officially confirmed that operations will close in Lebanon on 24 October. The decision to close operations was carried out in close consultation with the Government of Lebanon and relevant partners. During this remaining period, WFP will continue to monitor the food security situation and communicate regularly with the Government of Lebanon. During the reporting period (30 September - 6 October), WFP Lebanon dispatched a total of 1,459 tons of food commodities

(b) WFP assisted 62,380 beneficiaries with 645 tons of food in South Sudan during the reporting period (1-7 October).

(c) As the traditional "hunger season" before the April/May 2007 agricultural harvest approaches in the Southern Africa Region, WFP commodity forecasts indicate there will be critical pipeline shortfalls from November 2006 until June 2007. Due to relatively favourable harvests in most countries across the region during the 2005/06 agricultural season, vulnerable groups are only just now beginning to re-establish their resources, regain a measure of household food security, and rebuild coping mechanisms. While WFP has been able to support critically vulnerable groups and assist them on the road towards recovery during the past four years of drought like conditions, should there not be a significant improvement in the commodity and resource outlook, any previous gains that have been made will be seriously jeopardized.

(d) As a result of the volatile situation in Somalia, WFP Kenya and WFP Ethiopia are closely monitoring the influx of Somali refugees.

(e) WFP Uganda is currently conducting an Emergency Food Needs Assessment in Gulu to determine the food security situation in relation to the possible return process.

(f) Following the reduction of beneficiary numbers as per the findings of the long rains assessment, beneficiary re-targeting and registration exercises are ongoing in most districts in Kenya.

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