WFP Algeria urgently requires an additional USD 5.6 million to ensure food distribution to vulnerable Sahrawi refugees for the next six months.
Due to funding shortfalls in 2016, WFP Algeria does not have sufficient funds to continue food distribution in January 2017.
PRRO 200301 will be extended by three months until 31 March 2017.
The Western Sahara refugee crisis ranks top among forgotten crises, according to the ECHO Forgotten Crisis Assessment 2015.
Though food distributions for early 2017 have not yet been assured, due to significant funding constraints, WFP was able to provide full food rations for December. The monthly calorie intake for December reached a daily average of 2,128 kcal per person. WFP distributed 125,000 rations consisting of 8 kg of wheat flour, 2.5 kg barley, 1.5 kg rice, 2 kg pulses, 1 kg sugar and 1 kg corn-soy blend and 0.92 kg of vegetable oil.
Under its nutrition activity, in December, WFP distributed daily rations of 100 g CSB+, 10 g vegetable oil, and 7.5 g sugar to treat 541 malnourished pregnant women and nursing mothers. WFP provided PlumpySup to 645 malnourished children, each receiving 92 g per day for 31 days. For the prevention of malnutrition of approximately 7,690 Pregnant and Lactating Mothers (PLW) received Micronutrient Powder (MNPs). In addition, as part of an initiative to improve PLW’s micronutrient intake, and as an incentive to attend health screenings, 8,769 women received a daily ration of 13.7 g of cheese, received as in-kind contribution.