WFP Benin Country Brief, May 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 31 May 2017 View Original

Highlights

  • On 2 May, a delegation from Saudi Arabia visited Benin for the donation ceremony of 30 tons of dates to WFP supported school meals programme.

  • A total of 6,424 mt of food commodities are being delivered in Niger through the supply corridor of Benin.

  • Food deliveries for the last quarter of the school year took place. WFP provides school meals to 101,297 children for 21 days instead of 55 during this last trimester.

Operational Updates

Official ceremony for date donation in primary schools canteen’s supported by WFP in Benin

A delegation from Saudi Arabia visited Benin from 1 to 3 May for the donation ceremony of 30 tons of dates to the Government of Benin through WFP. The dates have been distributed to 102,000 schoolchildren from public primary schools assisted by WFP.

Supply chain Activities

Benin supply corridor facilitated the delivery of 6,424 mt of rice, oil, lentils and CSB+ (SuperCereal) to Niger (Agadez, Diffa, Tahoua and Zinder in the northern region) in May 2017. It also delivered to WFP warehouses 230 mt of maize and beans purchased on the local market for the school meals programme.

Food delivery

Food deliveries for the last trimester have been carried out in 562 schools. The available tonnage is only covering 21 school days (out of 55) for 101,297 children.

Following a request from the Government, the country office is gearing up to support the implementation of the National Programme with government financial support. A total of 321,000 schoolchildren will be added to the current 102,000 people assisted by WFP, an increase from 562 to 2,136 schools. All the commodities will need to be purchased and delivered to the schools before the 2017/2018 school year begins.