School meals for 75,000 schoolchildren are in jeopardy from January to June 2017, due to lack of funding.
Resilience and nutrition related activities risk to be suspended from January 2017 due to insufficient funds.
In December, 3,450 Ivorian returnees that participated in asset-creation and income-generating activities received food to support their needs and the needs of their families. The amount of food distributed was higher (doubled), since the November distribution was postponed to early December and two consequent distributions took place in the same month. In addition, 3,550 participants to asset-creation activities received the cash pending from the previous months that they will use to purchase goods while fueling the local market.
Despite the forecasts, there were no new returnees from neighboring countries in December, due to the bad weather conditions, therefore food distribution activities to returnees were not implemented.
The second distribution of life-saving assistance to the displaced populations of Mount Peko that started in November was completed in December and 14,000 vulnerable people received food to address their immediate needs.
A total of 4,219 people living with HIV received rations of rice to support the needs of families of 6, thanks to the Global Funds.
The McGovern-Dole’s 5-year action plan for the school meals programme, validated by the technical committee in November, has been approved by the steering committee. A total of 125,000 students have already received hot nutritious meals. However, school meals to 75,000 students will be in jeopardy from January to June 2017 without an additional USD 1.4 million. The 10,000 girls that will receive take-home rations are in the process of being identified, as well as the 50 women smallholder farmers nearby schools.
By January 2017, the newly approved Country Programme will replace the current Development project for a 4-year period. It will contribute to support the Government to end hunger through nutrition, resilience and school meals interventions for a budget of USD 68.4 million.