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WFP News: The Newsletter of the World Food Programme in West Africa - May 2011

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WFP’s response to the post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire

In the aftermath of the November 2010 presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire, hundreds of thousands of Ivoirians fled their homes in fear of violence. More than 800,000 people have been displaced in Côte d’Ivoire, and another 175,000 Ivorians have fled to Liberia. Tens of thousands of Ivoirians have also fled to other neighbouring countries.

Côte d’Ivoire: An emergency operation will assist 628,000 people for six months. Activi-ties include emergency school feeding; assistance to IDPs, returnees and host populations; assistance to malnourished children under 5 and pregnant and nursing women; blanket feeding for children; and assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS. The operation has a budget of US$ 40 million, and it currently faces a shortfall of US$ 20 million (50%).

Liberia: An emergency operation will assist 186,000 people for six months, including 150,000 refugees and 36,000 vulnerable members of the host population. The operation has a budget of US$ 32 million, and it currently faces a shortfall of US$ 7.6 million (24%). The operation currently faces huge pipeline breaks in cereals and corn-soya blend (CSB).

Ghana: A three-month emergency operation will reach 10,000 refugees staying in camps. The operation has a budget of US$ 498,541.

WFP has launched airlifts and is undertaking regional food purchases to provide urgently needed food assistance to Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia from Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Ghana.

WFP is also implementing a regional operation to strengthen logistics and telecommunica-tions capacities for the humanitarian community in order to ensure an effective response to the crisis. The operation has a budget of US$ 11.3 million, and it currently faces a shortfall of US$ 7.5 million (67%).