WFP's Operational Priorities - 30 Jun 2007

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 30 Jun 2007
High Profile Operations

Many high profile operations also face critical pipeline breaks in the next three months.

Afghanistan

PRRO 10427.0 - Post Conflict Relief and Rehabilitation

January 06 - December 08

Shortfalls over next 6 months (mt)(1)

Cereals
Pulses
Blended Food
Oil
Other
27,910
1,237
507
0
0
Sep-07
Nov-07
Nov-07
n/a
n/a

Resourcing US$

Beneficiary Needs
Total Mobilised
Shortfall
Shortfall %
Tot. Project
377,565,149
202,614,342
174,950,807
46%
2007
168,265,102
64,567,669
103,697,433
62%

The combination of two decades of war, civil unrest and recurring natural disasters in one of the world's poorest countries requires WFP's presence in Afghanistan through a PRRO and a Special Operation.

Severe weather conditions, like the recent rains and flash floods, cause major challenges for WFP and other UN agencies in delivering humanitarian relief to needy populations. Heavy rain has destroyed infrastructures and is blocking roads and restricting populations' access to markets and other social services while seriously hampering food deliveries.

Food movement from Spinboldak to Hirat route (through Kandahar-Farah province) continues to be suspended due to the increasing security concerns over the last weeks. WFP's office in Hirat has not received any food since the beginning of June; stocks of wheat are critically low at 550 mt. Some 770,000 beneficiaries under various activities, including those affected by floods and engaged in food for training, will be impacted if the situation continues.

Afghan deportees continue to flow into Afghanistan. Since 21 April nearly 100,000 deportees have entered the country. The United Nations have launched a joint CERF Appeal of US$ 5.9 million to cover the needs of deportee families for an initial period of three months (June to August 2007). As a part of this appeal, WFP has requested US$ 1.5 million to cover food needs of about 20,000 people so far, with an average of 80 new families expected each day in the coming months. Meanwhile, WFP continues to provide an emergency food relief to deportee families in Farah province and in the transit centre in Herat with its stocks available in the country. WFP has also planned to provide cooked food for two days to an average of 50 deportees entering through Islam Qala.

For the next six months the overall operation still remains underfunded. Long lead time from contribution to food delivery, delays in export permissions (for Pakistan wheat), and insecurity further hinder WFP's response.

WFP requires additional contributions in order to ensure distribution of cereals, pulses and high energy biscuits for next six months. This needs an immediate response from donors to avoid disrupting implementation of key activities.