Congo

WFP Republic of Congo Country Brief, December 2016

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Situation Report
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Highlights

  • The School Feeding Programme faces a critical funding gap. The new school year started in October, however, there is currently no food available for the school canteens. WFP’s Social Safety Net programme is also in the urgent need of funding.
  • Funded by the European Union, WFP, FAO and IFAD have launched a small-holder farmers’ project with the Government to promote a home grown school feeding programme.
  • WFP has initiated an Immediate Response Emergency Operation following the Government’s request to provide humanitarian assistance to the displaced people in the pool department following fighting between security forces and the "Ninjas" militia.

WFP Assistance

WFP supports the Government through School Feeding: WFP aims to promote access to education by ensuring that primary school children have a balanced diet using local products. WFP provides capacity building to the Government for school feeding policy development. The policy aims to define the vision and provide guidance and a handover strategy. Since the introduction of the ‘Observe, React, Act’ (ORA) in 2014, WFP has assisted 3,500 additional indigenous children with school meals in 2015.

Social Safety Net: WFP is supporting the Government to establish a social safety net for vulnerable households by providing electronic voucher transfers. Through this programme, WFP has distributed vouchers to 3,000 people in newly selected areas, Sibiti and Owando. The safety net programme is a conditional electronic voucher transfer to malnourished individuals under treatment for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB). Vouchers are also provided to malnourished pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who are undertaking scheduled visits to health centers either for consultations or for child vaccination programmes. The program faces a critical resource shortfall and transfers have been suspended from October 2016.

Nutrition: WFP provides specialized food to children under the age of five, pregnant and breastfeeding women to prevent chronic malnutrition and improve nutritional recovery among people living with HIV/AIDS or TB and receiving treatment.

Disaster and Risk Management: WFP provides technical support to the Government to strengthen disaster and risk management.

The Regional Emergency Operation (EMOP) is in line with WFP’s Strategic Objective 1: “Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies.” It aims to improve food consumption, reduce undernutrition and restore access to basic services of populations affected by the December 2013 conflict in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). The EMOP spans five affected countries (C.A.R., Cameroon, Chad, DRC and RoC) and addresses the urgent needs of internally displaced populations, refugees, returnees, host communities as well as affected local populations in C.A.R.