Djibouti + 4 more

WFP Djibouti Country Brief, August 2016



  • WFP requires additional resources before the end of August to provide school meals to 18,000 school children attending schools in the rural and suburban areas near of Djibouti-city. The new school year begins in September. Without additional funding at the start of the school year, school attendance will most likely be affected.

Operational Updates

  • Djibouti is currently hosting approximately 20,000 refugees Somalia, Yemen, Eritrea and Ethiopia.
    According to UNHCR, since the crisis in Yemen started, a total of 35,862 people of mixed nationalities had arrived in Djibouti. Despiet the ongoing conflict in Yemen, UNHCR has not rpeorted any new influx of refugees in recent months. WFP continues to provide food assistance to all registered refugees living in Ali Addeh, Holl Holl and Markazi camps, in the form of general distributions, nutrition interventions and take home rations for school girls to encourage school attendance. The general distributions include a cash component to diversify refugees’ diet, increase their purchase power and boost the local markets. In August, WFP provided food assistance to 14,370 refugees living in the camps.

  • WFP provides food assistance to the rural and urban food-insecure households affected by drought in the form of general rations. In addition, WFP supports asset creation activities as part of building the resilience of affected communities. Nutrition interventions are ongoing for the prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition and for people living with HIV/AIDS and those on TB treatment.

  • According to FEWSNET, the Karan/Karma rainfall season (July to September) started a month later than normal, which prevented pastures and animal body conditions from significantly improving, particularly in the Southeast Pastoral-Border zone. However, if the abundant rains of early August hold until the end of the season, and the coastal Xays/Daada rains (October to February) start on time, the majority of poor, rural households could move from Crisis (IPC Phase 3) to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity by October 2016