WFP Djibouti Country Brief, July 2021


In Numbers

171.8 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 574,838 cash-based transfers made

USD 2.5 m six months (July – December 2021) net funding requirements

69,773 people assisted in July 2021

Operational Updates

In June, WFP provided assistance to approximately 70,000 people, including refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, and vulnerable households in rural and urban areas, through unconditional in-kind food distributions and cash-based transfers (CBT) to meet their immediate food needs.

General food assistance

• WFP working in collaboration with UNHCR and the National Office for the Assistance to Refugees and Disaster-Stricken People (ONARS), provided food assistance to 19,200 refugees through SCOPE cards in Ali Addeh, Holl Holl (South), and Markazi (North) refugee settlements.

• Thanks to new contributions, WFP reinstated the cash component of the food assistance from DJF 500 (2.8 USD) to DJF 1,000 (5.6 USD) per person per month in the Southern camps.
Subsequently, WFP reduced the quantity of wheat flour in the food basket as the measure was taken earlier this year to mitigate the reduction of cash. In the North, introduction of SCOPE cards since August 2020, has improved the transparency and accountability to beneficiaries assisted.

• WFP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Solidarity (MASS), distributed food rations to 2,574 local vulnerable households in Djibouti city through SCOPE cards.

COVID-19 response

• In July, a total of 5,864 households affected by the impact of COVID-19 pandemic received general food assistance through vouchers in Djibouti. In the County Town, WFP distributed vouchers to 550 households out of the targeted 1,600: this activity will be ongoing for 6 months.

• A total of 182 households with at least one family member living with HIV, received food assistance through voucher valued at 10,000 DJF (56 USD). Cooperating partners also provided psychosocial assistance and distributed masks through established support groups. These beneficiaries were also encouraged to enroll in the social protection system at the Government’s help desk.

• In addition, 185 households affected by the impact of COVID-19 received vouchers funded by UNICEF in Djibouti City through WFP contracted retailers.

Food Assistance for Assets (FFA)

• Thanks to funding from the French Embassy, WFP rehabilitated a total of 17 gardens damaged by the 2019 floods in Tadjourah Region. WFP assisted 85 gardeners by providing construction material and bi-monthly food assistance.

• In Douda, WFP handed over the repaired pumps to the Ministry of Agriculture and to the members of the cooperative.