WFP Djibouti Country Brief, March 2018

from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Mar 2018

In Numbers

274.8 MT of food assistance distributed

US$150,227 m cash based transfers made

US$10.7 m six months (April- September 2018) net funding requirements

47,000 people assisted in March 2018

Operational Updates

• Djibouti is hosting approximately 26,300 refugees from Somalia, Yemen, Eritrea and Ethiopia, of which 21,100 reside in camps. WFP continues to provide assistance to all registered refugees and asylum seekers living in Ali Addeh, Holl Holl and Markazi camps in form of general distributions, nutrition support, take home rations for school girls to encourage school attendance, and a cash transfer component as part of the general distribution.
Cash transfers have contributed to the diversification of refugees’ diet, increase in purchasing power and enhancement of local markets.

• In March 2018, WFP provided food assistance to 47,000 people including refugees, asylum seekers, vulnerable local households and school children in rural and urban areas. WFP provided food assistance to rural and urban food insecure households affected by drought in the form of general rations. Nutrition interventions are also ongoing for the prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition, for people living with HIV/AIDS and those on tuberculosis treatment.

• According to FEWSNET, the cumulative performance of the Xays/Daada rains (October to February) was slightly below-average, but together with favorable 2017 Karan/Karma rainfall, there has been marked improvements of livestock ownership across Djibouti, (except in Dikhil region), as well as in households’ income which has led to increased access to food and milk. The majority of the poor households are expected to remain in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) through May 2018, ahead of the lean season.