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WFP Djibouti Country Brief, March 2019

Situation Report
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In Numbers

264.8 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 3.6 m Six months (April 2019-September 2019) net funding requirements

42,600 people assisted in March 2019

Operational Updates

• Djibouti is hosting approximately 29,200 refugees from Somalia, Yemen, Eritrea and Ethiopia, of which 21,100 reside in settlements. WFP provides assistance to all registered refugees and asylum seekers living in Ali Addeh, Holl Holl and Markazi camps in the form of inkind general distributions, nutrition support and a cash transfer component as part of the general distribution.

• In March 2019, WFP provided food assistance to approximately 42,600 people, including refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable local households in rural and urban areas affected by the drought through general rations in order to meet their immediate food needs.

• Nutrition distributions in health centers resumed following the signing of the MoU with the Ministry of Health in December 2018. Nutrition interventions commenced in February 2019, for the prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition for Pregnant and lactating women and girls, for children aged 6-59 months, and for people living with HIV/AIDS and those on tuberculosis treatment.

• WFP shared vocational training plans and the budget for the renovation of the Balbala’s transport and logistics training platform, which is part of the vocational training programme targeting Government staff.

• In order to establish a partnership with the World Bank, WFP met with the World Bank and the Ministry of Finance and the Economy to put in place development packages for health, education, protection intervention and hydroponic solutions. The hydroponic solutions will be piloted in selected villages in Djibouti and will aim to promote innovative methods that would encourage fodders production for livestock feed and provide economic and income-generating opportunities through the sale of milk and livestock.

• Thanks to the generous contribution from the European Union, WFP in close collaboration with the State Secretariat for Social Affairs (SEAS) launched the urban cash distribution for over 1,800 households in March 2019. This assistance is transferred through WFP SCOPE Platform. SCOPE platform allows WFP to manage the identities and entitlements of its beneficiaries, allowing better monitoring and a more effective programme cycle.