WFP Djibouti Country Brief, May 2021


In Numbers

187mt of food assistance distributed

USD 104,169 cash-based transfers made

USD 2.7 m six months (May – October 2021) net funding requirements

70,660 people assisted in May 2021

Operational Updates

In May, WFP provided assistance to over 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, in coordination with UNHCR and the National Office for the Assistance to Refugees and Disaster-Stricken People (ONARS), provided food assistance to 20,000 refugees through SCOPE cards in the Ali Addeh, Holl Holl (South), and Markazi (North) refugee settlements. Thanks to new resources, WFP Djibouti increased the cash portion of the food assistance from DJF 500 (2.8 USD) to DJF 1000 (5.6 USD) per person per month in the Southern camps.

Subsequently, the quantity of wheat flour of the food basket decreased from 300g to 200g per day per person in order to cover 1,874 kcal per day per person. In the North, refugees have been receiving 100 percent cash through SCOPE cards since August 2020.

WFP in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Solidarities (MASS), provided SCOPE cards to 4,000 vulnerable households in Djibouti city enabling them to access food from 19 selected retailers.

COVID-19 response: In Djibouti city, WFP launched voucher distributions targeting 6,080 households affected by the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

A total of 187 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 into the social protection system at the Government’s help desk.

Food Assistance for Assets: In May, WFP provided conditional food assistance to 8,825 beneficiaries in rural areas for their participation in the construction of 1,130 agricultural perimeters and soil regeneration activities.

Nutrition: WFP and UNICEF have signed a memorandum of understanding, aimed at strengthening their partnership to support the Government of Djibouti in optimizing the regular and emergency programs in nutrition, maternal and child health, education, and social protection.

Capacity building For the school year 2020-2021, WFP is engaged in vocational training programme related to logistics, transport, and customs sectors. Every month, WFP provides training to 400 youth identified as food insecure. This is intended to equip them with skills to have access to the job market.

Vocational trainings sessions started in May 2021 targeting 20 participants from the Region of Dikhil. In addition, WFP Djibouti finalized data collection for the logistics and transport sectors survey. This will define the logistics skills required by the private sector in Djibouti. WFP is now revising the curricula of logistics courses with the Ministry of Education to address the private sector’s requirements and design appropriate vocational trainings.