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WFP Djibouti Country Brief, November 2016



  • Significant funding shortfalls continue to threaten WFP’s ability to maintain assistance to refugees and vulnerable populations in drought-affected and urban areas. New funding is urgently required to avert possible breaks in cash-based transfers for refugees in January 2017.

Operational Updates

  • Thanks to a recent contribution of 60 mt of rice from the Djibouti’s Office National D’assistance Aux réfugiés et Sinistrés (ONARS) to the school meals programme, under the Development Operation, cereal shortfalls in the second quarter of the school year have been averted.

  • In November, WFP assisted 18,086 boys and girls attending pre-primary and primary schools in the rural areas through the school meals programme. .

  • Djibouti is currently hosting approximately 18,500 refugees from Somalia, Yemen, Eritrea and Ethiopia. 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 November, WFP provided food assistance to 18,500 refugees living in the camps.

  • WFP provides food assistance to the rural and urban food-insecure households affected by drought through general rations in the form of in-kind and cash-based transfers. 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. In November, WFP reached a total of 42,880 vulnerable people, with food and cash interventions.

  • According to FEWSNET, the Xays/Daada coastal rains (October to February) have been near average, further improving pastures and livestock body conditions across the country, except in localized areass, such as Tadjourha. Rural and urban populations are now in stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity, except the refugee population, which faces crisis (IPC Phase 3). Due to improvements in rangeland conditions even in southeast border areas and north of Obock City, pastoralists are largely now able to sell milk and goats, improving incomes and access to food.