WFP Egypt Country Brief, April 2021

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

US$ 4.08 m cash-based transfers made

US$ 51.7 m six month (June – November 2021) net funding requirements

361,800 people assisted in April 2021

Operational Updates

• As of 30 April 2021, a total of 227,552 COVID-19 cases and 13,339 deaths were confirmed in Egypt (Worldometers Egypt).

• Together with the Ministry of Education (MOE), WFP assisted about 33,500 families of community school children across seven governorates with cash redeemable at local retail shops. The assistance aims to protect the food security of vulnerable families from the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic.

• WFP and MOE also jointly developed awarenessraising material such as posters to promote the various national educational portals available for primary school children to enhance online and distance learning. These efforts contribute to the Ministry’s vision to promote digital learning, particularly in time of COVID-19.

• To economically empower women, WFP, in partnership with the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MOSS) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), provided 500 women with micro-loans for the launch or expansion of income-generating activities at a total value of US$ 191,400 (EGP 3 million) in ten governorates.

• WFP, in collaboration with Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW), conducted training of trainers for NCW staff and local NGOs on women enterprise, marketing, gender and micro-finance in the governorates of Bani Sueif and Assiut. The trainers are now carrying forth these trainings to women in the poorest villages identified through the national initiative, “Decent Life”. In April, a total of 320 women in the two governorates were trained.

• WFP provided food assistance through cash-based transfers to about 117,300 registered refugees (from nine different countries) to help secure their basic food needs.

• As part of the ‘First 1,000 days’ national nutrition programme and WFP’s COVID-19 emergency response, WFP, in collaboration with MOSS, provided cash transfers to about 24,000 vulnerable Egyptian children under two years of age registered under the national social protection programme, ‘Takaful and Karama’