WFP Egypt Country Brief, October 2020

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

US$ 3.2 m cash based transfers made

US$ 55.5 m six months (Nov 2020 – Apr 2021) net funding requirements

136,800 people assisted in October 2020

Note: cash-based transfer value and number of people assisted are estimates as assistance is ongoing at time of publication

Operational Updates

• As of 29 October 2020, a total of 107,030 COVID-19 cases and 6,234 deaths were confirmed in Egypt (WHO). The Government has warned of a gradual increase in COVID-19 cases and issued stricter enforcement of protective measures (ex. use of facemasks) in all public spaces and transportation.

• WFP transformed 12 community schools in the Luxor governorate into ‘Community Hubs’ wherein regular community schools were equipped with teaching technologies (such as a tablet, internet, a projector screen, etc.) and were physically rehabilitated. In parallel, teachers were trained on essential ICT skills to facilitate the use of the new equipment.

• In coordination with the Ministry of Education and its local departments in Qena, Fayoum, and Beni Sueif,
WFP also launched the physical assessment of 400 community schools in preparation for their transformation into ‘Community Hubs’ by March 2021.

• Together with the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s Takaful Foundation and WFP partner NGOs, 1,600 women received revolving micro-loans for income generating activities, with a total value of EGP 6.4 million in nine governorates.

• WFP extended the redemption period of general food assistance in the form of cash-based transfers for about 108,000 refugees. The assisted refugees come from nine different countries in the Middle East and North Africa

• A series of online sessions to help address questions regarding anaemia, healthy diets and misconceptions on the ‘First 1,000 Days of Life’ were promoted on WFP’s local platforms through brief “Ask an Expert” videos. The initiative is part of the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development’s and WFP’s joint project in support of mothers and children under the age of two.
Videos can be viewed on WFP’s platform here.

• Smallholder farmers in about 30 villages in the governorates Aswan, Luxor, Qena, Sohag and Assiut received awareness training sessions in areas related to agriculture and irrigation best practices. The trainings are part of WFP’s newly launched smallholders farmer’s programme, funded by the Netherlands.

• WFP is also working on the inclusion of an additional 30 other villages for the introduction of the integrated package of services provided by Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR) and WFP.
Moreover, a field visit was conducted in the Qena governorate with Nidaa Association for Development to discuss a potential collaboration in the areas of women empowerment and entrepreneurship activities.