• WFP has reached over 1 million with food assistance in Eastern, Southern and North Western Zones of Tigray.
• WFP has delivered 40,000 metric tons of food for the Government and partners to Tigray.
• High levels of malnutrition have been reported in Tigray, WFP is scaling up its nutrition response across 70 woredas.
• WFP has installed 17 Mobile Storage Units representing 4,400 sqm of storage space in North Western Zone.
WFP is alarmed at the impact of conflict on already high levels of hunger in Tigray. Ahead of the results of a new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis assessing levels of hunger across Tigray, WFP is highly concerned with the increasing number of people in need of nutrition support and emergency food assistance. Currently, an estimated 5.2 million people, 91 percent of Tigray’s population, need emergency food assistance. Furthermore, WFP and partners are concerned about livelihood prospects following the disruption of agricultural and food production activities in the Region. In addition, households have reported limited access to land, loss of livestock and limited seeds for farming.
Conflict has interrupted or delayed some food distributions throughout the Region. WFP is working closely with partners, local leaders and communities to improve access and deliver the life-saving food and nutrition support to end growing hunger and malnutrition in Tigray.
The level of acute malnutrition among women and children are on the rise. According to the nutrition cluster, almost 50 percent of pregnant or nursing mothers in 53 villages were either moderately or acutely malnourished. Almost a quarter of all children who were screened were found to be malnourished. Food insecurity is particularly alarming with a high risk of mass severe acute malnutrition looming in the next few months if not addressed immediately. This week, nearly 11,000 children under the age of five were screened for acute malnutrition, of whom about 2000 (nearly 18 per cent) were identified as moderately malnourished, and about 500 children (4.5 per cent) were identified as severely malnourished.
Humanitarian access has improved since early February with the adoption of blanket clearance system by the Government of Ethiopia enabling WFP staff and cargo movements into Tigray .