Gambia Food Insecurity - Revised Emergency Appeal n° MDRGM008

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Revised Emergency appeal n° MDRGM008 - GLIDE n° OT-2012-00046-GMB - 2 July 2012

This Emergency Appeal was initially on 27 April 2012 seeking CHF 1,859,746 in cash, kind or services to support the Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) to assist 8,500 households (51,000 beneficiaries) for 8 months. CHF 185,974 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to initiate the activities.

This Revised Appeal now seeks CHF 1,100,051 in cash, kind, or services to support the GRCS to assist 5,778 households (34,668 beneficiaries).

The initial 8 month timeframe remains the same, and the operation will be completed by the end of December 2012. A final report will be made available by the end of March 2013 (three months after completion).


The erratic nature of the unevenly distributed rainfall during the 2011/12 cropping season led to a significant decline and low quality of agricultural production across much of The Gambia. This has resulted in decreased food security and impacted household coping strategies, leaving them vulnerable to food shortages.

The emergency appeal launched in April 2012 aimed to mitigate the impact of these food shortages at household level for 8,500 households in the North Bank and Lower River Regions by implementing a targeted relief and recovery operation focused on preventing malnutrition, decreasing the use of negative coping strategies and increasing resilience at community level. The appeal included the direct purchase and distribution of rice and oil by the GRCS, which represented nearly 75% of the original budget.

Between April and June 2012 the WFP distributed food rations in the 19 most affected districts of the country, including those initially targeted by the GRCS in the North Bank and Lower River regions. In addition, the Government of the Gambia will be distributing rice seeds to the 19 hardest hit districts. At the same time, the results of a multi-sectoral inter-agency assessment showed that the situation in the 5 districts that had previously been identified as moderately or borderline affected in the post harvest evaluation had continued to deteriorate, necessitating their inclusion among districts targeted for further food security assistance.

The GRCS therefore readjusted its plan of action to support the communities that required assistance in two districts of the Lower River and North Bank regions. Working in coordination with the government, and other organizations, GRCS will address the selected communities’ emergency and longer-term needs, along the IFRC’s “twin-track” approach.