WFP The Gambia Brief: Reporting period: 01 January – 31 March 2015

Situation Report
Originally published


Summary of WFP assistance: WFP supports the government in pursuing both development and humanitarian objectives. While WFP is committed to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable, it is also assisting the government in its efforts to meet national priorities and contribute to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

WFP started a Development Project 200327 in August 2012, with the goal of establishing the foundation for a transition towards a nationally owned and managed sustainable school feeding programme. The project, which focuses on capacity development, also aims to ensure that the gains seen in increasing access to education under previous development projects are consolidated and improved upon, especially in regions with significantly low rates of enrollment and retention.

WFP started implementing a Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) 200557 in June 2013 as a follow up to IR-EMOP 200411 (Immediate Response - Emergency Operation) and EMOP 200421 in 2013 that provided food assistance to drought and flood affected populations across the country.

PRRO 200557 began in response to high malnutrition levels and aims to enable the recovery of households after two climatic shocks in 2011 and 2012. The goal of the operation is to enable communities impacted by the two emergencies to fully recover from the shocks, meet their daily food requirements and prevent deterioration of the nutritional and health situation. Components of the operation include blanket and targeted supplementary feeding assistance to children 6-59 months; targeted supplementary feeding for pregnant and lactating mothers; livelihood activities with cash transfers as the modality of assistance for vulnerable households in the targeted communities; and supporting the national disaster risk reduction agenda and enhance government capacity in emergency preparedness and response.