WFP The Gambia Country Brief, August 2018

Situation Report
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In Numbers

175 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 0 cash-based transfers made

US$ 3.17 m six months (September 2018-February 2019) net funding requirements, representing 42 % of total

47,000 people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

In August, WFP provided nutrition food assistance for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition to over 26,000 vulnerable children aged 6-23 months through blanket supplementary feeding including over 18,000 pregnant and lactating women. A total of 2,400 people were assisted through targeted supplementary feeding.

In early August, WFP’ new representative and country director for the Gambia office, Ms. Wanja Kaaria, presented her credentials to the Gambia Foreign Minister and assumed her duties. Ms Kaaria comes with more than 20 years of experience with WFP, most recently having served as the Deputy Director of the WFP Office to the African Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

An inaugural project steering committee meeting for the EU funded project; “Agriculture for Economic Growth and Nutrition to mitigate flow to Europe” (Envelope A) was held on 30 August at FAO. The meeting – which was chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Vice President – reviewed the achievements over the last year and highlighted challenges and ways forward. The Envelope A project is just over EUR 4 million and funds school meals and Disaster Risk Reduction activities in two regions (North Bank and Central River Region) and will continue until 2021.

• Monitoring of the food distribution process for pregnant and lactating women by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare was conducted from 13 to 18 August in partnership with WFP. The exercise involved administering structured questions directed to beneficiaries and Food management committees and includes issues for direct observation. Questionnaires captured key indicators such as distribution timeliness, distribution point management, sensitization and feedback, beneficiary and entitlement verifications, and food commodity management.
This monitoring covered 10 percent of the overall number of facilities. A total of 30 facilities were visited. Onsite distribution and facility monitoring is a primary exercise that allows WFP to ensure that food distribution activities are implemented according to standard WFP procedures and agreements with partners. The report has been finalised and shared.

• In August, under its school meals programme WFP finalized partnership agreements with three Non-Governmental Organizations. The agreements are based on strengthening school meals management capacity at the decentralized level.

• For the September-December 2018 period, WFP will transfer a total of 702 mt of food and US$178,363 to support the food security and nutrition of over 80,000 children under the school meals programme.