WFP The Gambia Country Brief, February 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



  • The Zero Hunger Country Strategic Review has officially begun.

  • A total of 7,416 people were assisted under the immediate response emergency operation (IR-EMOP 201036) in February 2017.

Operational Updates

  • WFP provided food assistance through cash to 7,416 people in February 2017 under IR-EMOP 201036. The assistance targets people affected by floods and windstorms during the 2016 rainy season. The activity was implemented in partnership with the National Disaster Management Agency, Gambia Red Cross Society and United Purpose.

  • A total of 80,229 school children and cooks were targeted for assistance by WFP in the month of February.

  • Schoolchildren benefitting from the school meals programme participated in WFP’s global design completion for schoolchildren.

  • The national Zero Hunger Strategic Review process has commenced. The lead convener and his team had initial consultations and working sessions with UN partners to familiarise them about the process and scope of the review.

  • WFP held a meeting with key stakeholders in the Government and UN agencies to prepare for a national consultation on Purchase from Africans for Africa project in March 2017.

  • Preparations started for the celebration of international school meals day. The Ministers of Agriculture, Health and Trade issued statements reflecting the Government’s commitment to school meals.

  • WFP distributed food to pre and primary school children in Greater Banjul Area, West Coast, Lower River, Central River and Upper River Regions for the month of February.

  • Plans were reactivated to resume nutrition prevention and treatment activities previously suspended under the PRRO due to lack of resources. Funding was recently received through SRAC allocation as well as the European Commission.