WFP The Gambia Country Brief, January 2017



  • The Lead Convener for the national strategic review which will inform the Country Strategic Plan (2018-2022) has officially begun work.

  • A total of 7,529 people were assisted under the immediate response emergency operation (IREMOP 201036) in January 2017.

Operational Updates

  • Food assistance through cash was provided to 7,529 people in January 2017 under the 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.

  • The work plan for the Zero Hunger National review has been finalized with the lead convener and the National Zero Hunger Review process is scheduled to commence in February 2017.

  • The 2016 Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) was validated with national partners. Eight (8) percent of the population in The Gambia are classified as moderately or severely food insecure. Findings from the 2016 CFSVA indicate that food security situation in the country has deteriorated from the 2011 CFSVA.

  • Food was distributed to schools in Greater Banjul Area, West Coast Region, Lower River, Central River and Upper River Regions for the month of January.

  • A total of 119,711 school children and cooks were targeted for assistance by WFP in the month of January.

  • Plans have been reactivated to resume nutrition prevention and treatment activities that were suspended under the PRRO due to a lack of resources. Funding was recently received from the European Commission.