Gambia

WFP The Gambia Country Brief, June 2017

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  • WFP has started collaboration with UNICEF and its government counterparts on the use of the SCOPE beneficiary registration and transfer management platform.

  • The launching of the joint nutrition project (Envelope B) was conducted in June.

Operational Updates

  • In June, WFP targeted a total of 80,229 school children and cooks for assistance. WFP provided food assistance to pre and primary school children in Greater Banjul Area, West Coast, Lower River, Central River, North Bank and Upper River Regions.

  • Collaboration has started with UNICEF and its government counterparts in the implementation of the SCOPE beneficiary registration and transfer management platform. Field test and registration was completed for about 600 lactating women in Upper River Region. The project is funded by the European Union and builds resilience through social transfers. 6,000 lactating women from 10 health facilities are targeted for cash transfers over a period of two years.

  • Training on implementation of community procurement - cash transfer model was completed for 12 schools in six regions. The schools are being shifted to this model following the phasing out of the caterer model as recommended by a joint internal review conducted by the Government and WFP.

  • The launching of the joint nutrition project (Envelope B) was conducted in June. The project is being implemented by WFP, FAO, UNICEF and respective government counterparts with the Ministry of Health as the coordinating institution.

  • WFP conducted orientation and training on treatment of moderate acute malnutrition among children and pregnant and lactating women for health workers in Upper River and North Bank Regions.

  • WFP acquired 35 metric tonnes of locally produced beans from a smallholder farmer association in Upper River Region, and provided support for bagging, packing and provision of pallets.