WFP The Gambia Country Brief, June 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

  • 269.071 mt of food assistance distributed

  • USD$16,907 cash-based transfers made

  • US$ 3.69 m six months (July-December 2018) net funding requirements, representing 49% of total

  • 125,502 people assisted in June 2018

Operational Updates

  • On 5 June 2018, in partnership with The Gambia government, WFP hosted a one-day stakeholders consultative meeting as part of the Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2019-2021 development process. The government partners, NGO’s, UN agencies and civil society attended the workshop, and participants had the opportunity to provide feedback, seeks clarification and offer suggestions on the presentations made on the CSP. On behalf of the Government, Mr. Sisawo, UN government focal point emphasized the government’s readiness to work with all partners to ensure interventions and development plans are in line with the National Development Plan. On behalf of WFP, the acting country director stated that ending hunger and improving nutrition depends on effective partnerships that span both humanitarian and development contexts. The centrality of effective partnerships across contexts is manifested by The Gambia government’s leadership role and commitment to the CSP process. To achieve the goals laid out in the CSP, stronger collaboration will be crucial. The acting country director therefore urged all UN partners and other stakeholders to work together and ensure coherence in all interventions in support of the Gambia government’s development agenda.

  • WFP held the first meeting as chair of the UN working group on Social Protection. Updated terms of reference and joint work plan were discussed in addition to the implication of the new government structure and National Social Protection Secretariat.

Operational Context

With a population of 1.9 million, the Republic of The Gambia is faced with rising food insecurity, poverty and malnutrition, despite a promising environment for improved growth, stability and partnerships.

Progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 is limited, given the high level of vulnerability to food insecurity coupled with the high prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) in children aged 6-59 months and stunting rates above the national average, with a high of 24.9 percent in four districts. Forty-eight percent of the population lives below the national poverty line, and eight percent is food insecure.

According to the 2015 Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions (SMART) survey, the prevalence of GAM increased to 10.3 percent, up from 9.9 percent in the 2012 survey.
WFP has been present in Gambia since 1970.