WFP The Gambia Country Brief, March 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



  • The Zero Hunger Country Strategic Review has officially begun.

  • A total of 8,817 people were assisted under the immediate response emergency operation (IR-EMOP 201036) in March 2017.

Operational Updates

  • In March 2017, WFP provided food assistance through cash transfers to 8,817 people under IREMOP 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 schoolchildren and cooks were targeted for assistance by WFP in the month of March. WFP provided food assistance to pre and primary school children in Greater Banjul Area,
    West Coast, Lower River, Central River and Upper River Regions for the month of March.

  • WFP and the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education led the celebrations for the World School Meals Day on 1 March. Schoolchildren benefitting from the school meals programme participated in the celebration activities.

  • The national Zero Hunger Strategic Review process has commenced. The Lead Convener and his team have started initial consultations with government members to familiarise them about the process and scope of the review.

  • Technical meeting with key government stakeholders was held ahead of the regional and national consultation on Purchase from Africans for Africa project. The regional consultations are scheduled to start in April 2017.

  • Funding was recently received from SRAC allocation as well as the European Commission under a joint action to be implemented by WFP, FAO and UNICEF.

  • Preparation plans for the resumption of nutrition prevention and treatment activities have commenced. These activities were previously suspended under the PRRO due to lack of resources.

  • A total of 77,828 people are reported to be in food insecurity (Phase 3 – Crisis) according to the March 2017 Cadre Harmonisé findings. This number is expected to increase to 111,645 people (Crisis) by August 2017.