WFP The Gambia Country Brief, March 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

384 mt of food assistance distributed (in March)

USD 24,238 cash-based transfers made

USD 2,452,709 six months (April-September 2018) net funding requirements

137,907 people assisted in March 2018

Operational Updates

  • The March 2018 Cadre Harmonisé held from 12-16 March 2018 estimated 268,000 people are currently (March-May) ‘under pressure’ and 45,000 are in ‘crisis’ and as the lean season (JuneAugust) approaches; an upward trend in vulnerability is anticipated of up to 350,000 will be classified as ‘under pressure’ and 63,000 people will be in ‘crisis’ phase. This results from reduced/low food reserves in households during the lean season, due to decreased crop production in 2017 and fluctuating market prices for basic food commodities.

  • The Joint WFP/FAO A-Envelop project, funded by the EU from the 11th EDF programme funds for The Gambia was officially launched this month. In addition to supporting smallholder farmers and value chain activities (FAO) the project will ensure the provision of daily school meals for 64,000 children in North Bank and Central River regions, as well as support the establishment of early warning systems and contingency plans for disaster risk reduction.

  • On 6-7 March, the country office management held consultations in Dakar with the embassies of Japan, Canada and Germany, as well as USAID and ECHO to brief them on the Country Strategic Plan 2019–2021 and explore potential areas of mutual interests in line with achieving zero hunger in The Gambia. The meetings also served as an opportunity to establish/maintain relations for information sharing.