WFP Guinea Country Brief, April 2020

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In Numbers

78 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 27.7 m six months (May-October 2020) net funding requirements

26,568 people assisted in April 2020

Operational Updates

WFP’s Response to the COVID-19 pandemic: According to the March 2020 Cadre Harmonisé results, 113,641 people are food insecure from March to May and this number is projected to rise to 267,170 people between June and August 2020. Figures do not take into account the socio-economic effect of the pandemic. The country office is developing an emergency response plan targeting 300,000 people under its crisis response operation (strategic outcome 2).

The plan entails unconditional assistance (food and cash based transfers) during the lean season (June-September) and livelihood support with conditional assistance afterwards (October-December) supporting vulnerable populations towards resilience.

With the aim to implement a ‘whole of society’ approach, geographic coordination, to ensure the coherence and impact of response, the country office is mapping ongoing interventions in Guinea, in consultation and close collaboration with the Government, key partners including UN agencies, the civil society and communities.

Smallholder farmers: In line with national and WFP prevention measures, food assistance for assets (FFA) and smallholder agriculture market support (SAMS) activities including land rehabilitation for rice production are ongoing under reorganisation to limit the number of group participants including shift work. New activities are also being introduced including the production and distribution of masks, soaps and handwashing kits to beneficiaries and communities, combined with sensitisation messages against COVID-19.

School Feeding: The country office is finalizing plans for the distribution of take-home rations to 150,000 schoolchildren to mitigate the effects of school closure on the food and nutrition needs of vulnerable children. WFP Guinea actively participate in the National Education Cluster supporting the development and implementation of distance learning using Television and radios to ensure class continuity during school closure.