From Manuel Aranda da Silva, Chief, Technical Support Service. Available on the Internet on the WFP Home Page at http://www.wfp.org/ or by electronic mail from Deborah.Hicks@wfp.org (fax 39 6 6513 2837). For information on resources, donors are requested to contact Aleesa.Blum@wfp.org or Claudia.VonRoehl@wfp.org at WFP Rome, telephone 39 6 6513 2004 or 6 6513 2504. The address of WFP is Via Cesare Giulio Viola 68, Parco dei Medici, Rome 00148.
PART I - HIGHLIGHTS
(Details below in Part II)
a) Food supply situation has deteriorated since FAO/WFP assessment in March. Intensified financial and economic crisis and prolonged effects of El Niño drought threaten household food security of increasing numbers of people.
b) Generous donor response covers 113,000 tons of total 208,000 tons of rice requested by WFP, and 10,000 tons of requested 17,000 tons blended food.
PART II - DETAILS
1.1 The food supply situation in Indonesia has deteriorated since the FAO/WFP assessment last March, due to the prolonged effects of the El Niño drought and the intensification of the financial and economic crisis. As a result, the household food security of an ever larger portion of the population is being threatened. The World Bank has estimated that up to 50 million people will face problems in maintaining an acceptable caloric intake in the coming months. FAO and WFP feel that it will be important to undertake a re-assessment of the situation in August to re-evaluate the current 1998 crop forecast and food import situation as well as food aid requirements.
1.2 WFP assistance complements and is coordinated with national and other international efforts (by NGOs, the World Bank and the Asia Development Bank) to address severe household insecurity in the most serious drought-affected areas of the country.
1.3 WFP activities fall into three main categories: a) nutritional support to selected pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under five years in seven provinces; b) labour intensive food for work community development in twelve provinces; c) highly targeted general relief rations to be provided to families in seven provinces who are only eating once a day and have lost the means of supporting themselves.
1.4 Generous donations from the Governments of Australia, Japan, USA and Norway have resulted in confirmed donations for 113,000 tons of rice towards the total WFP requirement of 208,000 tons of rice, and for 10,000 tons towards the requirement of 17,000 tons blended food.
(End WFP Emergency Report No. 28 of 1998 - July 10, 1998)