WFP Indonesia Country Brief, December 2016

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Dec 2016

Highlights

  • Through the Country Programme (CP), WFP will contribute to the Government’s plans to reduce food insecurity for 11 million Indonesians, improve nutrition and strengthen emergency preparedness.

  • In 2016 WFP completed its transition from direct distribution of food to strengthening the government’s programmes for food security analysis, school meals, social protection and emergency preparedness.

Operational Updates

  • An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale struck Pidie Jaya in Aceh on 6 December. WFP accompanied the national logistics cluster, which was activated for the first time since its establishment, to assist the government’s emergency response which provided assistance to 100,000 people affected by the quake. No international assistance was required.

  • Preparations for the WFP-Cargill Partnership on the School Meal Programme kick-started at 2 locations:
    Serang District of West Java and Pasuruan District of East Java. Preparation activities included: (i) school selection for the School Meal Programme; (ii) assessment of potential local NGOs who could operationalise the partnership; and (iii) identification of local farmers as potential suppliers for the programme. WFP-Cargill have embarked on a partnership to strengthen food security in three countries including Indonesia.

  • The fifth Food Security Monitoring Bulletin, which focused on the rainy season in late 2016, was released on 22 December. The rainy season is predicted to peak in December-February, which is typically the peak "flood and landslide season", therefore more disasters and damages (e.g. crop, infrastructure, casualties) are anticipated. The main season paddy planted area is expected to be greater due to the early start of the 2016 rainy season. The Bulletin is produced by a technical working group led by the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics, in cooperation with other related Government Agencies as well as WFP and FAO.

  • WFP participated in a joint verification mission with the Data and Information Center of the Ministry of Agriculture from 6-9 December. The mission aimed to verify the analysis of paddy growing stages performed using satellite data and to improve the analysis method. The mission visited 84 sites in five Districts (Subang, Cirebon, Indramayu, Majalengka and Sumedang) in West Java Province. The verification found that the data analysis performed was 67% accurate.