Regional Coordination Food Crisis in Africa (MDR60003) Emergency Appeal: 12-month report

Summary:

The regional appeal, throughout its first year, has supported 15 emergency operations, including ten Appeals and five DREFs. The latter were/are aiming at meeting the needs of approximately two million

people in 14 countries, including five countries of focus: Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia and South-Sudan. For this 12-month report, these operations were asked to provide a brief overview of their key achievements, successes, challenges and key lessons learned over the past year.

Country wise and regional key main achievements

In Countries:

Ethiopia: 5,000 goats distributed to 1,000 vulnerable families, 5,459 pregnant and lactating women and children under five received a six-month supply of food in two regions, 4,447 people reached through hygiene promotion and community latrines construction. Kenya: In-kind food distribution to 342,000 people, 401,000 people supported through the livestock destocking programme, 252,000 benefitted from emergency cash transfers. Nigeria: 5,540 received emergency cash; 107,000 reached through water and sanitation activities; 1,5 million people informed on life-saving techniques through a Red cross dedicated radio program. Somalia: 3,400 have access to water through aqua tabs distribution, rehabilitation of berkeds and wells. South Sudan: 30,000 people received emergency shelter and households kit, 400 volunteers trained on community-based health and first aid, water and sanitation and psychosocial support, 70 staff and volunteers trained on rapid assessment through mobile phone

At regional level:

The regional food crisis coordination team Established relevant coordination mechanisms By chairing weekly Joint Task Force (JTF) meetings until February. These meetings were an opportunity for the IFRC operations teams at country level to share situational analyses and operational updates with the Regional office and teams in Geneva. Timely and context-specific (surge) support to country operations was also provided through the diversity of technical profiles represented within the regional coordination team that has ensured highly relevant and timely support to country operation teams, in line with their most urgent context-specific needs and gaps. Targeted capacity-building efforts involving material investments as well as adapted trainings was provided to Build National Society capacity to respond to (recurring) food crises. A strong focus on resilience and community ownership was maintained by providing technical guidance to IFRC Country Offices, Country Cluster Support Teams and National Societies on integrating a longer-term community resilience perspective into food crisis operations The regional office also ensured the consolidating of reports and using operational data and monitoring information

To reinforce the overall technical expertise and capacity related to food crisis preparedness and response in the Africa region, the regional food crisis coordination team has co-organized regular cross-context learning exercises.

Given the evolving food crisis situation in Africa, including the countries where the emergency Appeal operations being implemented, the regional food security Appeal is being extended from 18 months to 20 months.