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Southern Africa: Food aid and humanitarian assistance Appeal 12/2002 Operations Fact Sheet No. 2

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The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 178 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org
Launched on 2 May for CHF 6,803,000 for 12 months; revised 22 July to CHF 89,285,274 (USD 61.6 m/EUR 60.9 m) in cash, kind and services to assist a minimum of 1.3 million beneficiaries for 12 months. Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 50,000

This is the second operations fact sheet for the Southern Africa Food Security Operation, and new developments and distributions have been inserted into the charts.

The following charts are designed to give a compact overview of the Southern Africa Food Security Operation. There are presently 6 countries of operation, which makes this one of the most complicated projects that the Federation has been involved with.

In addition to the activities mentioned here the Federation is involved in an operational agreement with the WFP, providing a transport support package, TSP, to enable the WFP to transport food assistance to beneficiaries in remote areas not accessible by using commercial vehicles. The activities of the TSP are covered in operations updates.

These charts cover all activities in the appeal, and several objectives have been included in the operations after the launch of the appeal. Many of the appeal targets, such as planned beneficiary numbers, are being revised, which is reflected in the information below.

As the operation proceeds, the charts on the Fact sheet have become more complicated. In some instances distributions under the same objectives have been divided according to donors and implementing partners, as parts of the distributions are often conducted separately, even if they are fully co-ordinated with the rest of the operations on the appeal.

A part of the activities on the appeal have already received good donor response, but further contributions are necessary as the food security situation deteriorates in Southern Africa. According to long term weather forecasts, there is a great risk of serious drought this summer, which will inevitably cause food shortages. The impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic is also affecting agriculture in a serious way, as large parts of the adult population become sick and die, leaving sometimes only children and elderly to plough the fields and harvest.

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