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Southern Africa: Food aid and humanitarian assistance Appeal 12/2002 Operations Fact Sheet No. 3

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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
Appeal No. 12/02; 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

IN BRIEF

Appeal coverage: 61%
Outstanding needs: CHF 34,778,753

Explanatory note:

The Federation's Operations Fact Sheet is a relatively unique reporting or update product which the Federation will use selectively for appropriate operations. More specifically, the Operations Fact Sheet is intended:

  • as an informal update to allow operations a degree of flexibility in responding to donor's informational needs (the information is in raw, or unedited, format);

  • to be placed on the Federation's website & DMIS;

  • to respond to information needs of large, complex, multi-country or slow onset emergencies when initial operational information is unavailable or implementation is delayed;

  • to fill the need to immediately disseminate timely operational information to donors;

  • to be complementary to the Operations Updates (formal reports).
The Federation would appreciate donor feedback or opinions related to this informal reporting and information product.

The charts in the following Operations Fact Sheet are designed to provide a condensed 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. There is a focus on presenting the results of the operations against the objectives of the appeal as well as against objectives that have been added or revised at a later stage.

Please note that distributions under the same objectives have been divided according to donors and implementing partners, as they are often conducted separately.

A part of the activities in the appeal have already received good donor response, but further contributions are necessary as the food security situation deteriorates in Southern Africa. Drought has continued to affect agriculture throughout Southern Africa this summer, which increases the probability of further food shortages. The worsening HIV/AIDS pandemic is also affecting agriculture in a serious way by causing the death of large parts of the working population. There is therefore a continued need for further food support in the region.

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.