WFP Liberia Country Brief, April-July 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

4,144 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 6.6 m six months (Aug 20 - Jan 2021) net funding requirements

Up to 105,016 people assisted Between April and July 2020

Operational Updates

Country Strategic Plan (CSP)’s Budget Revision The COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March further compounded increased vulnerabilities that the country has been experiencing since late 2019, including price depreciation and fuel shortages.

To strategically assist the Government of Liberia in responding to the crisis, WFP conducted a budget revision of CSP in April 2019 to better respond to the increasing needs faced by the Liberian people. This Budget Revision (BR01) included a scale up of food assistance to vulnerable households affected by COVID-19 under strategic outcome 2, together with increased support to humanitarian and development partners to have access to common services (strategic outcome 4). The budget revision outlines an increase in the number of beneficiaries of the CSP from 175,000 to 2,240,000 (increase of 2,065,000) to support the Government of Liberia’s fight against COVID-19 through food distribution to vulnerable households and institutions, which cumulated in an overall increase in cost from USD 50.1 million to USD 89.2 million over the original approved budget of the entire CSP (2019-2023). This represents a significant increase in portfolio, which will require stronger partnerships, coordination and collaboration for quality programme delivery. To ensure that the requisite capacity is in place to support the implementation of the proposed activities, WFP finalized the vetting and selection of experienced cooperating partners to include local and international NGOs.