WFP Liberia Country Brief, January 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

400 mt of food assistance distributed

US$6.8 m six months (February-July 2020) net funding requirements

0.08 m people assisted in January 2020

Operational Updates

• School Feeding Programme:

WFP continues to provide school feeding package to food and nutritionally vulnerable schoolchildren including takehome rations to adolescent girls in a way that relies on and stimulates local production with a focus on homegrown school Feeding (HGSF). As daily meal, 56,115 children (27,216 girls and 28,899 boys) received 102 mt of assorted food under the two categories (home grown - locally produced by smallholder farmers and conventional school feeding programmes).

• Food assistance for assets (FFA) creation: Under the resilience building focused activity, WFP is collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture and two International non-governmental organizations (Samaritans’ Purse International-SP and Building Resources Across Communities-BRAC) in working with smallholder farmers to create a sustainable livelihood asset in Bong and Montserrado Counties. In Montserrado,
WFP provided food assistance (126 mt) to 33 farmer groups representing 1,016 household heads and 5,080 beneficiaries; training provided to 40 farmers (58 percent women) on the establishment of market linkages, value addition and formation of farmers Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA). The training aimed to assist farmers establish linkages with markets, post-harvest management of rice and vegetables and to form a Village Savings and Loan Association for sustainability.'

• General food Distribution: In continuation of emergency food assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) that started in December 2019, WFP distributed 298 mt of food to 9,363 (6,811 women and 2,552) PLHIVs on antiretroviral therapy (ART). The distribution was done in collaboration with the National Aids Control program (NACP). NACP is the Government of Liberia’s agency responsible for the coordination of support to PLHIVs on ART.