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WFP Liberia Country Brief, June 2016

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Situation Report
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Highlights

  • WFP, under its Special Operation, finalized the handover of logistics assets developed during the 2014 – 2015 Ebola response to the government.

  • The refugee population continued to decline due to the repatriation exercises conducted by the UNHCR.
    By the end of June, 15,000 refugees remained. WFP continues to provide food assistance to the refugees with reduced rations.

Operational Updates

  • Gender Campaign: The Gender campaign, launched on 30 June, marked the beginning of campaign activities at the country office and sub-offices level.
    Activities included a general staff meeting, discussion of emails and posters.

  • School Feeding: In March, WFP expanded the number of students benefiting from the school feeding programme from 127,000 to 300,000 in nine counties. The doubling of students receiving protein rich daily school meals has encourage enrolment, retention and academic progress.

  • Home-Grown School Feeding (HGSF): Following the expansion of the School Feeding target, WFP and partners including the Ministry of Education launched the pilot phase of the HGSF pilot in Nimba County to ensure the sustainability of the programme.

  • Refugee Operation Evaluation: An independent evaluation of the Refugee Operation to support Cote d’Ivoire refugees, was conducted in March. The findings informed the design of the next phase of the operation which is expected to start after July 2016.

  • Refugee Repatriation: WFP Liberia has initiated a budget revision to extend the project from the end of July to end December 2016. Monthly food distributions continue to be ongoing in the camps based on real-time refugee statistics.

Challenges

  • Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF): WFP is yet to raise the needed funding for implementation in Liberia. In 2015, a joint concept on piloting the HGSF was prepared and presented by FAO, WFP, UNICEF and UNDP in collaboration with the Ministries of Education and Agriculture.

  • As part of an advocacy strategy, WFP and the Ministry of Education targeted six schools – with a total of one thousand students - in Nimba County to pilot HGSF. The assistance started in mid-June.
    Under the pilot, children were provided with locally produced meals prepared with cassava, yams, palm oil etc. Though WFP provided resources for this pilot, funding concerns remain for future assistance as WFP has not received any pledges from either the government or donors.