WFP Libya Country Brief, December 2020

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

95,791 people assisted in December 2020

1,009 MT of food assistance distributed in December 2020

USD 10.9 m six-month (February – July 2021) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

• In December 2020, WFP reached over 95,000 people in need through its programmes in Libya, which include direct general and emergency food distributions, food support through an e-voucher modality, food assistance for training activities and a school feeding/healthy kitchen project.

• Vocational and soft-skills training sessions were held through Food Assistance for Training activities in over eight cities in the East and West, with close to 2,000 people benefitting from food assistance. Since its launch on 19 November through partner Edraak, the first group of participants in Nalut and Ghadames completed the online International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), a digital literacy course. Those without internet or smartphone access could participate through devices made available in the vocational training locations.

• WFP continued to engage with farmers and agricultural experts through the Agriculture Information Network. Around 380 people take part in the virtual network, which facilitates peer-to-peer exchanges on agricultural problems and solutions such as the use of insecticides and ideas to reduce food waste by reusing it for animal feed. WFP also began soliciting ideas on possible future agricultural projects from members of the groups, in the start of a community consultation across the coming weeks before WFP evaluates proposals and moves forward with supporting the strongest ideas.

• Thanks to a standby partnership with Swiss Aid, WFP has been able to support humanitarian– development–peacebuilding triple nexus efforts in Libya with a dedicated coordinator who has been supporting facilitation for the task force for the UN Trust Fund for Human Security on an outreach and advocacy project on COVID-19 related threats, with the participation of IOM, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and WFP. On 21 December, WFP facilitated a task force meeting to discuss the next steps for the joint project, which is considered a novel approach and a unique opportunity for close collaboration.