WFP Madagascar Country Brief, August 2017

Situation Report
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  • WFP is shifting the focus of its operations towards resilience strengthening. 14 priority communes have been identified for Food Assistance for Assets resilience strengthening activities.

  • Early recovery activities implemented in the targeted ENAWO cyclone affected areas aiming to support communities for restoring damaged infrastructure ended in August.

  • The finding of food security assessments (IPC and CFSAM) will guide WFP and the humanitarian community’s post-emergency response in Southern and South-Eastern Madagascar.

  • WFP’s requirements from September 2017 to May 2018 amounts to USD 15 million.

Operational Updates

WFP Response to the Drought in the South: While emergency response to the El Niño induced drought ended in May, in June, beneficiaries which could not be assisted in May, received unconditional cash and food based assistance. In July and August, nutrition support (treatment and prevention of moderate acute malnutrition - MAM) continued to be provided to 28,476 children under five years of age and pregnant and breastfeeding women as part of the MAM treatment component and 11,805 children under 2 years of age the under the MAM prevention component. An El Niño response lessons learned workshop with representatives of different Ministries, the National Disaster Management Authority (BNGRC), local authorities and representatives of beneficiaries was organized end of July. WFP is currently shifting its focus to resilience strengthening, while foreseeing unconditional assistance in pockets of food insecurity and undernutrition in the South, as per recent food security assessments (IPC June and preliminary findings of CFSAM). Furthermore, the possibility of providing assistance to populations in the South Eastern areas, is also being analyzed in light of the existing evidence on the deterioration of the situation.

Country Programme: School meals programme: In support to the Ministry of Education, WFP provides daily fortified school meals to 215,000 students in the southern regions (Anosy, Androy and Atsimo Andrefana) and marginalized urban zones of Antananarivo, Tamatave and Tulear. The inventory of school stocks was conducted in all WFP-assisted schools (including Governmentsupported schools where the Home Grown School Feeding approach has been adopted). WFP’s funding shortfall for the school meals programme for the next school year stands at USD 3.6 million. A lessons learned workshop with WFP and Ministry of Education staff members was held end of August 2017.

WFP’s response to cyclone ENAWO: On 11 March, following widespread flooding caused by the tropical cyclone ENAWO, WFP, in coordination with the National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) and in partnership with other actors, began unconditional food distributions to disaster affected populations. Following unconditional food distributions, a Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) programme was implemented in eight communes of Maroantsetra district and nine communes of Antalaha district, from May to August. These activities contributed to communities’ recovery and the improvement of their access to roads and agricultural fields. Food Assistance for Assets activities in cyclone affected north-eastern areas ended in August.