Mauritania + 1 more

WFP Mauritania Country Brief, January 2018

Situation Report
Originally published



  • The joint 2018 humanitarian response plan was shared with the Mauritanian Government in late January. The Government will intervene alongside humanitarian partners in the response to the 2018 food crisis.

  • Urgent funding of USD 4.6 million (61 percent) is needed to provide first-response to some 76,000 vulnerable Mauritanians during the early lean-season phase (March-May), with a package of general distributions and nutrition assistance.

  • Assistance to refugees in January covered only 30 percent of refugees needs, due to insufficient funding and in-kind pipeline breaks. The same level is expected for February too. Urgent funding of USD 1.6 million is needed to ensure cash transfers to refugees between March and April.

Operational Updates

SO1 – Support to Mauritanian population

WFP and partners continue preparing to assist vulnerable people affected by the 2017 drought, during the 2018 lean season, which is expected to start earlier than usual – in March.

SO 3 – Support to Malian refugees

  • Following the UNHCR-led biometric system registration (BIMS), a few refugee families were de-activated from general assistance. Accordingly, WFP assisted 50,100 refugees in January, with individual monthly cash component (USD 12.45) of the mixed food/cash ration only. In-kind pipeline breaks are expected until the month of April, due to funding constraints and procurement lead-times.


  • UNHAS operations are guaranteed until midMarch, after which shut-down procedures will start. In January, UNHAS transported 320 passengers and 1.352 mt of light cargo through 57 in-country rotations. UNHAS successfully performed one medical evacuation for a MSF staff. WFP invites all partners to continue advocating for this critical humanitarian service.