Niger: Situation Report 5 Sep 2005

Situation Report
Originally published


1. Highlights
- ABC Ecologie has completed its distributions in Ouallam and most other partners will finish this week.

- WFP has thus far dispatched a total of 15,431 MTs of food for the first round of general distributions, enough food to feed 900,500 people.

- WFP's Niger emergency operation is now almost 50% funded, having received 28.6 million US dollars in contributions.


No security incidents to report. The country of Niger is under security phase 0, with the exception of Agadez region which is under phase 1. Daniel Vigneau, WFP Regional Security Officer, is currently on mission to Niger.


WFP Niger has 43 international staff in place, as compared to 4 international staff before the current crisis. Most of the international staff are on mission or temporary assignments and will leave Niger in September or October. National staff now total 105, as compared to the original twenty. Some national staff recruitments are still ongoing.

4. Programming ISSUES

4.1 Target populations/beneficiaries

1st Round General Distributions

The Government's National Early Warning system has added new zones and 'forgotten' villages to the distribution plan, and the total number of beneficiaries that will now be reached in the first round is over 3 million people. This increase from 2.7 million to 3 million is due to the addition of 'forgotten villages' that were initially included in the list of vulnerable villages but left off the Government's distribution plan. The increase will be handled by National Food Security Mechanism (DNPGCA Dispositif National de Prévention et de Gestion des Crises Alimentaires- an institutional mechanism made up of the Government, donors and UN agencies responsible for the management of the national reserves of food and cash. ) stocks.

Of this 3 million, WFP food will reach 1.8 million beneficiaries and the rest will be covered by the National Food Security Mechanism (DNPGCA), PLAN International and Catholic Relief Services Please note that CRS purchased food as a one time activity and has no immediate intentions of maintaining a continuous pipeline in Niger. (CRS) pipelines.

In addition to the forgotten villages, WFP, the Government and NGO partners are collaborating on the possibility to reach additional equally vulnerable villages, especially those with high malnutrition rates. Nomadic herders that have lost all or part of their livelihoods will also be targeted. These additions would be mostly handled by DNPGCA stocks but could also be handled by WFP stocks leftover from other distributions due to overestimated beneficiary numbers. Please note that this would not reflect an increase in WFP beneficiary numbers or tonnage for the first round.

Selective Feeding

WFP's selective feeding activities include supplementary feeding for malnourished pregnant and lactating women, supplementary feeding for malnourished children and a protection ration for the families of malnourished children who are receiving treatment in UNICEF-supported centres. The rationale behind the protection ration is that it will prevent the division of the child's treatment ration among the entire family (as it is frequently administered in out-patient programmes where the children are only monitored by NGOs once a week).

In addition to these current activities, through its EMOP WFP has also supported therapeutic feeding centers by providing family rations at the time of the child's discharge from treatment (3,369 MTs of food) and distributions of CSB for supplementary feeding (186 MTs).

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