• According to the new Emergency Food Security and Nutrition Assessment (EFSNA) carried out in Diffa region in October, 211,500 people are food insecure and 255,000 people are at risk of becoming food insecure in the region.
• Due to recent increase in population movements along the Malian border, discussions are underway with UNHCR on the adequate strategy to adopt for the assistance to the Malian refugees
• The Fortification of Processed Food Products (FOPAT) project was launched along with the Food Fortification Support Project in Niger on 3 October 2017.
VAM The International Emergency and Development Aid (IEDA Relief) will conduct third part monitoring activities in the departments of Bosso, Nguigmi and Ngourti in Diffa region where WFP is unable to access. WFP trained the NGO on the monitoring tools related to general food distribution, nutrition, school meals, food basket and post distribution monitoring.
A High Food Prices assessment has been carried out in Tillabery, Tahoua, Agadez and Maradi regions.
• WFP participated in the development of a joint project on HIV/AIDS for the 2018/19 period funded by the Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF).
As a result, WFP will receive USD 30,000 yearly to integrate HIV/AIDS awareness-raising activities into its adolescent strategy as a nutrition-sensitive intervention.
• The FOPAT project was launched along with the Food Fortification Support Project in Niger on 3 October. The FOPAT project is implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
• A school meals cost benefit analysis was conducted in the Maradi region. The analysis constitutes a promotional tool developed to present the short and long-term benefits of a specific school meals programme.
• School meals activities were implemented in schools located in non-priority municipalities. The Quality Education Support Project will provide them with twomonth worth of supply. These schools represent 54 percent of WFP’s beneficiaries and remained unsupplied since October 2016.
• WFP carried out a monitoring and targeting mission in the Diffa region. As a result, 41 emergency sites - including 12,000 beneficiaries - were integrated in the school meals and research project funded by the Canadian Government. This project is implemented by WFP and the Ministry of Education.
• IFAD will extend the Family Farming Development Programme (ProDAF) project to the Diffa region, in partnership with WFP. The project has a total budget of USD 18 million and is already under implementation in Maradi, Tahoua and Zinder. The project plans to target agropastoral production activities and will benefit 20,000 households (about 140,000 people) including 40 percent of refugees/displaced/returnees.
Food Security Cluster and Early Warning Systems
• As part of emergency preparedness, the food security cluster has updated the multi-sectorial contingency plan to assist 45,000 IDPs in the Tillabery and Tahoua regions affected by the G5 intervention. It is now supporting the Early Warning System to carry out a food and nutrition assessment and to set up a monitoring system in areas where access is difficult due to security deterioration.