Following the tripartite agreements among the Government of Vanuatu, WFP and Cooperating Partners (ADRA, Samaritan’s Purse, Save the Children and World Vision) signed on 15 April, WFP and Cooperating Partners started distributing 460 mt of food (rice, canned fish and noodles) to approximately 57,300 targeted beneficiaries under the EMOP.
EMOP Budget Revision is under process to revise the beneficiary figures upwards from 57,300 to 70,000. Following the first wave of food distribution under the IR-EMOP, it was identified that more beneficiaries live in the WFP-supported affected islands.
This week,WFP and Cooperating Partners have started food distributions in Efate off-shore islands (Lelepa, Moso, Pele, Nguna and Emau) and Shepherd islands (Tongoa, Emae, Buninga, Tongariki, Makira, and Mataso) under the EMOP. On 20 April, 116 mt of food was dispatched to Tanna, one of the most severely affected islands in the south, after the shipment had been suspended for 5 days due to inclement weather. Food distribution in Tanna is due to start by the end of this week.