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WFP Djibouti Country Brief, July 2018

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In Numbers

237.887 mt of food assistance distributed

US$0.15 m cash-based transfers made

US$ 12 m six months (August 2018 -January 2019) net funding requirements

33,682 people assisted in July 2018

Operational Updates

  • Djibouti is hosting approximately 26,300 refugees from Somalia, Yemen, Eritrea and Ethiopia, of which 21,100 reside in camps. WFP provides assistance to all registered refugees and asylum seekers living in Ali Addeh, Holl Holl and Markazi camps in form of general distributions, nutrition support, take home rations for school girls to encourage school attendance, and a cash transfer component as part of the general distribution.

  • In July 2018, WFP provided food assistance to 33,682 people, including refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable local households in rural and urban areas. WFP provided food assistance to rural and urban food insecure households affected by drought in the form of general rations to meet their immediate food needs facilitating recovery from food insecurity. Nutrition interventions are also ongoing for the prevention, treatment of moderate acute malnutrition and for people living with HIV/AIDS and those on tuberculosis treatment.

  • According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), average rainfall during the March to June Diraac/Sougoum rainy season has restored pasture and water resources in all areas and vegetation conditions are near average in the Southeast Pastoral Border livelihood zone and areas north of Obock City, though, rangeland conditions are lower than last year. FEWSNET estimates that approximately 50,000 people will experience Crisis (IPC 3) acute food insecurity or worse during the ongoing June to September lean season. Food security is expected to improve from Crisis (IPC Phase 3) to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) during the October to January as households have seasonally higher access to milk and livestock conditions improve which will facilitate additional sales and increased income.

  • In response to the cyclone Sagar, WFP and other UN agencies under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs (SEAS), initiated a response through emergency paper voucher distribution. The emergency voucher distribution which targets 2,000 most affected households in Djibouti Ville is entering its last month of distribution. The intervention has enabled affected households address their immediate food needs, reducing short term hunger.