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WFP Algeria Country Brief, February 2019

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In Numbers

125,000 people assisted in FEBRUARY 2019

2,349 mt of food assistance distributed

2,247 kcal/person/day provided through the general food basket

US$ 3.4 m six months (March–August 2019) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

• In February, as part of General Food Assistance (GFA), WFP distributed 125,000 rations consisting of 8 kg wheat flour, 1.5 kg rice, 2 kg barley, 130g lentils, 1kg of yellow split peas, 1 kg CSB, 1kg sugar, and 1litre of fortified vegetable oil. The ration was complemented with 1 kg gofio (roasted maize meal), which is part of an in-kind donation from the Spanish region of Gran Canaria. Due to the reduced rations of rice and lentils, the WFP food basket initially covered 2,097 kcal/person/day, against planned 2,100 kcal.

• The Algerian Red Crescent (CRA) decided to complete the missing quantities of rice (0.5 kg) and lentils (0.87 kg) with a bilateral contribution from South Africa. Thanks to these efforts, the food basket reached 2,247 kcal/person/day overall. WFP thanks the CRA and South Africa for the contribution.

• WFP distributed daily rations of pre-mix 100g corn soya blend (CSB+) and 10g vegetable oil to treat moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) among 698 pregnant and lactating women (PLW).

• For the prevention of malnutrition in PLW, WFP is exploring the distribution of fresh food vouchers.

• To prevent chronic malnutrition, 13,989 boys and girls under five took home daily rations of 10g of a special spread (Nutributter). Additionally, 391 children received the specialized nutrition product (Plumpy’Sup) for the treatment of MAM.

• WFP distributed mid-morning snacks consisting of 80g of milk and 50g of High Energy Biscuits to 30,843 boys and girls in primary schools and 8,113 children in kindergartens. Unfortunately, distribution could only start on 16 February due to operational delays.

• The latest nutrition survey in 2016 shows challenges related to high anemia prevalence among children and women, as well as the emergence of new issues of public health concern such as overweight and obesity. WFP will redirect the focus of all activities to tackling malnutrition.

• WFP has analyzed past resilience activities and identified opportunities for the future, summarized in a report. As part of this new resilience approach, WFP requires dedicated funding to continue its complementary livelihood activities: hydroponic production of green fodder, fish farming and other activities.