News Release: WFP Launches 3 months cash transfer to support refugees, IDPs and host families in Foni, The Gambia.
27th April 2022
WFP PROVIDES EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE TO DISPLACED PEOPLE AND HOST FAMILIES IN GAMBIA AFFECTED BY THE CASAMANCE CONFLICT
Banjul – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) launched, today, cash transfers to assist internally displaced people (IDPs), refugees, and host families in Foni Kansala (West Coast region, The Gambia), as the conflict in the Senegalese Casamance region leads to cross-border displacement.
The operation targets 1,200 households – approximately 10,000 women, men, and children – with each household receiving 2,330 Gambian Dalasis (USD 45) per month from April to June 2022. This assistance will help conflict-affected families, meet their basic food needs, and replenish destroyed or lost food stocks.
“Families affected by this armed conflict were already suffering from a difficult food security situation due to the poor harvest of last year, the socioeconomic fallout of COVID-19 pandemic, and the rising prices. Many of them have lost their sources of income”, said Yasuhiro Tsumura, WFP Representative and Country Director in The Gambia. “Urgent support is needed to provide humanitarian relief and protect livelihoods for the most vulnerable families, allowing for a faster recovery from the impacts of the multifaceted crisis.”
This assistance comes at a time when the level of food insecurity and malnutrition is already very high in the country. The latest Cadre Harmonisé released in November 2021 has revealed the worst level of food insecurity and malnutrition in The Gambia in the past five years with 207,000 people, approximately 8.6percent of the population, expected to be in phase 3 and 4 of food insecurity starting in June 2022.
The emergency response is being delivered in coordination with the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) and The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCC). Targeted families were identified through a joint assessment conducted by WFP and UN partners in support of the Gambian Government.
Overall, In The Gambia, WFP serves as an effective humanitarian and development partner to the Government of The Gambia in the fight against hunger and malnutrition through its programmes, including crisis response, school feeding, nutrition and climate-smart resilience-building initiatives, while supporting the strengthening of national capacity.
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