• In February, WFP provided assistance to 75,212 people including refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and vulnerable households in rural and urban areas through unconditional in-kind food distributions and cash-based transfers (CBT) to meet their immediate food needs.
General food assistance
• WFP, in coordination with UNHCR and the National Office for the Assistance to Refugees and Disaster Stricken People (ONARS), provided food assistance to refugees in the Ali Addeh, Holl Holl and Markazi refugee settlements.
Refugees used SCOPE cards to retrieve their rations. WFP’s SCOPE data system contributes to improve the transparency throughout the distribution process.
• WFP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Solidarities (MASS), assisted 4,000 local vulnerable households in Djibouti city through in February: households can use their SCOPE cards to retrieve food at 25 WFP-contracted retailers
• Through two local NGO partners, Solidarité Féminine and Le Réseau, WFP distributed food vouchers to 200 people living with HIV in February. The paper vouchers, of a value of USD 56.2 per household, can be redeemed at the 25 WFP-contracted retailers. NGOs also oversee support groups through psychosocial assistants and distribution of masks. These beneficiaries were also encouraged to register to the social protection system at the Government’s help desks.
A total of 2,595 local households in rural areas, affected by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated measures to tackle its spread, received in-kind food assistance. Participants received wheat flour, yellow split peas, pinto beans and vegetable oil.
Food assistance for assets
In February, WFP provided conditional food assistance, covering the months of January and February, to 6,120 beneficiaries in rural areas for their participation in the construction of 1,130 agricultural perimeters and soil regeneration activities. In Godoria, in the North of the Country, participants support the regeneration of the mangrove.
• Representatives from WFP and the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MENFOP) visited three schools in the region of Arta participating in the school feeding programme, to assess the progress made on the transfer of the management of the school feeding programme to the Government. School directors were positive about the transition.
• Pupils are provided with daily hot meals such as corn cake, lentils or beans, and milk for breakfast, and for lunch they either have beetroots and pasta with meat or tuna, or rice with a vegetable soup. Two out of these three schools also have school gardens from which they can harvest high nutritional value vegetables such as eggplants and okra, improving greatly the nutritional quality of the school meals.
• WFP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Solidarities, and AFTRAL (Apprendre et se Former en TRAnsport et Logistique), visited the Technical Institutes of Tadjourah and Dikhil, in the northern and southern regions of Djibouti, to meet and identify out-of-school youth who could benefit from the vocational training programme, which offers training in logistics and transport to 800 students. The mission also assessed the current and potential capacities for the development of this programme at the Technical Institutes of Tadjourah and Dikhil. The initiative was well received by the candidates and should be launched in these two regions in March.
• During February’s “Café de la Logistique”, the director of BMMI in Djibouti, a major actor in the logistics sector in the country, met with all the forty students enrolled in the storekeeper training course. As part of WFP’s vocational training activity, the “Café de la Logistique” aims to offer the possibility for students to ask about the different opportunities in the logistic sector and learn from the private sector participants.
• During the month of February, the dispatch of 20,000 mt of wheat stored at the Humanitarian Logistics Base’s (HLB) silos to the Tigray region of Ethiopia, was completed. This has been possible thanks to the Service Level Agreement in place with the Government of Ethiopia’s National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC).
• As part of WFP’s Bilateral Service Provision, WFP’s ships VOS Theia and VOS Apollo cruised from Djibouti to, respectively, Hodeidah and Aden in Yemen, carrying 894 Kg of Medical Supplies for IOM, as well as 594 Kg of cargo for WFP Yemen’s assessment of nutritional status,
Source: World Food Programme