Contribution to the WFP Ethiopia Interim Country Strategic Plan (Food Assistance)
WFP will support the Government in implementing governmant plans (such as the national productive safety net programme ) which aim at achieving zero hunger by 2030.
While the bulk of operations will continue to address the immediate short-term needs of refugees, internally displaced persons and other food-insecure and undernourished people, WFP will focus on the prevention of malnutrition, the achievement of increased resilience and ultimately self-sufficiency for households and communities.
The ICSP is structured under five strategic outcomes:
Strategic outcome 1: Refugees and crisis-affected populations in targeted areas are able to meet their basic food and nutrition needs throughout the year.
Strategic outcome 2: Vulnerable and food-insecure populations are able to meet their essential food needs and establish climate-resilient livelihoods.
Strategic outcome 3: Nutritionally vulnerable populations in targeted areas receive support aimed at preventing all forms of undernutrition.
Strategic outcome 4: Government institutions and the private sector benefit from capacity strengthening in the areas of early warning and emergency preparedness systems, the design and implementation of safety net programmes and supply chain management.
Strategic outcome 5: Government, humanitarian and development partners in Ethiopia have access to and benefit from effective and cost-efficient logistics services, including air transport, common coordination platforms and improved commodity supply chains.
The contribution of EUR 1.5 million from Austria will enable WFP to provide specialized nutritious food to treat 54,889 children with moderate acute malnutrition. The specialized mixed and blended nutritious food distributed could for example entail Plumpy‘Sup or SuperCereal Plus as commodities which are creditable under the Food Assistance Convention (FAC).
WFP plans to reach the children mentioned above for example in Somali region in Qologi camp.
Generally, under the ICSP, WFP will continue to focus on the geographic areas where vulnerability to food insecurity and undernutrition are highest.
WFP works with government institutions such as the National and Regional Disaster Risk Management Commissions (NDRMC and RDRMC) to coordinate and carry out the food assistance activities. During implementation, WFP also collaborates with other UN agencies such as IOM, UN-OCHA, UNICEF and NGOs to ensure a coordinated approach in the provision of this humanitarian assistance.
• WFP will provide unconditional cash-based and in-kind food assistance, livelihood support and emergency school feeding to crisis-affected people.
• WFP will provide support for nutrition and the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition for crisis-affected children aged 6–59 months, pregnant and lactating women and girls and anti-retroviral treatment and tuberculosis-directly observed treatment clients.
• WFP will provide safe and reliable food to primary school children and support the Ministries of Education and Agriculture in scaling up nutrition-sensitive school feeding programmes.
Ethiopia is particularly vulnerable to climate shocks and has been hit by a series of erratic rainfalls, including the 2015 - 2016 El Niño drought, which was considered the worst in 50 years. In 2017-2018, persistent drought in the lowland areas of southern and southeastern Ethiopia caused significant livestock losses, resulting in 8.5 million people in need of relief food assistance. In all regions where stunting is already severe, consequences of climate change are likely to increase stunting by 30–50 percent by 2050, specifically as a result of reduced crop production compared to a scenario of no further climate change.
Since mid-2017, the number of internally displaced persons has grown to more than 2 million following droughts, flooding, intercommunal conflict or a combination of these factors. Assisting these people is a major concern of the Government and humanitarian partners.