Humanitarian Response: Food Security
The food security situation in the NWSW remains precarious. The cluster is prioritizing resource mobilization and a modality shift from in-kind to cash programming where possible. As of August 2020, 29 partners collectively assisted 245,911 people in the NWSW regions. This figure represents an 8 percent decrease compared to the 269,179 people assisted in July. The decrease is mainly due to the end of projects of two key partners. Around 90 percent of the total beneficiaries received food assistance either through in-kind or cash/voucher modalities. 66 percent of beneficiaries were in the NW. A total of 5 partners reported having implemented COVID-19 support activities. The COVID-19 situation has had a huge impact on the logistics and supply chain involved in distributing in-kind support. Hence, several food security partners have been exploring the possibility of shifting to cash. The cash working group has engaged with the local government in the regions to ensure that partners shifting to cash do not face any bureaucratic challenges. The government has emphasized the need for transparency and sharing of reports to ensure that cash is delivered to the targeted households and not diverted. The food security cluster continues to hold its regular online coordination meetings and technical working groups on food assistance and agriculture/livelihoods to specifically discuss issues around harmonization of relief packages.