Situation Report
Food assistance
IDP beneficiary of food distribution in South-West region. Credit: OCHA Giles Clarke

Humanitarian Response: Food Security

27 partners collectively assisted 284,535 persons representing 30 per cent of the people in need of food assistance with emergency food, agriculture, and livelihoods assistance. About 93 per cent of beneficiaries received food items and eight per cent received assistance through cash and voucher modalities.

Unfortunately, over 40,000 people did not receive food assistance due to insecurity and major access roads blockages such as the road leading to Batibo and Bafut in the North-West, depriving vulnerable communities of assistance.

As part of the World Food Programme (WFP)’s effort to review its strategy in the NWSW, targeting and beneficiary list validation exercises have been completed. Also, the usage of unconditional cash for food assistance is being considered in Mezam, Momo, Ngo-Ketunjia, and Bui divisions in the North-West. WFP is also examining the possibility of rotation-based assistance to 400,000 vulnerable people profiled during the targeting exercise to ensure an extensive reach of vulnerable people.

The Food Security Cluster remains committed to strengthening partners’ capacity. In this regard, WFP funded a two-day training on GBV mainstreaming in food security programming on 18-19 August with technical support from the GBV Area of Responsibility (AoR). FAO continues to evaluate the effectiveness of the Farmer Field School project (FFS), in compliance with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and to provide technical support to 24 vegetable production groups benefiting from the project.