UN FOOD RELIEF AGENCY SCALES UP ASSISTANCE IN MALI TO COMBAT EFFECTS OF DROUGHT, CONFLICT
New York, Oct 4 2013 12:00PM
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced it is scaling up its emergency operation in Mali to reach more than 680,000 people, many of whom have been affected by the recent crisis in the country, as well as adverse weather conditions.
In a news briefing in Geneva, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said the agency is increasing assistance to fragile communities in both the northern and southern parts of the country.
In northern Mali, WFP increased its emergency school feeding coverage as more schools have re-opened in the Gao and Timbuktu regions. Currently, some 576 schools are being assisted with more than 120,000 students.
Ms. Byrs said nutrition activities will be increased in the area, with WFP having already launched food-for-work activities, consisting mostly in rehabilitation of irrigated plots in one district of the Timbuktu region. WFP is also providing supplementary feeding for children under five, pregnant women and new mothers to prevent acute malnutrition.
In southern Mali, WFP is providing food assistance to some 160,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host families, as well as vulnerable communities recovering from last year’s drought. The agency also reached 425,000 people with programmes relating to urban and rural development, resilience, health and education.
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