Project General Description
The present operation responds to the need for assistance resulting from the food crisis in Mauritania, following the rainfall deficit in 2012, aggravated by the massive influx of Tuareg refugees from northern Mali. These refugees are estimated at around 89,000 people and grouped together in the M'Bera camp. The need for emergency assistance mainly concerns the provision of food to refugees at M'Bara camp to meet the minimum standards of the World Food Program (WFP) for nutrition. This intervention will therefore concentrate on supplying vulnerable populations with food products, particularly rice and oil, and more particularly nutritional supplements to combat moderate and acute malnutrition among children aged 6 to 59 months. It consists of supporting Mauritania to cope with the huge need for food and food in high-risk areas and is therefore part of relief operations for the adoption of urgent measures to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. The contribution proposed by the Bank amounts to US $ 1,000,000 in the form of a donation from the Special Relief Fund (SSF). The grant will be used to cover some of the needs in the very short term, in addition to the efforts already made by the Government, development partners and NGOs. More specifically, this donation will help all refugees in M'Bera camp.
The objective of this intervention is to provide assistance to Malian refugee populations affected by both the crisis in northern Mali and the food crisis that affects the entire Sahel region. This program, to be implemented by WFP, aims to save lives and protect the livelihoods of refugee populations. The specific objectives of the operation are: (i) to reduce the prevalence of acute malnutrition among children from 6 to 59 months, through the management of malnutrition and coverage of the nutritional supplement program; and (ii) enhance food self-sufficiency by protecting livelihoods among targeted groups.
The operation is expected to benefit nearly 89,000 people, mainly women and 2,200 children aged 6 to 59 months.