World Food Programme, International Organization based in Italy: http://www.wfp.org
WFP emergency operations in Nigeria help people affected by the conflict. More information can be found on the Lake Chad Basin emergency page
Since May 2015, the World Food Programme (WFP) has supported national and state emergency agencies and humanitarian partners to assist people displaced by Boko Haram violence. WFP has been transferring operational know-how, providing technical support to strengthen food security data collection, enhancing the emergency response at displaced sites (including through food distribution), and providing safe and reliable air transport services to the humanitarian community.
In November 2016, with support from UNICEF, WFP launched a joint Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) to supply food, nutrition and health support to people in hard-to-reach areas in Borno and Yobe states. The RRM includes extensive use of helicopters and the pooling of logistics and telecommunications resources across the humanitarian community.
By end of December 2016, WFP had assisted more than a million people, including more than 796,000 with life-saving food, 171,000 with cash-based transfers and 192,000 children with specialized food to combat malnutrition.
WFP uses either food- or cash-based transfers to support displaced people living in camps or with host communities, as well as vulnerable host populations. Distributions have scaled up from 160,000 people reached in October 2016 to over 1 million in December and January 2017. Despite the challenges posed by high levels of insecurity many people being on the move, WFP plans to reach 1.8 million of the most vulnerable people in 2017.WFP assists with specialized nutritious food children under 5 at risk of malnutrition, and pregnant and nursing women.
Jointly with UNICEF and ACF, WFP delivers an integrated package of essential health and nutrition services to prevent and treat acute malnutrition.WFP launched a joint Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) with UNICEF to supply food, nutrition and health support to people in difficult-to-reach areas in Borno and Yobe states. The RRM includes extensive use of helicopters and the pooling of logistics and telecommunications resources across the humanitarian community.Under the Government’s leadership, the Food Security Sector (FSS) is co-led by FAO and WFP and brings together partners to discuss and ensure access to, and availability and timeliness of food assistance for the affected population.
The FSS has enhanced synergy, collaboration and co-operation amongst partners.WFP supports the Government in addressing the main logistics and telecommunication gaps faced by the humanitarian community in north-east Nigeria. Logistics Sector activities include logistics coordination and information management, civil-military liaison for cargo movements and storage capacity augmentation. Emergency Telecommunication Sector activities cover security telecommunications and internet connectivity services in Maiduguri, Damaturu and six other field sites.WFP provides safe, reliable air transport to the humanitarian community. This includes the use of two helicopters to carry vital relief – vaccines, medicines, medical equipment and staff – to hard-to-reach, isolated areas. UNHAS connects six destinations (Abuja, Maiduguri, Yola, Dutse, Bauchi and Gombe) by plane, and various hard-to-access locations (Bama, Banki, Gwoza, Dikwa, Ngala and Monguno) via helicopter.