Niger 2011

CERF provides $6 million to address food insecurity in Niger

30 November 2011: the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated $6 million to three United Nations agencies to jump-start emergency interventions to address food insecurity in Niger.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has been allocated more than $3.3 million to save lives, reduce malnutrition and protect the livelihoods of vulnerable people, while the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has been provided $700,000 towards emergency assistance for vulnerable herders. An allocation of more than $1.9 million has been given to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to ensure adequate care for excess caseloads of severe acute malnutrition among children aged 6 to 59 months.

CERF funds will be used for cash transfer and food distribution for the most vulnerable populations. Funds will enable UN partners to purchase nutritional supplements to feed children under-five suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Animal feed will also be procured to save livestock, which is currently the main source of income for more than half of the population in Niger.

Through CERF supported interventions in Niger, more than 300,000 people in the country will benefit from United Nations activities supported by the CERF.

Mauritania 2011

CERF allocates $680,000 in response to Rift Valley Fever epidemic in Mauritania

14 February 2011: In response to the spreading Rift Valley Fever (RVF) epidemic affecting over 58,000 people in the country, CERF has allocated some $680,000 for humanitarian response in Mauritania.

Libya 2011

CERF allocates $1.4 million in response to the humanitarian situation in Libya

21 April 2011: In response to the humanitarian situation following recent protests and violent conflict in the country, CERF has allocated some $1.4 million for humanitarian response in Libya.

Lesotho 2011

CERF provides $2.7 million for Lesotho food crisis response

16 September 2011: Some $2.7 million was provided from the CERF for UN agencies to respond to a food security crisis in Lesotho. Heavy rains caused widespread destruction to Lesotho’s farming in late 2010 and early 2011. Food security assessments showed that food shortages caused by the rains had combined with already high food prices to cause acute vulnerability, particularly among poorer households.

Nearly $1.6 million was allocated by the CERF to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), enabling it to provide agricultural support to 75,000 people. Agricultural trade fairs were organized in the worst-affected areas, and seeds and fertilisers were provided to support food production during the next planting season.

The World Food Programme (WFP) used $1.1 million of CERF funding to launch a ‘food for work’ programme, benefiting 15,000 of the poorest people affected. Food distributions focused on vulnerable groups such as female-headed households and children.

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