29 August 2013: Following a poor cashew harvest in 2013, the food security and nutrition situation in Guinea-Bissau has significantly deteriorated. Food insecurity levels have increased from 5 per cent in 2011 to 16 per cent in 2013 in the most-affected regions of Quinara, Oio, Biombo and Bijagos.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has released US$3,166,826 to three United Nations agencies. The allocations are expected to benefit 89,445 people in Quinara, Bolama Bijagos, Bafata, Gabu, Bissa, Cacheu, Biombo and Oio regions.
With an allocation of $50,020, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will provide therapeutic feeding to children under age 5 suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will provide seeds to food insecure households through an allocation of $267,302.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has received $2,849,503 to distribute food and supplementary feeding.