WFP mulls over Sh161.3bn funding shortfall for refugees

12Nov 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
WFP mulls over Sh161.3bn funding shortfall for refugees

World Food Programme (WFP) plans to implement a Cash Based Transfer Pilot at Nyarugusu Refugee Camp before the end of the year. The pilot will include bi-weekly mobile money transfers to 10,000 individuals, according to WFP.

Over 177,000 Burundian refugees have crossed over into Tanzania since April 2015. Combined with the pre influx population, the total stands at over 245,000 refugees, which is above the planning figure of 240,000

Three refugee camps, namely Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli are currently operational in the country. The population at Nduta Refugee Camp is over 65,000 while that of Mtendeli Refugee Camp has reached its capacity at 51,000 refugees.

New Burundi arrivals are being hosted at Nduta Refugee Camp. WFP is providing dry food rations and Supplementary Feeding at all three camps. Hot meals are served to new arrivals at transit and reception centres, according to agency’s country report.

WFP has reported a six month shortfall covering this month to April next year as $31 million while a nine month shortfall running between this month and July next year as $52 million. A 12 month shortfall covering this month to October next year is $74 million.

“WFP is in discussions with donors to raise funds to address the funding shortfalls resulting from the increased influx of refugees,” the situation report noted in part.

Meanwhile, The German Embassy is pleased to announce a contribution of Euro 11 Million (TSH 26, 4 Billion) to assist Tanzania in coping with the continued arrival of refugees in its western regions.

The additional funds will help support ongoing operations of the World Food Programme, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and a number of non-governmental organisations helping with the refugee situation in Tanzania.

“The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has decided to make these funds available from the Emergency Relief Fund of the Federal Foreign Office as a sign of its solidaritywith the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania,” the Embassy statement said.

“The German government would also like to underline its commitment to burden-sharing at a time when Germany itself is host to an ever increasing number of refugees due to the crisis in the Middle East.”

As of 04 November, WFP has reported a cumulative total of 38,097mt of food commodities have been distributed to over 177,000 new Burundian refugees.

“This includes 870 mt served as hot meals to over 177,000 refugees at reception and transit centres and 35,934 mt of dry rations provided to over 177,000 refugees,” the report indicated. Dry rations include maize meal, pulses, oil, salt and super cereal.

Also the report said 45 mt of high energy biscuits and dates distributed by Caritas Kigoma, Tanzania Water and Environmental Sanitation (TWESA) and Relief to Development Society (REDESO) as ready to eat food to 75,430 refugees in transit from various reception and transit centres.

There was also 630 mt of super cereal plus provided to 36,461 children between 6-23 months and 6-59 months of age to prevent stunting and micro nutrient deficiencies, respectively.

Furthermore, 618 mt of various food commodities provided to 39,229 beneficiaries including pregnant and lactating women, children with moderate acute malnutrition, HIV patients on medication and hospital in-patients.

WFP’s co-operating partner, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) carries out General Food Distribution at Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, while World Vision Tanzania is doing the same at Nduta, and Mtendeli Refugee Camps.

Under a tripartite agreement with UNHCR and WFP, wet feeding - provision of hot meals, is implemented by Caritas, Tanzania Water and Environmental Sanitation (TWESA), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), International Refugee Committee (IRC) and Relief to Development Society (REDESO) at Transit/Reception Centres and at the camps.

Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) and World Vision Tanzania implement the Supplementary Feeding Programme at the camps with food and human resources provided by WFP. WFP works with TRCS, World Vision Tanzania and UNICEF to deliver nutrition messaging in order to address barriers to proper child nutrition, such as inappropriate infant and young child feeding practices.