Humanitarian assistance, delivered through the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Food for Peace (FFP), funds several emergency response efforts to improve the food security and nutrition status of vulnerable households, mostly in the south. A significant portion of this funding flows through the UN World Food Program in support of their Regional Emergency Operation for Malian refugees.
USAID also supports the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS Net). FEWS Net provides support to USAID to deliver early warnings of actual and potential hazards with respect to food insecurity, food vulnerability and famine. FEWS Net also aims to improve the quantity, quality and timeliness of early warning information and predictions, for use in food security-response decision-making.
USAID supports Mauritania’s participation in the Ouagadougou Partnership, a regional initiative involving nine West African countries seeking to reduce national birthrates. USAID is providing technical assistance in the development and implementation of a national family planning strategy.
USAID helps the Mauritanian government improve vocational education programs that train unemployed, out-of-school youth, thus offering the possibility of gainful employment and reducing susceptibility to extremism.