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August 26, 2013
Food Security Situation
The 26-year conflict in Sri Lanka, which officially ended in May 2009, claimed nearly 100,000 lives, devastated infrastructure in the northern and eastern provinces, destroyed arable land and disrupted livelihoods. Shocks affecting vulnerable communities in the Northeast over the past two years have included natural disasters, food price volatility and inflation.
At present approximately 90,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) continue to take shelter in transit/welfare camps or with host families, primarily in Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar, and Trincomalee Districts. As part of the Government's return/resettlement plan, some 400,000 IDPs have already been returned to their lands of origin.
An estimated 1.2 million people are in need of food assistance and livelihood recovery support as a result of the stagnant economy and high food prices in formerly conflict-affected areas of the North and East.
Food Assistance Programs
In FY 2013, the Office of Food for Peace (FFP) has provided a six-month supply of rice, pulses and vegetable oil for approximately 13,100 food insecure returnees in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.
FFP partners with the World Food Program to provide general food assistance. Monthly rations are intended to help maintain proper consumption levels while returnees – including the last group to return from the Menik Farms camp in Vavuniya in October 2012 – rebuild their homes and re-establish their livelihoods in Mullaitivu District.
Food for Peace Contributions
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Fiscal Year 2013||$1.5 million||1,420 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2012||----||----|
|Fiscal Year 2011||$12.2 million||11,100 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2010||$22.7 million||25,998 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2009||$28.7 million||38,550 MT|
Fiscal Year 2013 Contribution Breakdown:
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Title II Development||----||----|
|Title II Emergency||$1.5 million||1,420 MT|
|Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP)||----||----|
Note: FY: Fiscal Year; FFP: Food for Peace; WFP: World Food Program; MT: Metric Tons. Food Security Situation Information provided by WFP as of August 2013.
Last updated: August 26, 2013