Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Algeria

April 3, 2014

Food Security Situation

Map of Algeria
CIA World Factbook
  • Since 1975, Algeria has hosted about 90,000 refugees in five main camps (Ausserd, Boujdour, Dakhla, Laayoune, and Smara) located in the desert between 18 and 112 miles from the south-western town of Tindouf. In this remote desert environment, livelihood and self-reliance opportunities are extremely limited, making it difficult for refugees to engage with the local economy.

  • The country’s arid climate, high temperatures and sand storms – limiting arable land to less than 4 percent – has constrained agricultural capacity while increasing the prevalence of respiratory infections and diarrheic diseases.

  • As a result of these environmental and economic factors, malnutrition rates in the five camps are high. The latest nutritional survey, carried out in October 2012 by WFP and UNHCR, has shown limited improvement of global acute malnutrition compared to 2010 among children under the age of five.

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) now targets approximately 21,200 food-insecure Western Saharan refugees living within Algeria.

  • FFP partners with the World Food Program (WFP) to provide full house-hold food rations to meet basic food needs, including general food distribution and livelihood support, to four refugee camps in the desert near Tindouf, Western Algeria.     

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $5 million 3,300 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $6.6 million 5,110 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $8.2 million 8,530MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $8.7 million 7,140 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $6.2 million 6,550 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $5 million 3,300 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) ---- ----

Note: FY: Fiscal Year; MT: Metric Ton; FFP: Food for Peace; WFP: World Food Program. FY14 contribution based on funds obligated as of April 2014. Food Security Situation information provided by WFP.


Last updated: June 03, 2016

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