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Agriculture and Food Security

Food and Humanitarian Assistance

In December 2017, Food for Peace (FFP) hosted a bootcamp in Djibouti, which allowed participants to visits Djibouti's ports, through which USG food assistance to Djibouti and the sub-region is processed. Photo credit: US Embassy Djibouti
In December 2017, Food for Peace (FFP) hosted a bootcamp in Djibouti, which allowed participants to visits Djibouti's ports, through which USG food assistance to Djibouti and the sub-region is processed.
U.S. Embassy Djibouti

USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) funds the UN World Food Program (WFP) to provide food assistance to 75,600 of the most vulnerable and severely food-insecure people in Djibouti, focusing on refugees and rural, food-insecure households. FFP activities utilize U.S. in-kind food aid in targeted relief and recovery interventions to reduce short-term hunger among rural communities affected by recurrent drought emergencies and increasing food prices, while also supporting asset-creation activities that build community resilience to shocks. In addition, FFP furnishes U.S. in-kind food aid to refugees in Ali Addeh and Hol Hol  camps in Ali Sabieh Region and Markazi camp in Obock Region through general food distributions.

Food for Peace Bootcamp, visit to port. Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Djibouti
U.S. Embassy Djibouti

In Fiscal Year 2017, FFP began supporting cash-based transfers to complement in-kind food distributions for refugees. These cash transfers aim to improve the nutrition status of refugees by increasing their dietary diversity, as well as expanding their purchasing power and bolstering local markets. FFP also provides funding and in-kind ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to treat severe acutely malnourished children under 5 years of age throughout Djibouti.  In FY 2017, FFP provided a total of $5.0 million in assistance, including 3,458 Metric Tons of in-kind food aid and cash transfers.  USAID/Djibouti provides administrative and logistical support to personnel of USAID/Washington, and the two regional FFP offices (Ethiopia and Nairobi) during their monitoring and evaluation visits to Djibouti.

Food for Peace Bootcamp, visit to port. Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Djibouti
U.S. Embassy Djibouti
 
Because of its strategic location, accessible ports and highways that extend to Ethiopia and Somalia, Djibouti is extremely important to FFP and UN programs throughout the Horn of Africa and parts of the Gulf, serving as the entry point for humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia, Somalia, and Yemen. Most of the humanitarian food and non-food products shipped to Ethiopia travel by road from Djibouti.  Food aid and medical supplies to combat the cholera and diphtheria epidemics in Yemen are also transferred via Djibouti by UN agencies and International NGOs.

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Last updated: June 25, 2019

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