The World Food Programme (WFP) said it has resumed distribution of life-saving food in Ethiopia’s Dawa Zone in the Somali Region following a spate of interruptions over the past 11 months due to security challenges.
Security risks along the route known as the ‘Moyale corridor’ had disrupted the emergency food aid in Dawa Zone, Southern Ethiopia which has hosted hundreds of thousands of displaced people since 2017.
“The principal victims of these disruptions are the hundreds of thousands of food-insecure people to whom food assistance and other forms of humanitarian support are delayed or not delivered,” said Addis Mengesha, Supply Chain officer with WFP in a statement on February 16th.
Strong collaboration between WFP and the Government of Ethiopia has led to the delivery of over 1,000 metric tons of food to more than 198,600 beneficiaries – internally displaced people and drought-affected communities – in Moyale district, Dawa Zone, since January 15th. This includes cereals, pulses and oil, along with the nutritional supplements corn soya blend plus plus (or CSB++) and peanut-based Plumpy’Sup.
“This is a prime example of a partnership approach between WFP and the Government of Ethiopia providing results on the ground and ultimately increasing the food security of communities in Ethiopia,” said Mengesha. “Working together we have restored an essential lifeline for some of the most vulnerable people we are here to serve,” he added.
The United Nations World Food Programme aims at saving lives in emergencies and changing lives for millions through sustainable development. WFP works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding people caught up in conflict and disasters and laying the foundations for a better future.