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Reducing food insecurity of households affected by political
and security instability in the sub-prefecture of Birao


Food security and livelihood

Food security and livelihood


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FROM 09/17/2019 TO 12/21/2019




Following clashes in north-eastern CAR in September 2019, the security context has changed, giving rise to waves of internally displaced persons (IDPs). IDPs gathered in reception camps. There is a strong need to support food access for these vulnerable households who do not have access to any other food supplies.  

TGH is one of the only actors present to be able to respond to the needs of these populations in terms of Food Security. It is also the only humanitarian actor in the area to carry out multisectoral emergency and recovery activities. It has been doing so for more than 10 years. TGH organises the distribution of rations and BP5 biscuits¹ together with the World Food Programme. TGH is targeting 15,456 displaced persons who will benefit directly from activities supporting access to food through food distributions. Awareness-raising activities are also carried out to inform the beneficiaries of the organisation of the distributions.

The aim of the intervention is to meet the food needs of the populations affected by the Birao crisis through continued food distributions. The rations consist of a mixture of cereals, legumes, oil, super-cereal and salt. Distributions are organised in the reception camps in Birao, subject to proper security conditions and acceptance by the communities. Distributions are carried out over several days, depending on the organisation of cargo planes bringing food to Birao airport. The security context forces TGH to have several distribution points.

Due to the great vulnerability of children, a system for monitoring acute malnutrition among children and referring them to the competent structures has been set up. During distributions, a global screening of child malnutrition is carried out. However, TGH does not have the mandate or expertise to determine precisely whether a child is malnourished or not. Therefore, all children who seem to need further follow-up are immediately referred to the health centers. Follow-up is then carried out to ensure that they have been to the health centre and that they have indeed been cared for.

¹ https://documents.wfp.org/stellent/groups/public/documents/manual_guide_proced/wfp260004.pdf