United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided food assistance to 1,600 families in six months in Djibouti.

The UN entity, Development Diaries understands, provided the humanitarian support through its monthly cash transfer to cushion food insecurity in the country.

The project, funded by the USAID, is part of the UN’s response plan to cushion the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and locust invasion in the Horn of Africa nation.

A desert locust invasion since December 2019 has left 29 percent of the total population of Djibouti suffering from chronic food insecurity, data from Relief Web reveals.

According to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the desert locust invasion is a serious threat to the food security of Djibouti.

Data from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) shows that food insecurity affects nearly one in ten people in Djibouti.

Additional data from the WFP shows that poverty rates stand at 79 percent, with 42 percent of the Djibouti population living in extreme poverty.

‘Within this programme, 1,600 families received food assistance through monthly cash transfers for [six] months. Thanks to food stamps, these families can buy food from selected retailers in their region @WFP #Djibouti’, the UN said in a tweet.

Source: United Nations Djibouti

Photo source: Darren Puttock

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