Reduction of food rations for Sahrawi refugees

This post is also available in: Español (Spanish) Português (Portuguese (Portugal)) The United Nations World Food Program is forced to reduce food rations for Sahrawi refugees living in Algeria

The lack of funds available from the World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations has as consequence that Sahrawi refugees living in the camps in Algeria receive reduced rations of food that do not meet the minimum daily needs.

WFP has had to distribute less food as a last resort in order to extend food assistance to refugees over time. The problem is that the hundreds of thousands of Sahrawis living in the Algerian camps have already received limited rations for decades that the cuts in the WFP budget have caused them to be further reduced to the point where the risk of malnutrition and anemia will increase dangerously.

At the beginning of 2018, WFP modified its food typology, providing less expensive cereals and other cheaper solutions. Despite these measures to make the available funding more widespread, WFP was unable to avoid reducing food rations after August. Since then, they no longer cover the recommended daily nutritional minimums. The food basket is reviewed each month, in view of resource forecasts and available stocks.

WFP continues to advocate for funding. However, the current deficit to the end of 2019 is 2 million dollars.

The situation will be even more critical next year, with an estimated deficit of 9.2 million, over 20 million dollars per year.

The World Food Program has supported refugees from Western Sahara in Algeria since 1986. In Saharawi camps, food distributions are combined with activities to prevent and treat malnutrition with a school feeding program, with the objective of maintaining registration and assistance of refugee children in schools. All WFP assistance in Algeria is carried out and monitored in collaboration with national international organizations.