This Operation expired in February 2016
In December 2013, a surge of violence and sectarian conflict in C.A.R. triggered a humanitarian crisis, causing large scale displacement and widespread food insecurity. Presidential and legislative elections were held at the end of December 2015. In January, the latter were annulled due to alleged irregularities and postponed to a date yet to be defined, whereas a second round of presidential elections is scheduled for 14 February 2016. Further violence and subsequent population displacement are expected around election time. Against this background, the recent Emergency Food Security Assessment finds that half of the population (2.5 million people) are food insecure.
Following the third budget revision to the regional Emergency Operation (EMOP) 200799, WFP aims to expand cash-based assistance in areas where markets are accessible and responsive to cash injection. To strengthen the preparedness of the Country Office to further violence and displacements, to continuously monitor the food security situation across the country and to evaluate the possibility of expanding CBTs activities in C.A.R., WFP aims to undertake the following activities:
Recruit, a consultant or locate someone for a TDY, someone with WFP Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) expertise, for three months to assist the Country Office in fully implementing the Emergency Preparedness and Response Package (EPRP)
Launch the mVAM platform to collect household food security data and food prices in remote areas
Carry out market assessments and sectorial capacity assessments to evaluate the opportunities and constraints of local market-based responses