WFP Ends Emergency Operation That Helped Many Survive Drought in Swaziland

WFP’s leading donors including the European Union, USA, CERF, Japan and the African Development Bank – contributed US$9.4 million towards food and cash assistance.

 A woman hands an anti-retroviral tablet to her husband in Mkhulamini, photographed in 2009. Photograph: Jon Hrusa/EPA
 Photograph: Jon Hrusa/EPA

“We would like to thank the donor community for its generous support, vital for those most in need,” says WFP Country Director Alberto Mendes.

Some 124,000 people received relief food. WFP also introduced cash assistance to Swaziland: this allowed some 142,000 people to choose what food to buy while injecting money into the local economy. In total, SZL56 million was transferred to mobile money accounts.

Swaziland has been among the countries hardest hit by two straight years of drought blamed on the El Niño weather event. While WFP’s emergency operation has ended, the agency will continue its assistance to Swaziland’s orphans and vulnerable children, and its “food by prescription” project for people living with HIV/AIDS.


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