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Response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

In response to the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the Government of the Republic of the Philippines welcomed international assistance on 9 November, 2013.

The clusters, including the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster, were activated on 9 November.

As of 10 April, Cluster Partners had reached about 554,050 people under the emergency operation. Food assistance has also been provided to 534,290 other food-insecure people, including refugees and displaced people in areas not directly affected by violence.

A food and nutrition crisis is affecting millions of people across the Sahel Region of Western Africa this year, due to a combination of drought, high grain prices, decrease in remittances, environmental degradation, displacement of population, due to conflict which is affecting part of the region, coupled with chronic poverty and vulnerability.

The February dispatch cycle for distribution of in-kind food assistance is currently underway, with a plan to deliver up to 850,000 family food rations, sufficient for over 4.2 million beneficiaries, to partners for distribution. Food sector members continue to find alternative modalities to deliver food aid to areas with prolonged access constraints.

The Central African Republic (CAR) is a sparsely populated and landlocked country of 4.6 million inhabitants. Despite its wealth in mineral and natural resources, CAR ranks 180 out of 187 countries in the 2012 UNDP Human Development Index.

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