Subject: WFP EMERGENCY REPORT No. 10 / 2004 of 5 March

World Food Programme Emergency Report 2004 Issued Weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme

Report No. 10 of 5 March

E) Asia: (1) DPR Korea, (2) Timor Leste

2) Timor Leste

(a) The overall security situation in Timor Leste remains calm and stable. Road conditions, due to the start of the rainy season, made access to some areas difficult, especially in Bobonaro, Fatumean in Suai and Gleno in Ermera.

(b) Initial findings of joint assessment missions of the Government of Timor Leste, WFP and implementing partners indicate that the number of beneficiaries requiring food aid will reduce in Baucau and Lautem due to good crops and availability of enough food in the market. However, the number of beneficiaries will rise in Cova Lima, Manatuto and Bobonaro districts. WFP held a series of formal and informal consultations with international NGOs and FAO to review current food security situation and cropping conditions in the country. On the request of WFP, FAO along with the Agriculture department is conducting crop assessment in all the districts where WFP is targeting the operation. Initial reports suggest that there is a huge crop failure in coastal areas of Oecussi and Cova Lima. Observation from the WFP monitoring teams after the visit of sub-district Atuaro in Dili and the sub district of Lequidoe in Aileu district indicates that the prospects of crops (maize) is not good. CARE reported that the initial results of a Rapid Nutrition Screening exercise in Liquica suggest that there is approximately 40% malnourishment amongst children less than 5 years old.

(c) From 15 to 29 February, WFP distributed 740,55 tons (672.25 tons of rice and 68.3 tons of beans) to 14,805 households with 74,025 beneficiaries. The second phase of food distribution in Aileu, Ainaro (Maubisse sub-district), Baucau, Liquica, Covalima and Ermera was completed between 15 and 29 February. For Bobonaro and Lautem, distribution was expected to be finished by 3 March. In Oecussi and Dili (Atauro Island) districts the second distribution has not been completed as scheduled, due to the disruption of the functioning of ferry and barge services. Distribution to these districts will be dispatched as soon as the new ferry arrives (expected by mid March).

(d) As a capacity building measure, Government staff is gaining good experience in distribution and handing of food. In most of the places now the local Natural Disaster Management Office is fully involved in distribution of food. Implementing Partners representatives are assisting them.

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