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The USAID-FFP is going to fund project Emergency Assistance in Lahj, Abyan and Aldale’e for Food Security (EALAAF) meaning “Uniting People’s Hearts” in Arabic. It is a $16,000,000 USD award to provide vulnerable communities with feeding through food voucher and e-voucher methods. The award will also provide nutrition counselling and behavior change through training of community volunteers and health care workers.

The goal of the project is to contribute to reducing food insecurity in a safe, dignified, and equitable manner among vulnerable conflict-affected households in Abyan, Al Dhale’e and Lahj Governorates of Yemen through provision of life-saving food voucher assistance with complementary nutrition-related activities. The project will respond to the emerging and ever-escalating need for food security, targeting some of Yemen’s most impoverished governorates in the south. Households are targeted to receive food assistance and nutritional awareness messages for twelve (12) cycles throughout the program life cycle with a complementary nutrition education and training, including nutrition counselling and behavior change messaging, child malnutrition screening and referrals in addition to piloting cooking demonstration activities.

Activities: 

  • Providing twelve cycles of food assistance through fixed-value vouchers to vulnerable and conflict affected households using paper and electronic voucher distribution metholds;
  • Distribution of printed materials with 24 nutritional awareness messages throughout the twelve distribution cycles;
  • Providing nutrition awareness sessions at food vouchers distribution sites, delivering two nutritional messages per distribution cycle;
  • Providing in-home nutrition consultations to mothers and women in childbearing age and participating household members on various health and nutrition messages;
  • Conducting demonstration activities through home visits as a pilot;
  • Providing training to community health volunteers and healthcare staff on CMAM;
  • Screening, identification and referral of suspected malnourished Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) and children under five to the proper nutrition service providing centers.