Bolivia Situation Report #2, 07 September 2015
• The Government officially requested WFP to support flood-affected families in the northern Santa Cruz department.
• WFP has assessed the affected area and indicated that 15,000 people are in need of food assistance.
• On 21 August, the Minister of Rural Development and Land (MDRyT) officially requested WFP support approximately 33,000 flood-affected people in 8 municipalities of the department of Santa Cruz.
• On 24-27 August, WFP carried out an initial emergency assessment. The mission was joined by the MDRyT and the Vice Ministry of Civil Defence (VIDECI). Affected families and authorities identified food as one of the main needs.
• Findings of the assessment indicate that 15,000 people are in need of food assistance in the five most affected municipalities: San Julián, Minero, San Pedro, Fernandez Alonso and Santa Rosa del Sara.
• Floods destroyed 60,000 hectares of crops, 402 houses and a large number of roads and bridges leaving more than 33,000 people isolated.
• Landless casual workers and subsistence farmers were most affected. Floods destroyed crops and access to agricultural lands, the only source of livelihood. In addition, rice from the previous harvest stored in the fields was also destroyed by the floods. As farmers lost their crops, labour opportunities for landless casual workers are limited.
• Food reserves of flood-affected subsistence farmers are at very low levels. Casual workers have no food stocks left at household level.
• In response to the shock, households are resorting to negative coping strategies, such as reducing the number and size of meals, relying on less preferred and less expensive foods, reducing food consumption of adults/mothers for young children to eat.
• The shock has critically affected household food reserves for casual laborers and will impair subsistence farmers capacity to plant for the next season.