The May ceasefire is still holding. Rapid inflation and depreciation of the local currency (Drams) is causing widespread poverty – the Government estimates 88% of population living below poverty line.
Humanitarian assistance concentrating on maintaining supplies of wheat and wheat flour to state bread programme, direct distributions to refugees and the `socially vulnerable’, and provision of medicines and infant formula.
Most of the food aid is entering the country via the port of Poti in Georgia. The principal donors are ECHO, EU member states, the USA and WFP. The IFRC and the Armenian Red Cross are heavily involved in final distributions.