Contribution to the WFP Emergency Food Assistance in Syria's neighbouring countries
The aim of the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Regional Emergency Operation in Syria’s neighbouring countries Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq is to save lives and maintaining food security of the targeted population of refugees as well as protect livelihoods and help prevent the depletion of assets.
The expected result is improved food consumption for the targeted Syrian refugee households.
Target group / Beneficiaries
The total target group are approx. 2.1 million registered Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey and vulnerable Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon and Egypt.
Each refugee family receives an electronic card which is uploaded monthly with the same amount for each family member (amount depending on the country and level of vulnerability).
With the Austrian contribution the WFP can assist a total of 213.350 Syrian refugees through the distribution of electronic vouchers:
126,850 beneficiaries in Lebanon receive USD 21.6 for one month
49,400 beneficiaries in Jordan receive between USD 14.1 and USD 28.3 for one month
15,250 beneficiaries in Iraq receive between USD 10 and USD 19 for one month
11,550 beneficiaries in Egypt receive USD 17 for one month
10,300 beneficiaries in Turkey receive USD 23.26 for one month
WFP implements this emergency response programme in coordination with other UN agencies (UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA), international organisations (IOM, Red Crescent organisations), the respective governments including the Kurdistan Region Ministry of Interior, Lebanese High Relief Commission and NGO partners (such as Acted, Islamic Relief, Intersos).
In addition to food vouchers it distributes in-kind food assistance in Iraq and school feeding in Jordan.
Since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, over 4 million people have fled Syria to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. Recent assessments show that refugees are becoming more impoverished, increasingly adopting negative coping practices. Due to funding shortfalls since the beginning of 2015, WFP had to reduce the value of issued electronic vouchers. Findings confirm that as a consequence food insecurity of Syrian refugees, especially in Lebanon and in Jordan, has grown significantly and the proportion of families with poor or borderline food consumption has more than tripled. WFP total funding requirements are currently USD 257 million (October 2015-March 2016).