Additional Contribution to the WFP Emergency Food Assistance Syria 2016
The programme to which this grant contributes aims to provide food assistance to vulnerable households in Syria whose food and nutrition security has been adversely affected by the war.
The expected result of the programme is timely provision of food in sufficient quantity and quality to targeted beneficiaries affected by the war in Syria in order to improve food consumption for the targeted emergency-affected households over the assistance period.
The WFP emergency food assistance is implemented through 34 partners, including the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), 21 local charities and two international NGO (the Aga Khan Foundation and Action Contre la Faim) operating from inside Syria, and ten INGO partners facilitating distribution of supplies delivered through cross-border missions from Jordan and Turkey under the framework of UNSCR 2165 and subsequent resolutions. In addition, WFP works closely with UNICEF, UNDP, FAO, and UNFPA and line Ministries to implement and coordinate its activities. The WFP together with its partners supports a total of 4.5 mio people within this emergency operation. Beneficiaries include internally displaced persons, host communities as well as resident families in the worst affected and most food insecure areas.
Districts with a high prevalence of food insecurity and hard-to-reach and besieged areas identified through geographical targeting are prioritized, followed by a household targeting exercise based on broad vulnerability criteria. The WFP is active in all 14 Syrian governorates with its food assistance currently reaching 12 governorates (Aleppo, Idleb, Hama, Lattakia, Tartous, Homs, Damascus, Rural Damascus, Dar’a. Al-Hassakeh, As-Sweida, Quneitra).
With this Austrian contribution of EUR 600,000 the WFP can assist 593,705 beneficiaries for one month through the procurement of 1,187.41 mt of Bulgur Wheat. These quantities complement other commodities, enabling WFP to assemble food baskets to provide general emergency food assistance.
Since the outbreak of the conflict, the precarious security situation in Syria displaced over 11 mio people, displacing 6.5 mio internally – some multiple times. In total, 13.5 mio people in Syria need humanitarian assistance, including 6 mio children. Large-scale infrastructural damage and inadequacy of basic services eroded available resources and shrunk household's resilience capacity, leaving 8.7 mio people in food insecurity or at risk of food insecurity. Moreover, reduced food production, decreased governmental subsidies, and currency depreciation increased food prices over 300% since 2011, further compromising poor households’ ability to meet their food needs. Total funding requirements for this WFP Emergency Operation amount to USD 2.84 billion.