Food support for Aleppo

Contract partner: ÖRK - Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz Country: Syrien Funding amount: € 350.000,00 Project start: 29.09.2016 End: 28.03.2018

Short Description:

Overall goal

The overall project goal contributes to meeting the most urgent humanitarian needs in Syria. Specifically, it aims to meet the immediate food needs of the most vulnerable population in and around Aleppo, including hard to reach and besieged areas.

Expected results

8 000 households (40 000 beneficiaries) in and around Aleppo are provided with food parcels to cover their immediate food needs.

Target group / Beneficiaries

8 000 households (40 000 beneficiaries) with immediate food needs will be selected in Aleppo region as identified by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent through assessment criteria. Target groups include persons living in hard to reach and besieged areas.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent with a total of 7,000 active staff and volunteers in 14 branches and 68 active sub-branches throughout the country will be the implementing partner of the project in close coordination with other partners of the RC/RC Movement. The project is part of the larger Red Cross/ Red Crescent response to provide humanitarian aid in Syria.



40 000 beneficiaries will receive food parcels to meet their basic food needs for 3-4 weeks. The Austrian Red Cross will be responsible for the international procurement and transportation of the parcels. SARC with the support of the International Federation (IFRC) will be responsible for import, handling and warehousing in Syria. SARC will assess the situation, select and register beneficiaries and distribute the food parcels.


The conflict in Syria is currently the largest and most complex humanitarian crisis in the world, with no end in sight. Humanitarian needs continue to rise. There are 8 Mio. internally displaced people within Syria. According to ECHO, 13,5 Mio. men, women and children are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria. 4,5 Mio. people live in hard-to-reach or besieged areas, including in Aleppo. In all Syria, food insecurity has increased, affecting 9.4 million people in June 2016 compared to 8.7 million in September 2015. There are 2.5 million severely food insecure people in besieged areas, where food security is a major concern. This is due to limited food availability, extremely high prices, and a complete breakdown of livelihoods.

project number 2694-05/2016
source of funding AKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
modality Project-type interventions
marker Gender: 1, Poverty: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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