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Food assistance to vulnerable Syrian populations in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey affected by the events in Syria

This operation has been modified as per Budget Revision 12 (see below).

This revision to emergency operation (EMOP) 200433, which responds to the worsening regional refugee emergency resulting from the crisis in Syria, will: Scale up beneficiary planning figures for the region from 1,225,000 to 2,554,820 by December 2013. Some 2.2 million of these are Syrian refugees and 320,000 are non-Syrian beneficiaries, including Palestinian Refugees from Syria (PRS) in Lebanon and Egypt, and Lebanese returnees and host populations in Lebanon. Include a targeted supplementary programme for malnourished children under the age of five (CU5) and pregnant and lactating women (PLW) plus an age-appropriate food for children under the age of two for the prevention of acute malnutrition in Jordan.

The events in the Syrian Arab Republic have led to thousands of Syrians fleeing to the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, resulting in significant humanitarian needs.

The events in the Syrian Arab Republic have led to thousands of Syrians fleeing to the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, resulting in significant humanitarian needs. This WFP emergency operation (EMOP) is to provide food assistance as part of a broader framework of support to refugees under the leadership of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). WFP proposes a regional EMOP for a coherent, flexible response and to align its planning with the UNHCR-led United Nations Syria Regional Response Plan. It will support strong partnerships with governments, United Nations organizations and non-governmental organizations. The EMOP will support food-insecure refugees in the countries neighbouring Syria.

The goal is to meet immediate food needs while curbing negative coping strategies for a population that has sustained multiple shocks over the past year. The EMOP will mainly use vouchers so that beneficiaries, who are predominantly in urban settings, can purchase food from local markets and participate in the economy. In this context, vouchers can be more easily monitored, and scaled up or down in response to changes. Some in-kind assistance will be provided through hot meals for people in transit centres in Jordan, moving to basic food commodities when the centres have cooking facilities.

WFP will also provide in-kind food assistance to refugees in Iraq until the voucher modality is operational.