The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate. More and more people are being made destitute, as fighting continues and new sectiuons of the population are displaced in the northeast. WFP is struggling to meet the urgent food needs of close to 6 million displaced people in Syria and in neighbouring countries. Operations are being run on a hand-to-mouth basis as funding is running out.
- WFP is managing to provide food assistance to around 4 million people every month inside Syria.
- WFP's goal is to deliver food assistance to the whole of Syria, reaching anyone who needs it, regardless of where they are located.
- The food rations include flour, cooking oil, pulses, sugar and some canned food.
- WFP is also providing food vouchers to pregnant and nursing mothers in Lattakia and Homs. This gives them access to nutritious foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, dairy and meat.
- About 3 million Syrian refugees are now registered in neighbouring countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey)
- WFP is assisting more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees in Syria’s neighbouring countries
- Support to refugees is mostly through food vouchers, which allow families to choose their food. They also help the local economies.
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Syria in the Media
- Shanghai Daily/ Xinhua - 5 May 2014
- Al Jazeera - 1 May 2014
- New York Times - 23 April 2014
- BBC News - 24 April 2014
- Mail Online - 4 April 2014
Humanitarian needs are growing in Syria. The conflict has brought a sharp drop in domestic food production and inflation is up dramatically, further eroding the purchasing power of households across the country. In some areas, the prices of most essential items have risen by 200 percent, and the Syrian pound has been devalued by around 80 percent. Only 5 percent of farmers were able to harvest crops which matured last summer; 20 percent said they were completely unable to harvest crops.