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644500
12/18/2014 - 11:12
WFP Ambassadors

Today, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and European Union are shining a spotlight during the coming holiday season on the universal custom of the family meal, by launching the Family Meal Photo Competition, with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on the judging panel.

From today until 11 January 2015, people around the world are asked to capture why sharing a family meal is important to them. Is it because of the secret family recipe, which has been passed on for generations? Is it because you are together only once a year, and therefore that one family meal is extra special? Or, could it be that you use produce from your garden grown with tender care?

The competition is the latest element of the project “The Family Meal – What brings us together?” a joint initiative of WFP and the European Commission’s Department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO). Photographer Chris Terry travelled to five countries on three continents to capture the essence of WFP’s work: providing family meals worldwide.

“Everyone I photographed was so generous with their time and hospitality.  They invited me into their homes and communities and allowed me to photograph them while they were at a vulnerable time in their lives. They offered to share what little they had with me,” Terry says.

“To me, this illustrates that around the world families and communities share a need to eat together. It also reminded me how lucky my own family is to have food regularly, and how important it is to cherish the meals we cook and share together. Catching up on the day and making plans for the next, I love our family meals.”

Chef Jamie Oliver, the photo competition’s judge, agrees: “Taking the time to share a healthy, nutritious meal together is the heart and soul of families all over the world. The Family Meal Project shows, through incredible photography and inspiring stories, that enjoying a meal with loved ones is a universal thing, happening at dinner tables everywhere. Please snap and share why family meals are important to you.”

There will be two winners, one selected by Jamie Oliver and the Family Meal project’s photographer Chris Terry, and one by public voting. To enter the international photo competition and to read the rules, please follow this web link: www.familymeal.eu/photo-competition.html

Winners will have their photo included in the travelling Family Meal photo exhibition, which will be displayed in European capitals in 2015. In addition, they will receive a personally signed cookbook by Jamie Oliver, and their photos will be featured on the project’s website:  www.familymeal.eu  

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Evin Joyce, WFP/Brussels, +32(0)496507432/+32(0)25501620
Inge Zondag, WFP/Brussels, +32 (0) 495 293 776/ +32 (0) 255 016 23

 

BRUSSELS/ROME – Why is sharing a family meal important to you? In today’s rushed world, it is more important than ever to make time to sit down with your loved ones and enjoy a meal, to share stories, dreams and laughter or simply just to be in each other’s company.

644491
12/18/2014 - 09:11
Responding to Emergencies

“Over the past four years, we have averted a hunger crisis for the most vulnerable Syrians. In 2015, we must protect against a hunger crisis while also building Syrians’ resilience and their ability to cope with the challenges that they face – as well as providing support to host communities who have opened their homes to receive them,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Emergency Coordinator for the Syria crisis.

“WFP will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with host communities, NGO partners and sister agencies in addressing the most vital needs of vulnerable Syrians displaced in their country and in neighbouring countries,” Hadi said, speaking to UN and government officials during the Berlin launch of the 2015 plans.

WFP’s Programmes in Syria in 2015

In 2015, WFP will keep focusing on life-saving food assistance inside Syria by providing monthly food rations for 4.25 million people, mainly displaced families. During the year, WFP plans to move some families from general food distribution to Food-for-Work projects to build their resilience and help bring their lives back to normalcy. The goal will be to assist close to half a million people through Food-for-Work and vocational training projects, bringing the total number assisted inside Syria to 4.5 million by the end of the year.

WFP will work in close coordination with other UN agencies and partners inside Syria with special food assistance programmes designed in connection with UNICEF’s ‘No Lost Generation’ and ‘Return to Learning’ strategies and FAO’s backyard kitchen gardening and poultry production projects.

WFP will also expand school feeding inside Syria to reach 500,000 students in areas with high concentration of displaced people and will scale up efforts to fight malnutrition by providing supplementary feeding for around 30,000 acutely malnourished children particularly in hard-to-reach areas. Around 240,000 children will receive specialized nutrition products in districts where the acute malnutrition rates are above five percent.

More than 15,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers will continue to benefit from WFP’s food voucher programme with a plan to expand further in areas where the market and security situations allow.

WFP’s Programmes for Syrian Refugees in 2015

In neighbouring countries, WFP will expand its assistance through electronic vouchers – also known as e-cards – to 2.1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. The e-cards are similar to debit cards. Each month, they are loaded with an average of US$27 per family member, to be redeemed against a list of food items including fresh produce.  The system boosts the local economy of host communities. So far, WFP has injected close to US$1 billion in the local economies of the neighbouring countries.

WFP requires an immediate US$339 million to support operations in Syria and the five neighbouring countries for the first three months of 2015.

“We are entirely funded by voluntary contributions from donor countries, individuals and private donors.  Our appeals for funding are based entirely on the needs of vulnerable Syrians,” said Hadi. “We have always relied heavily on our traditional donors and today we appeal to the whole world to come together for the Syrian people so that no child, woman or man goes hungry.”

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mob. +20 1066634352. Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600
Joelle Eid, WFP/Amman, Mob. +962 79727 9403
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646-8241112

 

BERLIN – As part of the United Nations launch of the Syria Strategic Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Resilience plan for 2015, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) appealed today in Berlin for close to US$1.5 billion in 2015 to feed over 6.5 million Syrians displaced inside their country and sheltering in neighbouring countries.

644483
12/17/2014 - 15:18

Nearly 700,000 people will need food assistance from December 2014 until the next crop harvest, according to the November data of the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC), which is a committee made up of the Government of Malawi, UN agencies, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and development partners.

The MVAC showed that while there was an overall production improvement this year, leading to a modest maize surplus at national level, pockets of the country are still unable to meet their basic food needs due to prolonged dry spells and flooding that diminished household production. Access to food has been further limited by maize prices that remain about 30 percent higher than the five-year average.

Last lean season, 1.85 million people needed food assistance in 24 out of 28 districts. This lean season, 20 districts will be affected by food insecurity.

“WFP is working with the Government and partners to meet the immediate food and nutrition needs of the most vulnerable, as well as to address the underlying drivers of food and nutrition insecurity,” said WFP Acting Country Director Baton Osmani. “We’re doing this by linking relief to longer-term resilience and safety net programmes, investing in innovations and strengthening partnerships,” he said.

Under the coordination of the government, WFP and its partners aim to reach 62 percent of the vulnerable population, or up to 429,000 people, in 16 of the affected districts with monthly food distributions (maize, pulses and vegetable oil) and monthly cash transfers from December to March. A consortium of international NGOs is assisting the rest of those in need through cash transfers. Assistance will start in the six most affected districts in December and then progressively scale-up to all 20 districts by February 2015.
Families receiving food assistance that have pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers or children under two years of age will also receive fortified blended food (Super Cereal or Super Cereal Plus, respectively) to prevent malnutrition. WFP is also piloting vouchers, which will allow eligible women and children in two selected areas of Blantyre and Lilongwe districts to purchase locally-sold Super Cereal.

To tackle underlying causes of food and nutrition insecurity, WFP and partners will deliver key behaviour change messages on agriculture, nutrition, gender, HIV/AIDS and protection issues, as well as provide training on raising small livestock or making kitchen gardens. In some areas, WFP will also offer asset creation opportunities, such as providing food assistance in exchange for constructing community irrigation schemes, to increase communities’ capacity to deal with increasingly risky environments.

“The Government of Malawi acknowledges the efforts that WFP is making, in collaboration with other partners, to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable people, while at the same time building resilience in communities to improve livelihoods,” said the Secretary and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs Paul Chiunguzeni.

WFP is grateful for donors’ generous support. Contributions from the United States Agency for International Development, Britain’s UKaid, and the Government of Germany are funding the response.

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Gift Mafuleka, mafulekagift@yahoo.com, Deputy Director, Department of  Disaster Management Affairs, Government of Malawi, Mob. +265 (0) 999 205 939
Sarah Rawson, sarah.rawson@wfp.org , WFP/Lilongwe, Mob. +265 (0)999 972 402

 

The Government of Malawi together with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners are today launching a lean season relief operation to meet the food and nutrition needs of the most vulnerable people affected by low household crop production and high food prices.

644473
12/17/2014 - 12:20

ROME - The number of people facing food insecurity due to the Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone could top one million by March 2015 unless access to food is drastically improved and measures are put in place to safeguard crop and livestock production, two UN agencies warned.

The disease's impact is potentially devastating in the three countries already coping with chronic food insecurity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in three country reports published today.

Border closures, quarantines, hunting bans and other restrictions are seriously hindering people's access to food, threatening their livelihoods, disrupting food markets and processing chains, and exacerbating shortages stemming from crop losses in areas with the highest Ebola infection rates, the FAO-WFP reports stressed.
In December 2014, half a million people are estimated to be severely food insecure in the three worst hit Western African countries.

The loss of productivity and household income due to Ebola-related deaths and illness as well as people staying away from work, for fear of contagion, is compounding an economic slowdown in the three countries.

The situation comes at a time when more food needs to be imported by all three countries, but revenues derived from export commodities are affected.
In their reports, the Rome-based FAO and WFP underscore how the outbreak of Ebola has caused a significant shock to the food and agriculture sectors in the affected countries.

While estimated crop losses appear relatively modest at national level, sharp disparities in production have emerged between areas with high infection rates and other regions in the three worst-hit countries.

In particular, labour shortages have marred farming operations such as planting and weeding while movement restrictions and fear of the disease have disrupted agricultural market chains.

"The outbreak has revealed the vulnerability of current food production systems and value chains in the worst Ebola-affected countries", said FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, Bukar Tijani. "FAO and partners need to act urgently to overcome the agriculture and market disruptions and their immediate impact on livelihoods which could result in a food security crisis. With timely support, we can prevent the outbreak from having a severe and long-lasting impact on rural communities," he added.

"The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been a wake-up call for the world", said WFP Emergency Response Coordinator Denise Brown in Dakar. "The virus is having a terrible impact on the three worst-hit countries and will continue to affect many people's access to food for the foreseeable future. While working with partners to make things better, we must be prepared for them to get worse," she said.

Call for urgent action

FAO and WFP call for urgent action to re-establish the farming system in the three countries. Measures should enable most severely affected people to access agricultural inputs, such as seeds and fertilizers, in time for the next planting season and adopt improved technology to address labour shortages. The reports also recommend cash transfers or vouchers for affected people to buy food as a way of overcoming their income loss and help stimulate markets.

These efforts should go hand in hand with ongoing actions aimed at stopping the spread of the disease such as awareness-raising and related training.
In numbers

In Guinea, 230 000 people are estimated to be severely food insecure because of the impact of Ebola, and by March 2015, the number is expected to swell to more than 470 000. Aggregate food crop production in Guinea for 2014 is expected to be about three percent lower than in the previous year.

In Liberia, 170 000 people are estimated to be severely food insecure because of the impact of Ebola, and by March 2015, the number is expected to swell to almost 300 000. The rapid growth in the spread of Ebola in Liberia coincided with the crop-growing and harvesting periods, and farm labour shortages have resulted in an estimated 8 percent decline in aggregate food crop production.

In Sierra Leone, FAO-WFP estimates for November 2014 indicate that 120 000 people in Sierra Leone are severely food insecure due to the impact of Ebola. By March 2015, this number is expected to climb to 280 000. Aggregate food production is estimated to be 5 percent lower than 2013. However, rice production is expected to dip by as much as 17 per cent in one of the country's most infected areas, Kailahun, which is usually one of the country's most productive agricultural areas.

FAO and WFP's response to the crisis

FAO is providing assistance to 200 000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Crucial activities include community campaigns to help stop the spread of the disease, strengthening savings and loan schemes, particularly those involving women; and provision of in-kind or financial support to vulnerable households to safeguard livelihoods and incomes.

WFP is focusing on meeting the basic food and nutrition needs of affected families and communities in the three worst-affected countries. So far, WFP has provided food assistance to more than two million people. WFP is also providing crucial transport and logistics support, particularly to medical partners, and is building Ebola treatments centres and storage hubs for humanitarian interventions.

The scope of the crisis remains large in 2015, and both UN agencies urgently require more funding to continue to assist the most vulnerable communities whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the disease.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

The Food and Agriculture Organization leads international efforts to defeat hunger. We help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. FAO focuses special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people.

For more information please contact:
Zoie Jones, WFP/Rome, Tel (+39) 06 6513 3940, Mob. (+39) 342 902 5566 cell. zoie.jones@wfp.org
David Orr,  WFP/Dakar, Tel.  (+221) 338 496 50; Mob.  (+221) 776 375 964 cell. david.orr@wfp.org
Peter Mayer, FAO Media Relations (Rome).  Tel (+39) 06 570 53304. peter.mayer@fao.org
Sonia Nguyen, FAO (Dakar). Tel (+221) 33 889 16 28, Mob (+221) 77 333 12 89 cell. sonia.nguyen@fao.org

 

Lack of access to food in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could threaten over one million people
 

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12/16/2014 - 15:25

Russia is among WFP’s top 20 donors, contributing more than US$60 million this year alone.  The financial contribution, supported by in-kind donations and expertise, assists WFP’s global response to multiple emergencies, notably for the Syria operation, as well as other locations in the Middle East and Africa and in the CIS countries.   Meetings were held today with high-ranking officials from the three key line ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Emergencies to discuss future humanitarian efforts.  

“Hungry people around the world will benefit from the expanding, reliable and innovative investments by the Russian government to WFP programmes,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, after officially signing the partnership agreement with Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.   

One of the highlights of Cousin’s first visit to Russia, was the ceremonial handover, on Red Square, of 15 KAMAZ trucks.  The Ministry of Finance has donated a total 218 trucks, provided to WFP with the support of the Ministry of Emergencies. Many of the KAMAZ trucks have already been delivering life-saving assistance in the “deep field” to millions of people whose access to food has been cut off by conflict or disaster.  The trucks are equipped with GLONASS navigation system and they are especially suitable for reaching remote areas in countries ranging from Afghanistan to the Central African Republic.    

WFP and Russia have already demonstrated a strong partnership in school feeding – in neighbouring Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – with plans to expand the programme to provide children in countries such as Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco with school meals that will foster education as well as bring long-term benefits for poor communities.  

During the talks, another aspect of collaboration was discussed including the possible stand-by partnership with the Ministry of Emergencies.  This envisages a direct provision of assets and services to assist WFP’s emergency work in hotspots.   

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Caroline Hurford, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 348 132 5018
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646-8241112

 

MOSCOW – Recognising a solid and growing relationship, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the government of the Russian Federation today signed an important strategic partnership agreement that will spearhead joint efforts on many fronts to end global hunger and malnutrition.

644478
12/14/2014 - 13:47

Norway’s contribution of NOK12,400,000 (US$1.9 million)  will enable WFP to treat 50,000 pregnant women, nursing mothers and children aged under five affected by moderate acute malnutrition in Darfur, with 900 metric tons of specialised nutritous food (SuperCereal Plus). Each year, an estimated 2 million children under five are affected by acute malnutrition in Sudan. Children suffering this condition are between three and twelve  times more at risk of dying than well-nourished children.

“This year we have seen an unprecedented number of large scale humanitarian crises around the world, including South Sudan, Central African Republic, and Syria, creating enormous pressure on global humanitarian funding”, says Norway’s Ambassador, Morten Aasland. “At the same time there are major humanitarian needs here in Sudan; in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile in particular, which Norway sees as important to continue to address.”

“Through WFP’s programe, Norway is able to facilitate relief to some of the most vulnerable groups in Sudan, although, it is very important that the conditions are such that help can actually reach those in need without unnecessary complications”, concludes Aasland.  

Providing adequate nutrition to mothers and children among vulnerable people across Sudan is a key priority for WFP.   Since the beginning of 2014,  nearly 88,000 children under five, pregnant and nursing women have received supplementary food from WFP-supported nutrition centres for the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition.   So far, almost 87 percent of them have been cured.  In 2014, WFP aims to assist a total of 275,000 people suffering moderate acute malnutrition across Sudan.  

"We are grateful to the government of Norway for its continued support.  This contribution furthers WFP's critical partnership with Norway in protecting Sudan's most vulnerable people.  It will help us treat moderate acute malnutrition among young children and pregnant and nursing mothers and prevent them from sliding into severe malnutrition,” said WFP Sudan Country Director Adnan Khan.

Earlier this year, Norway contributed NOK2,244,350 (US$400,000) to assist WFP’s response to the influx of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.  Since 2010, Norway has contributed a total of US$8.8 million to WFP’s emergency operations in Sudan.
 
Sudan remains one of WFP’s largest and most complex operations, providing food assistance to people suffering conflict, displacement and chronic under-nourishment in Darfur, as well as in the east and border areas to the south.
In 2014, WFP plans to have assisted 4.1 million people across Sudan – 3.2 million of them in the conflict-affected region of Darfur – through general food distributions, food for training, food for work, school feeding and nutrition programmes to prevent and treat moderate acute malnutrition among women and children.
 
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Abdulaziz Abdulmomin, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2123), Mob. +249 912167055

 

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a substantial donation from Norway’s government towards emergency operations in Sudan.

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12/11/2014 - 11:06

WFP will work with the non-government organization Nutrition Education International (NEI) to build the factory in Parwan province, north of Kabul, which will produce protein-rich, sterilized soy milk from soybeans. WFP and NEI will also collaborate over the next three years to increase local soybean production.

“On behalf of WFP, I would like to thank the Government of the Republic of Korea. This donation will allow WFP and partners to help farmers improve agricultural productivity, while at the same time working to reduce malnutrition in Afghanistan,” said Angelline Rudakubana, WFP’s Deputy Country Director.
 
The residual soybean pulp from the milk-making process will be turned into chicken feed. This feed will be provided to vulnerable local women to encourage them to raise poultry to generate income. The factory will begin operating in 12 months.

“Korea, like Afghanistan, has experienced the hardship of war and Korea wants to share its experience in achieving rapid economic and social development,” Cha Youngcheol, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Afghanistan said. “The Korean Government hopes the soy milk factory and chicken feed project contribute to Afghanistan’s reconstruction by supporting farmers and women to become more productive and by improving the nutrition of the Afghan people.”

Recently, the Republic of Korea has become a strong supporter of WFP activities in Afghanistan. They generously supported WFP and NEI’s activities to enhance agricultural productivity including soybean promotion among local farmers with a donation of US$13 million in 2013.  Also in 2013, US$9 million was provided to support WFP’s asset-creation projects with the aim of boosting food security in Afghanistan.  
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WFP has been working in Afghanistan for more than 50 years with the aim of helping Afghans build a hunger-free future for themselves and their country. WFP food is distributed on the basis of need, without regard for ethnicity, religion or political affiliation.
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Keiko Izushi, WFP/Kabul, Mob. +93 706004885, E-mail: Keiko.izushi@wfp.org
Wahidullah Amani, WFP/Kabul, Mob. +93 706004884, E-mail; Wahidullah.amani@wfp.org
Fezeh Hosseini, WFP/Kabul, Mob. +93 706004847, Fezeh.hosseini@wfp.org

 

KABUL – The Government of the Republic of Korea has announced a contribution of US$12 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to build the country’s first soy milk factory. The donation was formalised in a signing ceremony in Kabul attended by high-level representatives from the Government of Korea and senior WFP staff.

644381
12/10/2014 - 10:23

ROME – Following an unprecedented social media campaign, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the tally of contributions by government donors towards the reinstatement of food assistance to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees.

Thanks to substantial support from government partners in donor countries, a total of US$88.4 million has been raised to date.  As this exceeds the goal of US$64 million required to fund the refugee programme in December, it allows WFP to cover some of the refugees’ food needs in January.

Over recent days, the following (in alphabetical order) have announced contributions: Belgium (US$138,000),  European Union (US$6.2 million), Germany (US$5.4 million), Ireland (US$1.1 million), Netherlands (US$7.5 million), Norway (US$10.2 million), Qatar (US$2 million), Saudi Arabia (US$52 million) and Switzerland (US$2.1 million).  

The total also includes US$1.8 million from individuals and private sector donors.

“We are extremely grateful for this extraordinary support, which means that by next week, Syrian refugees in five neighbouring countries will be able to use their electronic vouchers again to buy food for their families from local shops,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.  

“I take this opportunity to thank all of our donors who during the year have provided the money to ensure that Syrian refugees have access to food.  As this increasingly ‘hand-to-mouth’ operation moves into winter, we are counting on our donors not to lose sight of the needs of these vulnerable people.  We are already focused on January, when the needs will be just as great.”

WFP’s donation page is still up and running on http://www.wfp.org/ForSyrianRefugees and the public can continue to contribute to WFP’s life-saving assistance for displaced Syrians.

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, WFP has succeeded, despite fighting and problems of access, in meeting the food needs of millions of displaced people inside Syria and up to 1.7 million refugees in the neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

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Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570  
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mob. +20 1066634352. Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634
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ROME – Following an unprecedented social media campaign, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the tally of contributions by government donors towards the reinstatement of food assistance to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees.

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12/10/2014 - 09:50

“These funds will go immediately to help people facing hunger and an uncertain future. We are extremely grateful for this assistance, which comes at a crucial moment for these refugees – all of whom have fled protracted conflict,” said WFP’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “The compassion and commitment shown by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud will help save the refugees, especially children, from the pain and debilitating effects of hunger.”

The contribution includes US$52 million to assist about 1.7 million Syrian refugees who had faced suspension of their food assistance this month, just at the start of another harsh winter; US$42 million for refugees sheltering in Ethiopia, many from South Sudan; and US$10 million to provide nutrition to refugees in Kenya.

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, WFP has been assisting up to 1.7 million refugees in the neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt as well as providing food assistance to up to four million displaced people inside Syria, despite fighting and problems of access.

In Ethiopia, WFP is supporting some 650,000 refugees, nearly a third of whom have arrived from South Sudan in the last year, since the crisis erupted there.  In Kenya, WFP supports nearly half a million refugees – mostly Somalis – in the Dadaab and Kakuma camps.  In both countries, the refugees are unable to work, grow crops or raise livestock, and have no other options to provide food for their families aside from the assistance that WFP distributes each month. WFP provides regular food rations as well as specialized nutritional support for mothers and young children.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mob. +20 1066634352. Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600
Challiss McDonough, WFP/Nairobi, Mob. +254 707 722 104
Stephanie Savariaud, WFP Addis Ababa, Mob. +251 911 201976
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570  
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634

 

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a generous and timely contribution of US$104 million to assist refugees sheltering in countries neighbouring Syria, in Ethiopia and in Kenya, provided by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

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12/09/2014 - 11:54
Responding to Emergencies

By mid-December, Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt will have their electronic food vouchers – also known as e-cards – uploaded with an average amount of US$30 per family member so that they can immediately use them to buy food from local shops.

After suspending food aid to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees on 1 December, WFP launched an ambitious social media fundraising campaign using the hashtag #ADollarALifeline that raised millions from individuals, the private sector and governments.  

Among individuals contributing online through wfp.org, the third largest number by nationality were Syrians, after Americans (first) and Canadians (second).  The online campaign featured Aloe Blacc’s song “I Need A Dollar” as the soundtrack for the #ADollarALifeline video which launched on social media channels. Almost 14,000 individuals and private sector donors in 158 countries contributed US$1.8 million dollars.

As a result of the campaign, WFP has to date raised more than US$80 million – including contributions from governments – surpassing the goal to raise US$64million in December and permitting the full value of the e-cards to be distributed to refugees this month, with some funds carrying through to January.

 “This outpouring of support in such a short time is unprecedented,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “We’re especially grateful to the many individual members of the public who reached into their own pockets to send whatever they could to help Syrian refugees who have lost everything. They showed that even as little as a dollar can make a difference.”

WFP’s donation page is still up and running on http://www.wfp.org/ForSyrianRefugees  and the public can continue to contribute to WFP’s life-saving assistance for displaced Syrians.  
Contributions from donor governments will be announced soon.

Many UN agencies joined forces with WFP to promote the social media campaign. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNICEF and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, among other agencies, dedicated their social media channels to help raise funds and to bring awareness to the serious impact that suspension of food assistance would have on the lives of 1.7 million Syrian refugees.  

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, WFP has succeeded, despite fighting and problems of access, in meeting the food needs of millions of displaced people inside Syria and up to 1.7 million refugees in the neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

Broadcast-quality video of refugees from Syria and WFP’s food assistance, including a shotlist, can be downloaded at the following link: https://www.hightail.com/download/UlRRT2pEayt0TWw3czlVag
For more information on WFP videos please contact jonathan.dumont@wfp.org

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570  
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mob. +20 1066634352. Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993

 

GENEVA/ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it is reinstating food assistance to Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries thanks to a massive expression of support from the public, the private sector and donor countries.