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648971
02/10/2016 - 10:10
School Meals

WFP in Egypt has been supporting the National School Feeding Programme (NSFP) since 1968 and is currently reaching 636,000 children with its in-school fortified date bar snacks.

 The Egyptian delegation at the board meeting in Rome on Tuesday presented its plan to further expand the NSFP so as to reach all government-funded schools. WFP’s strong partnership with the Egyptian Government is crucial in supporting this expansion, as the continuing working relationship between WFP and its government counterparts has been a best practice that ensured expansion of the programme and scale-up of operations.

The Ministry of Social Solidarity developed the strategy, in coordination with the Ministries of Education, Health and Population, Agriculture and Land Reclamation and key stakeholders.
“The Government considers school feeding as one of the mechanisms that complements the development of social protection in Egypt from an equity-based approach,” said Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali.

“School feeding provides children with a nutritional meal that responds to the nutritional needs of school children, improves their cognitive capacities, and also eases some of the financial burden on their families,” she added. “The government is exerting efforts to alleviate poverty and to eventually contribute to social and economic development.”
 The importance of school feeding has also been stressed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, who has announced that a national school feeding strategy is a current priority on the State’s agenda.

“We are working very closely with the Egyptian Government in targeting the communities most in need in Egypt with our school-feeding activities. The date bars that WFP provides to the children in schools are fortified with vitamins and minerals that provide 25 percent of the child’s daily nutritional needs,” said Menghestab Haile, WFP Acting Country Director in Egypt.

“The in-school snacks also act as an incentive for families to enroll their children in the schools,” added Haile.

The objective of the expanded NSFP is to eventually cover all government schools, acting as both a safety net and as a sustainable investment in human capital, thus fitting into Government’s efforts to achieve ‘Education for all.’

It will also contribute to the Egyptian Government’s work towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), signed during meetings of the United Nations last September. SDG2 focuses on eliminating hunger and achieving food security by 2030.

“The Egyptian strategy on school feeding is aligned with the 2030 agenda, in particular SDG2 on ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition. The current (Government) programme covers 13.5 million students with total government finances of 957 million Egyptian pounds,” said Assistant Foreign Minister for Multilateral Affairs and International Security, Ambassador Hisham Badr.

The European Union is one of the major contributors, along with the United States, Germany, and private-sector members, to school-feeding programmes in Egypt.

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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. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Amina Alkorey, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 25281730/4 ext. 4610, Mob. +20 10 285 31535
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600, Mob. +201066634352
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982
 

 

ROME/CAIRO – The Egyptian Government has presented a national strategy to expand its school-feeding activities during a School Feeding side event organized alongside an Executive Board meeting of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

648964
02/09/2016 - 12:27

The food was transported on cross-border convoys from Turkey into the small town of A’zaz in northwest Syria, 30 kilometres northwest of Aleppo city and close to the Syrian-Turkish border. Over the next few days, distributions will reach  21,000 people with more food to meet the urgent needs of the new wave of displaced people.
 
The food includes rice, lentils, bulgur, pasta, white beans, chickpeas, vegetable oil, sugar and wheat flour in parcels that are enough to feed a family for one month. WFP is also sending ready-to-eat rations such as canned food for those who have no access to cooking facilities.
 
“The situation is quite volatile and fluid in northern Aleppo with families on the move seeking safety,” said Jakob Kern, WFP’s Country Director in Syria. “We are extremely concerned as access and supply routes from the north to eastern Aleppo city and surrounding areas are now cut off but we are making every effort to  get enough food in place for all those in need, bringing it in through the remaining open border crossing point from Turkey.”
 
Thousands of displaced people have gathered in A’zaz in search of refuge close to the Bab Al Salam border crossing point, and thousands more are expected to arrive if the fighting continues. More than 30,000 people are reported to be on the move, many of them fleeing towards the Turkish border, and the towns of A'zaz and Afrin.
 
Prior to the escalation in fighting in northern Aleppo, WFP was regularly delivering food across the Turkish border into Aleppo and Idleb governorates through the Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salam border crossings.
 
“WFP urges all parties to the conflict to facilitate unimpeded access to these communities in order to provide immediate relief to families who have already suffered for far too long,” Kern added.
 
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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. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.
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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2010 66634352
Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2010 15218882
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993

 

 

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started distributing urgently needed food to people displaced by the recent surge in violence in northern Aleppo.

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02/09/2016 - 11:28

Some 3.6 million Haitians are facing food insecurity, among them more than 1.5 million people who are severely food insecure. This was a key finding from an Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) conducted by WFP, the Food and Agriculture Organization and National Food Security Coordination.

The main 2015 harvest fell below average with losses of up to 70 percent in some areas. This is a severe blow to food security in Haiti, where agriculture employs half of the working population and 75 percent of people live on less than US$2 per day.

“Without rain for the 2016 spring season, farmers will lose their fourth consecutive harvest on which they normally depend to feed their families,” said Wendy Bigham, WFP Deputy Country Director in Haiti. “We need to help them meet their immediate needs and help build up their resilience.”

The current El Niño, which began in early 2015, is one of the strongest on record and is affecting the food security of vulnerable people around the globe.

In some areas of Haiti, up to 70 percent of the population is facing hunger and a recent study conducted by UNICEF and the Government revealed that in several communes, malnutrition rates are above emergency levels.

Based on the results of these new studies, WFP intends to scale up its food assistance programmes to address the most critical and immediate needs of 1 million drought-affected people by distributing cash and food rations.

WFP will complement the immediate distributions with Cash-for-Assets programmes. In these, 200,000 Haitians are paid in cash in exchange for work on watershed management and soil conservation projects to improve local infrastructure for long-term development. WFP has already implemented Cash-for-Assets projects for 30,000 Haitians in areas worst hit by the drought.

In coordination with the Government, WFP has been distributing food to about 120,000 Haitians since November in areas worst affected by the drought. A two-month food ration feeds a family of five and includes such basic food items as rice, pulses, oil, sugar and salt.

In addition, WFP-supported School Meals programmes in Haiti – many in drought-hit areas – provide crucial support to almost 500,000 children by ensuring that they receive at least one meal daily, while at the same time encouraging them to attend school.

WFP’s assistance to families is essential until at least the next harvest, expected in July 2016. To meet basic needs of 1 million Haitians, WFP, which is funded entirely by voluntary contributions, requires US$84 million.

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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. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Lorene Didier, WFP/Port au Prince, +509 3800 4976
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982

 

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti’s third consecutive year of drought, exacerbated by the global El Niño weather phenomenon, has driven people deeper into poverty and hunger, and doubled the severely food-insecure population, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

648958
02/08/2016 - 15:37
School Meals

The McGovern-Dole Program (MGD) donation, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, allows WFP to continue provision of a daily hot meal to 125,000 children in 613 public primary schools in the country’s most vulnerable regions (Cavally, Bafing, Bagoue, Poro, Tchologo, Bounkani, Gontougo). It will also help build the capacity of, and strengthen collaboration with, women farmers who are supplying food for the school meals programme.

"WFP is grateful for the U.S. Government’s generous and continued support. The U.S. has demonstrated again and again that it is committed to help Ivory Coast’s most vulnerable, and to break the cycle of hunger and illiteracy. By supporting the school meals programme, we are working together to invest in the country’s future,” said Gianluca Ferrera, WFP Country Director in Ivory Coast.

The MGD donation contributes to achieving the country’s national goals of improving enrollment and retention rates of both girls and boys, and also to reach the strategic goals set by the MGD: improving literacy and primary education, especially for girls, as well as health and dietary practices.
“The U.S. reaffirms its engagement in working alongside the people and Government of Ivory Coast with the aim of improving the lives of everyone, especially school children – the country’s future leaders,” said U.S. Ambassador Terence Patrick McCulley.

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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. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

The McGovern–Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program helps support education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries around the globe. The program provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities, as well as financial and technical assistance, to support school feeding and maternal and child nutrition projects.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):                         
Ibrahima Diallo, WFP Abidjan, Tel. +225 22526000
Rachel Pierre, WFP/Abidjan, Tel. +225 22526300; Mob. + 225 05444377
Adel Sarkozi, WFP/Dakar, Mobile + 221 77 637 5964
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993

 

ABIDJAN - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed US$35.6 million from the U.S. Government’s McGovern–Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program to enable WFP to maintain its sustainable School Meals Programme in Ivory Coast for the next five years.

648957
02/08/2016 - 15:13

JUBA - South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as 2.8 million people – nearly 25 percent of the country’s population – remain in urgent need of food assistance, and at least 40,000 people are on the brink of catastrophe, three UN agencies warned today.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) stressed that these numbers are particularly worrisome because they show an increase in hunger during the post-harvest period – a time when the country is traditionally most food secure.

The number of food insecure people is expected to peak during the coming lean season – traditionally worst between April and July -- when food availability is lowest.  Humanitarian partners have released an update to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis, which projects that the lean season will start early this year, and the hunger period will be longer than in previous years.  

The three UN agencies noted that the dry season, which is now beginning, could bring additional hardship to people facing the most severe levels of hunger. People displaced in conflict-affected Unity State, who have been living on fish and water lilies to survive, are running out of their only remaining sources of food as the floods recede. Livestock raiding has robbed many people of essential animal products like milk, which were their main means of survival during last year’s lean season. Unless humanitarian assistance can reliably reach them during the dry season, they face catastrophe in the coming months.

For this reason, the UN agencies are calling for a speedy implementation of the peace agreement signed last year, and for unrestricted access to conflict areas to deliver much needed supplies to the most affected areas.

“It is not only areas directly affected by conflict that are food insecure – some 200,000 people in Northern Bahr El Ghazal and Warrap states have also seen their access to food deteriorate, owing to factors such as price inflation and market disruptions that are tied to the conflict,” said Serge Tissot, Acting FAO Representative in South Sudan. “Prompt implementation of the peace agreement is absolutely critical to improving the food situation.”

“During the dry season, we must make a massive pre-positioning effort so that we can continue assisting people after roads become impassable once the rains come,” said WFP Country Director Joyce Luma. “Rising insecurity in Greater Equatoria is hampering delivery of humanitarian assistance through major routes, setting back our efforts to prepare and respond to people who are most in need.”

Today’s IPC report also highlights the overall prevalence of emergency levels of malnutrition as an issue of grave concern. Malnutrition in South Sudan is attributed mostly to inadequate food consumption, along with other factors such as disease, dietary habits, as well as constrained health and nutrition service delivery.

“Families have been doing everything they can to survive but they are now running out of options,” said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF representative in South Sudan. “Many of the areas where the needs are greatest are out of reach because of the security situation. It’s crucial that we are given unrestricted access now. If we can reach them, we can help them.”

Working with a large number of international and local non-governmental organizations, FAO, UNICEF and WFP continue to deliver life- and livelihood-saving support under difficult circumstances.

FAO plans to assist 2.8 million people in producing food and protecting their livestock assets in 2016, compared to 2.4 million people reached last year. FAO emergency livelihood support includes crop kits, vegetable kits, fishing kits and livestock vaccinations of more than 5 million head of cattle.

UNICEF has set a target of treating more than 165,000 children for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in 2016. Last year the number of children treated for SAM surpassed 144,000, which was a 53 percent increase over 2014.    

WFP delivered food and nutrition assistance to some 3 million people across South Sudan in the last year, working with 87 NGO partners and using every tool at its disposal, including airdrops, river barges, cash-based transfers, local food purchases and specialized nutritious foods.

Read more about the IPC Global Partners' Call for Immediate Humanitarian Action to Assess Famine Risk in Unity State of South Sudan

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About FAO

FAO leads international efforts to defeat hunger. It helps countries to 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 visit: www.fao.org or follow FAO on Twitter @FAOnews @FAOSouthSudan

About UNICEF

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with
our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into
practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded
children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and
its work visit: www.unicef.org or follow UNICEF on Facebook and Twitter.

About WFP

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. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries. Follow WFP on Twitter @wfp_media @wfp_africa

For more information, please contact:
Lieke Visser, FAO/Juba: +211 922 001 661, lieke.visser@fao.org
Kim-Jenna Jurriaans, FAO/Rome: +39 06.570.54277, kimjenna.jurriaans@fao.org
Tim Irwin, UNICEF/Juba: +211 912 162 888, tjirwin@unicef.org
James Elder, UNICEF/Nairobi : +254 71558 1222, jelder@unicef.org
George Fominyen, WFP/Juba: +211 922 465 247, george.fominyen@wfp.org
Challiss McDonough, WFP/Nairobi: +254 707 722 104, challiss.mcdonough@wfp.org

 

Rise in hunger at harvest time; harsh and prolonged 2016 lean season approaching

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02/05/2016 - 14:35

KAMPALA – Three United Nations agencies in Uganda are implementing a new multi-year resilience strategy to help transform the lives of vulnerable people in the Karamoja region of North Eastern Uganda.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are combining their efforts to empower households and communities and to strengthen government capacities. Together, they will work to enable the people of Karamoja to recover, reorganize themselves and move forward after experiencing external stresses and disturbances, including droughts or floods.

The Joint Resilience Strategy for Karamoja Region will focus on four areas: diversifying livelihood strategies and intensifying production in order to increase household income and improve food security; improving basic social services to strengthen vulnerable households’ human capital; establishing predictable safety nets; and strengthening disaster risk management support.

The FAO Country Representative, Mr. Alhaji Jallow, said, “This is an extremely significant development. It is a commitment to collaboration, efficiency and demonstration of results in Karamoja.”  Working collectively, he said, the agencies will multiply the impact of their work, reduce transaction costs for communities and the government, and allow individual organizations to more powerfully use their experience in strengthening service delivery systems.

Karamoja is vulnerable to multiple stresses and shocks, including climatic, economic, conflict and health-related challenges. According to the regional Resilience Analysis Unit, the main shocks and stresses for Karamoja include erratic and uneven rainfall, livestock disease outbreaks, crop pests, high food prices, food insecurity, livestock losses, inadequate access to education and health services, and inadequate access to water and sanitation.

The Country Representative of UNICEF, Ms. Aida Girma, said, “This collaboration will strengthen basic services for children and women that will increase their resilience to shocks and help to keep them alive, healthy, in school and protected.” She also said that building household resilience cannot be sustained unless the overall system to deliver the services is strengthened.

The acting WFP Country Director, Mr Michael Dunford, said, “While Karamoja continues to face significant socio-economic challenges, partly due to climate change, opportunities for development have never been more ripe. With increased security, reduced poverty levels and a renewed commitment by the government, partners can achieve more through enhanced collaboration.”

Each of the three agencies has more than 20 years’ experience working with communities in Karamoja. Together, they represent 90 percent of the United Nations’ activities in the region.

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About FAO

FAO leads international efforts to defeat hunger. It helps countries to 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 visit: www.fao.org or follow FAO on Twitter @FAOnews

About UNICEF

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org or follow UNICEF on Facebook and Twitter.

About WFP

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. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries. Follow WFP on Twitter @wfp_media @wfp_africa

For details please contact:

Agatha Ayebazibwe, FAO, Tel.  +256 414349917 or (cell)+256 779442502 agatha.ayebazibwe@fao.org

Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi, UNICEF, Tel. (0717 171 111) +256 629 567 or (cell) +256 703729567, cntabadde@unicef.org

Lydia Wamala, WFP, Tel. (office) +256 312 242 000 or (cell) +256 772 287 034/758 778 037 lydia.wamala@wfp.org

 

FAO, UNICEF and WFP launch joint resilience strategy to improve well-being of Karimojong

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02/04/2016 - 16:00

“Germany’s generous support has already enabled us not only to save Syrians’ lives but also to support the livelihoods of suffering people. This unprecedented donation will restore hope to so many of those who have been caught up in this terrible conflict,” said Cousin, who met the Chancellor in London. “We are extremely grateful to the German government.”

The contribution, which brings Germany’s total contributions to WFP during the Syria crisis to close to €760 million, will be crucial for the WFP Syria crisis response throughout the continuing winter period in the region. On average, one euro feeds one refugee a day in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. WFP currently supports an average 4 million Syrians per month inside the country and 1.3 million refugees in neighbouring countries.

“This conflict and its consequences touch us all,” said Cousin. “WFP’s new campaign, #IamSyrian, calls on the world to empathize with the suffering of ordinary Syrians. Germany has just answered that call with a big commitment to support families who are being displaced at the rate of 50 families per hour. We thank you on their behalf.”
 
Germany was already WFP’s second largest donor in this crisis following the United States, having provided €137 million for WFP’s emergency response both inside and beyond Syria in 2015 alone.

Germany is also the place where WFP’s innovative ShareTheMeal app was developed, which enables smartphone users to donate to selected WFP programmes. Since the launch in 2015, around 450,000 users worldwide have provided the equivalent to more than 4 million meals. Funds have been used to provide school meals to Syrian refugee children in Jordan and are now supporting pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children in the Syrian city of Homs.

WFP and Germany established new areas of cooperation in 2015. The opening later this year of an Innovation Accelerator in Munich, funded by BMZ, GFFO and the State of Bavaria, will enable WFP and partners to develop the most innovative and efficient solutions to new challenges in humanitarian assistance as well as development programmes in times of multiple crises and growing needs.

Germany has also helped WFP meet global challenges, extending its partnerships with WFP in the areas of emergency preparedness, nutrition and resilience: Since 2014, BMZ has provided about €24 million to activities such as nutrition programmes for mothers and children, and Food-for-Asset programmes in countries such as Malawi, Kenya and Somalia. In the same period, GFFO supported WFP programmes improving communities’ resilience against natural disasters with €11.5 million. The multi-year character of both ministries’ funding in these areas will ensure the programmes’ sustainability and impact on the ground.

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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. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Ralf Suedhoff, WFP/Berlin, Tel. +49 30 206 149, Mob. 49 160 949 12547
Maria Smentek, WFP/Berlin, Tel. +49 206 149 29, Mob. +49 172 345 7184
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600, Mob. +201066634352
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993

 

LONDON – At the Supporting Syria and the Region conference today, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, personally thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her government’s landmark contribution to WFP of €570 million (US$623 million) from the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) and the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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02/04/2016 - 11:14

Who: Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Director Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe     

When: Thursday, 4 February 2016

Where: London, United Kingdom

Why: The 2016 UN inter-agency appeal for the Syria crisis totaled US$7.73 billion. An additional US$1.2 billion in funding is required by affected regional governments as part of national response plans. The London conference will set itself ambitious goals on education and economic opportunities to transform the lives of refugees caught up in the Syrian crisis – and to support the countries hosting them.

In addition to the relief efforts to continue to provide food assitance to over 6 million people affected by the violence in Syria, WFP is implementing a vision for Syria that recognizes the critical role of humanitarian assistance in building a bridge towards longer-term, sustainable initiatives that support efforts to improve access to education while also opening up economic opportunities for refugees and host communities.  

Secure, multi-year funding is essential to ensure the sustainability of WFP projects that support the most vulnerable Syrian refugees.

Multi-year funding is critical as this will allow WFP to implement a vision that:

1)    Maintains life-saving food and nutrition interventions for the vulnerable through cash-based programmes that will evolve over time into social safety net systems;

2)    Invests in people by harnessing the skills and knowledge of displaced Syrians and host communities, supporting access to education and training that can lead to jobs;

3)    Restores livelihoods and creates economic opportunities in Syria and host countries through micro-credit finance that supports the start-up of small businesses and agricultural production;

4)    Builds national capacities in host countries and inside Syria while devolving operations to national and local institutions and partners.

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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. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media, @WFP_MENA

For further information and interview requests:
Gregory Barrow, gregory.barrow@wfp.org, +44 7968008474  
Abeer Etefa, abeer.etefa@wfp.org, +201066634352
 

 

What: Syria is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and and the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference in London brings together donors, host governments, aid agencies and civil society to address immediate humanitarian relief alongside longer-term needs such as jobs, education and livelihoods.

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01/28/2016 - 16:59

“Libyans who have had to flee their homes and are now displaced, especially in Benghazi, are suffering the consequences of the ongoing conflict,” said WFP’s Country Director for Libya, Wagdi Othman. “This winter, they are living under dire conditions without food, medical care or electricity and are in desperate need of assistance.”

WFP is providing each household with a family ration that includes pasta, couscous, rice and other food items. The ration is enough to feed a family of five for one month. 

WFP had dispatched the food over the past two weeks across the Egyptian border to the warehouse of its distribution partner LibAid. The Libyan relief organisation is carrying out the food distributions to families who have left their homes in eastern Libya, particularly Benghazi, which has been hard hit by conflict for more than a year. 

In 2016, through its partner, WFP plans to reach at least 70,000 people each month in Libya. This includes internally displaced people, host communities, refugees and asylum seekers. WFP plans to gradually increase its capacity in the country, as it receives more funding, to eventually reach as many as 210,000 people by the final three months of this year.

WFP relies entirely on voluntary contributions to finance its humanitarian and development projects. In 2016, WFP needs to raise US$29 million to be able to continue to help the most vulnerable in the country.
 
In 2015, WFP reached over 290,000 people across Libya with food assistance, but had to suspend distributions from September to November due to lack of funding. 

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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. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media  @wfp_mena

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Wagdi Othman, WFP Libya Office, Mob. +21650337711

 

TUNIS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing food in eastern Libya for the first time since last June to provide one-month’s assistance over the coming four weeks to nearly 80,000 displaced people in and around Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city. 

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01/25/2016 - 11:52

A 12-truck convoy entered the besieged areas of Al Qahira and Al Mudhafer districts on Thursday carrying 3,000 family food rations – each ration enough to feed a family of six for one month. The food includes vegetable oil, wheat, pulses and sugar.

The convoy entered these areas following extensive negotiations to allow the WFP to deliver life-saving assistance to thousands of hungry people in desperate need.

The breakthrough delivery coincided with a joint UN mission to Ibb, northeast of Taiz city, where UN humanitarian officials met local representatives and witnessed the safe arrival of humanitarian assistance.

WFP has been delivering food assistance to parts of Taiz city since December 2015 with the hope of reaching as many people in need as possible on the frontlines and inside besieged areas. But, with fighting and blockades, it has been difficult to move food to all districts into Taiz city.

Taiz is one of 10 governorates – out of Yemen’s 22 governorates – in the grip of severe food insecurity at ‘Emergency’ level – one step below famine on the five-point Integrated Food Security Phase Classification scale. At least one in five households in the area do not have enough food to lead a healthy life, have lost their livelihoods and are facing life-threatening rates of acute malnutrition.

WFP appeals for regular and safe passage of food to all civilians in need across Yemen.

The conflict has worsened Yemen’s already poor food security, adding more than 3 million people to the ranks of the hungry in less than a year. According to the UN’s 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview, 7.6 million people in Yemen are severely food insecure – a level of need that requires urgent, external, food assistance.

 

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):

Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mob +201066634352

Reem Nada, WFP/Cairo, Mob +201066634522

Marwa Awad, WFP/Amman, Mob +962791295719

Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521

Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474

Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057

Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982

 

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has managed to send food supplies inside areas under siege in the central Yemeni city of Taiz where residents have been suffering in dire conditions with very little food.