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651239
06/23/2017 - 16:16
Contributions to WFP

Donated by the King Salman Humanitarian aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), the dates are being delivered to young students and malnourished children, refugees, people living with HIV and households facing extremely precarious conditions in the Sahel regions of the three West African nations. 
    
In Chad, 72 tons of dates will benefit 20,000 primary school children in more than 150 schools in two western regions.

“This donation is used in schools in the Kanem and Bahr el Gazal regions, where food insecurity and malnutrition rates are high,” said WFP Chad Country Director Mary-Ellen McGroarty. “Dates are known to be a food with high nutritional value and this caloric intake is therefore particularly important.” 

In Mauritania, 130 tons of Saudi dates will help nearly 82,000 people, including vulnerable households whose children are receiving WFP’s specialized nutritional foods to fight malnutrition. 

“Dates are a much appreciated snack in Mauritania especially during the holy month of Ramadan,” said WFP Mauritania Country Director and Representative Jean-Noël Gentile. “WFP welcomes this contribution, which targets some of the most vulnerable households living in Assaba, Gorgol, Tagant and Hodh ech-Chargi regions during this year’s lean season who are not receiving general food distributions.”

In Burkina Faso, a further 48 tons of dates will benefit more than 25,000 Malian refugees, along with nearly 4,000 malnourished, HIV-positive people undergoing anti-retroviral treatment. 

“The donation, with important nutritional benefits, will be distributed to two groups of people who are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition,” said Jean-Charles Dei, WFP Burkina Faso Country Director. “Dates will provide these beneficiaries with essential micronutrients.” 

The latest KSrelief contribution is one example of the steady support offered by Saudi Arabia to WFP’s mission to end hunger.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Nathalie Magnien, WFP/Chad, Mob. +235 66 99 30 40
Vanessa Rizzi, WFP/Mauritania, +222 44 40 00 05
Esther Ouoba, WFP/Burkina Faso, +226 75 12 86 56
Elizabeth Bryant, WFP/Dakar Region

DAKAR – The United Nations World Food Programme welcomes the contribution, from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, of 250 metric tonnes of dates, worth US$ 650,000, which will give a nutritional boost to more than 130,000 hungry and vulnerable people in Chad, Mauritania and Burkina Faso this Ramadan season.

651237
06/23/2017 - 12:21
Contributions to WFP

“The United States has again shown its commitment to ensuring that the most vulnerable people in Pakistan have nutritious food that will help them reach their full potential. On behalf of the people we serve in Pakistan, I would like to thank USAID and the American people for their generosity and foresight. We would not be able to carry out this crucial work without you,” said WFP Country Director and Representative Finbarr Curran.

Although Pakistan has made significant gains in recent years in food production, 60 percent of the 189 million people in the country do not eat nutritious meals regularly, mainly because the poorest and most vulnerable – especially women – can’t afford enough nutritious food. An average Pakistani family spends more than half of its monthly income on food. 

In the north-western part of the country, where the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) share a border with Afghanistan, and where population displacement and natural disasters have taken a heavy toll on people’s capacities to feed their families, WFP uses the USAID funding to run programmes to help communities adapt to their circumstances. For example, WFP provides cash and food incentives for people to attend classes about hygiene and nutrition, promoting the use of nutritious, seasonal local foods for a more balanced diet. 
Also in FATA, money from the US contribution will be used to give fortified wheat flour to people who have had to abandon their homes due to conflict or natural disasters. The government of Pakistan is supporting the WFP programme with 25,000 MT of locally grown wheat for WFP for its humanitarian activities. The cash contribution from the US will allow WFP to arrange for the milling, fortification and packaging of the wheat, so that those in need can receive flour to make bread, as well as yellow split peas, vegetable oil and iodised salt to make ‘dhal’, a kind of stew.

In addition, the US donation will enable WFP to continue its work to improve the health and nutrition of young children across the country. Good nutrition during a child’s early years is crucial for full physical and mental development, but the latest national nutrition survey found that 15 percent of children under 5 are acutely malnourished, the second highest rate in the region. WFP works with the Government of Pakistan, UNICEF and local organizations on the Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition, known as CMAM. 

The CMAM approach enlists community volunteers to identify and start treatment for malnourished children before they become seriously ill. WFP’s role is to provide special nutrient-dense food to children between the ages of two and five who are moderately malnourished, in order to improve their health and prevent them slipping into acute malnutrition. 

WFP also provides nutrition supplements to malnourished pregnant women and nursing mothers, since nutrition of mothers is crucial for healthy babies and children. Both the nutrition supplement for children and the one for mothers are produced locally to WFP specifications, using local ingredients and suppliers, representing an investment back into the economy and community. 

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Mahira Afzal, WFP Islamabad, Mobile: +92 345 855 9333, mahira.afzal@wfp.org

ISLAMABAD – The most vulnerable people in Pakistan will continue to receive assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) thanks to a contribution of US$25 million from the United States government. The donation was announced by the “Food for Peace” Office of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and will allow WFP to carry on with programmes providing food, cash and education for families in the poorest parts of Pakistan, as well as working to improve the nutrition of women and children throughout the country.

651235
06/22/2017 - 12:26
According to the joint Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission, drought conditions in 2016 and early 2017 led to widespread crop failures, in particular for rice paddy - the country’s staple food. Total paddy production in 2017 is forecast at 2.7 million tonnes, almost 40 percent less than the last year's output and 35 percent lower than the average of the previous five years. 
 
Other crops, including various pulses, chillies and onion, which rely mainly on rainwater, were also heavily damaged by the dry weather.
 
The situation was exacerbated by subsequent heavy rainfalls in May. Floods and landslides in the south-western parts of the country caused deaths, large population displacements and damage to infrastructure. The rains did not ease the water supply constraints in the drought-impacted north-сentral and eastern parts of the country.
 
Now, nearly 225,000 households (or about 900,000 people) face food insecurity. The most vulnerable groups are struggling to earn an income after losing their own crops and have fewer employment opportunities. In ten districts, a previous joint assessment showed that about one third of the drought-affected population had its regular income reduced by more than half, compared to the income generated from the 2015-2016 Maha season. 
 
The situation may further deteriorate if the next cropping season fails. Due to a critical shortage of seeds and a lack of water for irrigation, the second 2017 paddy harvest – known as Yala, due to be harvested in August and September – is forecast at 1.2 million tonnes, 24 percent below last year’s level. 
 
Increasing food insecurity
 
Most families surveyed would usually grow their own food, but with the bad main harvest, many are now forced to buy food from local markets, where food prices have risen sharply. Rice prices reached an all-time high in January 2017 reducing the ability of families to access nutritious food. 
 
Many of those affected have been forced to eat less. Interviews with households and market vendors showed that people were buying cheaper food whenever possible. Many reported a reduction in the purchase of meat and fish. 
 
Urgent assistance required 
 
To cover immediate needs, FAO and WFP call for the urgent provision of seeds as well as planting and irrigation equipment for the next Maha planting season from September to December, as well as support for irrigation systems. The poorest and most vulnerable families should also quickly receive targeted cash assistance in order to ensure adequate food intake and to prevent families from incurring unsustainably high debt or adopting other coping mechanisms that affect them negatively over the longer term. 
 
Recognising the increasing frequency of natural disasters affecting the agricultural sector and the impact on food security, it is also recommended to introduce longer-term measures to increase farmers’ and households’ resilience to natural disasters and climate change, such as promotion of drought tolerant crops and varieties and livelihood diversification.
 
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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Sadhana MOHAN, WFP/Colombo, Tel. + +94 11 2502468 Ext. 2460, Mob. +94773754233

ROME – A severe drought followed by heavy rainfalls in Sri Lanka has hit large swaths of cropping areas, threatening the food security of some 900,000 people, according to a report published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

651232
06/22/2017 - 08:57

The convoy delivered a month’s supply of food for 15,000 people. “This humanitarian breakthrough will allow us to increase regular support for all 250,000 people in need in Hasakeh, compared to the 190,000 people we were able to assist through airlifts,” said Jakob Kern, WFP Country Director and Representative in Syria. “Road deliveries are also far more cost-efficient.”

Overland access to Hasakeh was made possible due to an improved security situation. For almost a year, WFP has conducted two airlifts per day, six days a week to deliver food assistance and relief supplies for people who were otherwise cut off from support. 

“Once regular land access to Hasakeh is established, WFP will gradually phase out of its current airlift operation,” Kern added. 

Replacing the current airlift operation with land access to Hasakeh is expected to save an estimated US$19 million per year, which is enough to provide an additional 100,000 people with food assistance for one year.

The limited cargo capacity allowed by airlifts meant that only critical food items were prioritized for delivery. With the resumption of road deliveries, WFP will be able to send fortified date bars to resume its school meals programme. WFP will also reintroduce wheat flour in monthly food rations that contain staple food items such as cooking oil, pasta and canned foods.  

Every month, WFP delivers food assistance to four million vulnerable people across all 14 governorates in Syria. In addition to its emergency operation, WFP is also scaling up support for long-term recovery by focusing on livelihoods, nutrition and improving access to primary education for children in Syria through school meals.

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For more information please contact:
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
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 – A convoy of three trucks from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) using a newly opened land corridor has arrived in Qamishli in Syria’s northeastern Hasakeh governorate, carrying lifesaving food assistance for hungry families. This is the first time that WFP has been able to deliver food by land in two years since the area became inaccessible in December 2015. Since that time, WFP has had to operate costly airlifts to bring food to vulnerable families.

651231
06/22/2017 - 08:14
Contributions to WFP

Undernutrition and food insecurity are at crisis levels in Cox’s Bazar and poverty is well above the national average. More than 30,000 people live in official refugee camps and more than one hundred thousand others are in makeshift camps or hosted in the community.  

These communities have also been affected by Cyclone Mora, which damaged shelters and destroyed food supplies.  Australian funds have enabled WFP to respond in a timely manner to assist the most vulnerable, particularly women and children.  

Australian Government funding will deliver much-needed food assistance, including nutritionally-enriched foods to pregnant mothers and infants.  The funds will also support income generation activities targeted at vulnerable women and female-headed households. 

Australia’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Julia Niblett, visited WFP activities in Cox’s Bazar in February, and said: “It is clear that WFP is able to move quickly and nimbly to assist those people most in need, while at the same time supporting host and local communities to become more resilient.”

Christa Räder, WFP Representative said: “There is a growing need for food and livelihoods assistance among most vulnerable local people and those who have come from North Rakhine of Myanmar and have been accommodated in makeshift sites and villages of Cox’s Bazar.  The funding from the Australian Government has been reliable and flexible, allowing us to help those in need, fast”.

Since 2013, the Australian Government has supported WFP’s work in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, with assistance totalling AUD16.5 million.

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

Christa Räder, Representative, WFP Bangladesh, christa.rader@wfp.org, Tel. +880-171-159-6032
Line Sofie Adser, Communications Officer, WFP Bangladesh, linesofie.adser@wfp.org, Tel. +880-2-9183022 ext. 2164
Fairooz Nigar Aditi, Public Diplomacy Officer, Australian High Commission Bangladesh, aditi.nigar@dfat.gov.au  

 

DHAKA – The Australian Government has announced additional support of AUD3.9 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to improve nutrition and build community resilience in Cox’s Bazar.

651229
06/21/2017 - 09:01
Responding to Emergencies

According to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) update by the government, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Children’s Fund, the World Food Programme, and other humanitarian partners, the accepted technical definition of famine no longer applies in former Unity State’s Leer and Mayandit counties where famine was declared in February. In two other counties deemed high risk in February – Koch and Panyijiar – immediate and sustained humanitarian assistance most likely played a significant role in preventing further deterioration into famine.

However, 45,000 people in former Unity and Jonglei states are still experiencing catastrophic conditions and face the prospect of starvation if humanitarian assistance is not sustained. This includes 25,000 people in former Unity State and 20,000 people in Jonglei where the situation has rapidly deteriorated because of displacements triggered by conflict and last year’s poor harvest.

Worsening conditions are mirrored across the country. The number of people facing emergency levels of hunger - one step below famine on the IPC scale - is 1.7 million up from 1 million in February.

“The crisis is not over. We are merely keeping people alive but far too many face extreme hunger on the edge of a cliff,” said FAO’s Director of Emergencies Dominique Burgeon. “The only way to stop this desperate situation is to stop the conflict, ensure unimpeded access and enable people to resume their livelihoods.”

The three UN agencies warned that the gains made in the worst hunger hotspots must not be lost. People’s ability to feed themselves has been severely eroded and continued life-saving emergency food and livelihoods support must continue to prevent a shift back to famine.
 
“The gains made in the famine-affected counties show what can be achieved when sustained assistance reaches families.  But the job is far from done,” said Joyce Luma, WFP’s Representative and Country Director in South Sudan.  “This is a crisis that continues to get worse with millions of people facing the prospect of starvation if humanitarian assistance ceases.  An end to this conflict is imperative.”

“When humanitarian agencies have access and resources we are able to mount a swift and robust response, and save lives,” said Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF Representative in South Sudan. “And yet more than one million children in South Sudan are estimated to be malnourished. Food insecurity is a key issue, but so is lack of health care, poor water and sanitation and, most crucially, access to those children in need of treatment. At present, too many parts of the country remain cut off due to insecurity, leaving hundreds of thousands of children on the cusp of catastrophe.”  

Acute malnutrition remains a major public health emergency in several parts of South Sudan, with surveys showing Global Acute Malnutrition prevalence above the World Health Organization’s emergency threshold of 15 percent, with a peak of 26.1 percent in former Duk County in Jonglei State. The situation is expected to deteriorate even further as the lean season peaks in July – the time of year when household food supplies typically run out before the next harvest.

Bleak picture

The increase in food insecurity has been driven by armed conflict, below-average harvests and soaring food prices as well as the effects of the annual lean season.

In the south-west, until recently the country’s bread basket, there are unprecedented levels of hunger caused largely by conflict. Farming communities have been driven over the border into neighbouring countries, leaving behind untended fields, and analysts forecast a record high national cereal deficit for 2018.

On the western bank of the Nile River in the country’s north-east corner, hunger has flared after renewed conflict triggered large displacements and a disruption to livelihoods, markets and humanitarian assistance.

Famine response

WFP has reached 3.4 million people in South Sudan since the beginning of the year. This includes life-saving emergency food and nutrition assistance for 2.6 million people displaced or affected by conflict and 800,000 people through the recovery operation to help communities strengthen their resilience to shocks and continued support to refugees.

So far this year, UNICEF, together with partners, has treated more than 76,000 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Children with SAM are nine times more likely to die than well-nourished children. The UN Children’s Fund has a target for the year of reaching 700,000 malnourished children across the country. As part of its multi-sectoral approach to addressing the issue, UNICEF has also provided 500,000 people with safe drinking water and a further 200,000 people with access to sanitation facilities.
UNICEF, WFP and partners also scaled up the deployment of Rapid Response missions, which use helicopters and air drops to reach cut-off communities. Since February, 25 missions have been completed in Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei, reaching more than 40,000 children.

FAO has provided fishing, crop- and vegetable-growing kits to more than 2.8 million people, including 200,000 in the famine-affected areas, and vaccinated more than 6 million livestock to save lives through livelihoods.

Famine can only be declared when very specific conditions are met: at least 20 percent of families in an area face extreme food shortages with a limited ability to cope; acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 percent; and the death rate per day exceeds two adults out of every 10,000 in the population.

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 80 countries.
Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media and @WFP_Africa.

Contacts:

WFP
George Fominyen, WFP/Juba, +211 922 465 247, George.Fominyen@wfp.org
Frances.Kennedy, WFP/Rome, +39 346 760 0806, Frances.Kennedy@wfp.org

FAO
Lieke Visser, FAO South Sudan, +211 922 001 661, Lieke.Visser@fao.org
Zoie Jones, FAO Rome, +39 06570 56309, Zoie.Jones@fao.org

UNICEF
Tim Irwin, UNICEF South Sudan, +211 912 162 888, tjirwin@unicef.org
James Elder, UNICEF Nairobi, +254 715 581 222, jelder@unicef.org

 

 

 

ROME/JUBA - Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response, according to new analysis released today. However, the situation remains dire across the country as the number of people struggling to find enough food each day has grown to 6 million – up from 4.9 million in February – and is the highest level of food insecurity ever experienced in South Sudan.

651228
06/19/2017 - 16:27

“Germany highly appreciates WFP’s efforts to address the needs of the most vulnerable people in Iraq who are in dire need of life-saving assistance,” said Franz-Josef Kremp, German Ambassador to Iraq. “This contribution will help WFP address hunger in places where there is food on the market but people affected by the conflict cannot afford to buy it.”

With this contribution, WFP will continue to use SCOPE, its system to manage food assistance for people receiving WFP support, in combination with financial services in Iraq such as mobile money. These systems will allow WFP to increase the scale and reach of cash-based transfers so that vulnerable Iraqis can buy the nutritious foods of their choice from local shops.  Every month, families are notified via text message that their electronic credit allocation of around €15 per family member has been reloaded. Nearly 74,000 women and more than 128,000 children under the age of five will be assisted through this programme.

“On behalf of the Iraqi people whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict, we thank the German Government for this very significant contribution,” said WFP Representative Sally Haydock. “We deliver cash assistance, so that the people we serve benefit from greater choice, more balanced diets, and higher purchasing power.”  

Germany is one of WFP’s most important humanitarian partners. Since 2014, Germany has supported WFP in Iraq with €84 million, enabling a significant increase in food assistance for the most vulnerable Iraqis through ready-to-eat meals, monthly family food rations and cash-based transfers.

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

Sally Haydock, WFP/Baghdad, Tel. +964 (0) 780 929 9900
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2 016 663 4352
Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2 010 1521 8882

 

 

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a generous contribution of €28 million from the German Government, which will support food assistance to 275,000 displaced Iraqis in four governorates across the country.

651226
06/19/2017 - 11:50

In 2003, WFP received a mandate to provide air services to the humanitarian community worldwide. Since then, UNHAS – as it is known – has ensured safe, reliable and cost effective operations in 15 countries, transporting over 280,000 passengers every year. All commercially operated aircraft chartered by WFP comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and the United Nations Aviation Standards (UNAVSTADs).

As well as passenger transport, WFP carries out airlifts of life-saving cargo and airdrops of essential relief items into dangerous and isolated areas – including high-altitude parachute airdrops in Syria.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Deborah Nguyen, WFP/Paris, Tel. +33 652897644

 

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is proud to be taking part, for the seventh year in a row, in the international Paris Air Show. Held from 19 to 25 June, the top event of its kind in the world will allow WFP to showcase its aviation expertise and ability to deliver crucial assistance in times of crisis. It will also offer a chance to explore the availability of new aircraft, air operators and technologies for humanitarian aviation.

651220
06/15/2017 - 11:41

WFP’s leading donors – including the European Union, USA, CERF, Japan and the African Development Bank – contributed US$9.4 million towards food and cash assistance.
“We would like to thank the donor community for its generous support, vital for those most in need,” says WFP Country Director Alberto Mendes.

Some 124,000 people received relief food. WFP also introduced cash assistance to Swaziland: this allowed some 142,000 people to choose what food to buy while injecting money into the local economy. In total, SZL56 million was transferred to mobile money accounts.

Swaziland has been among the countries hardest hit by two straight years of drought blamed on the El Niño weather event. While WFP’s emergency operation has ended, the agency will continue its assistance to Swaziland’s orphans and vulnerable children, and its “food by prescription” project for people living with HIV/AIDS.

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For more information please contact:

Margherita Coco, WFP Mbabane. Mobile:  +268-76931637. Email: margherita.coco@wfp.org
David Orr, WFP Johannesburg. Mobile:  +27 82 908 1417. Email: david.orr@wfp.org

 

 

MBABANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has phased out its emergency operation in Swaziland, after helping up to 230,000 people through drought over the past year. The close of the operation – carried out in support of the Government’s national response – coincided with the end of the lean season last month.

651219
06/14/2017 - 15:55

This week, sixteen trucks loaded with a one-month supply of WFP food assistance delivered relief for 80,000 displaced people who have arrived in parts of Raqqa, Deir Ezzor and Al-Hassakeh. WFP also delivered a one-month supply of specialized nutrition supplements for the treatment and prevention of malnutrition for nearly 5,000 children.

“Reaching families displaced in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor with food assistance after three years of isolation is a breakthrough for WFP in Syria,” said Jakob Kern, WFP Representative and Country Director in Syria. “The humanitarian community can now restore a lifeline of support for thousands of families who have endured years of isolation and unspeakable hardship.” 

Distributions are ongoing, with plans to continue regular deliveries to reach a total of 185,500 people each month in locations which include Ain Issa, Tabqa, Journiyeh, Tal Abyad, Al-Karama and Suluk in Raqqa governorate, Abu Khashab in Deir Ezzor as well as Mabroka camp in Hassakeh governorate, which hosts displaced people from Raqqa.

Most of Raqqa was taken over by ISIS in 2014. WFP was able to reach the area in March this year for the first time since July 2015. Since March, WFP has provided emergency food assistance to more than 170,000 people in northern Raqqa as well as people who sought shelter in Deir Ezzor governorate and Mabroka camp in Hasakeh. 

Through local partners, WFP is providing monthly food assistance to families in need. The food provided includes rice, lentils, beans, bulgur wheat, wheat flour, cooking oil, salt and sugar.

Every month, WFP delivers food assistance to four million vulnerable people across all 14 governorates in Syria. In addition to its emergency operation, WFP is also scaling up support for long-term recovery by focusing on livelihoods, nutrition and improving access to primary education for children in Syria through school meals.

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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 and @wfp_mena

To access WFP in Syria in 2016 - Year in Review report click:
http://publications.wfp.org/en/syria-annual-report/2016/  

For more information please contact:
Marwa Awad, WFP/Damascus, Mob. +963 958 882 900
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
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 delivered food to displaced people in seven hard-to-reach areas in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor governorates in northern Syria, where regular deliveries of humanitarian assistance have been suspended for more than three years due to conflict and besiegement.