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Food Continues Reaching Palestinians With Support From Canada

Food Continues Reaching Palestinians With Support From Canada (1)

The results of a joint UN food security survey found that in 2012, a total of 1.6 million people – or 34 percent of households in the West Bank and Gaza were food insecure, a dramatic rise from 27 percent in 2011. WFP is now reaching close to 650,000 people in West Bank and Gaza with food assistance every year.

Food Continues Reaching Palestinians With Support From Canada (2)

Last year Canada was the biggest donor to WFP in the West Bank and Gaza with a total contribution of more than CND$30 million. Their CND$11 million contribution announced on June 17, 2013 will help fund emergency food assistance, food voucher distributions and food security sector coordination.
 

Food Continues Reaching Palestinians With Support From Canada (3)

Half the Bedouin and Herder communities don’t have enough food for their families; they are the poorest and most marginalized populations in the West Bank area. A joint response from WFP/UNRWA is reaching around 30,000 people with much needed food.

Food Continues Reaching Palestinians With Support From Canada (4)

Canada’s contribution comes at a time when WFP were about to cut food rations for around 120,000 people because of lack of funding. Now Rasmieh Abu Ran will have the supplies she needs to continue to bake her bread in the Hebron Hills.

Food Continues Reaching Palestinians With Support From Canada (5)

In Jericho shoppers using electronic vouchers from WFP are buying dairy products, eggs, olive oil, salt and other groceries, most of which are produced locally. In the past three years WFP has injected more than US$100 million into the Palestinian economy through local purchase and the redemption of electronic food vouchers. This investment supports local businesses and generates employment.
 

Food Continues Reaching Palestinians With Support From Canada (6)

A woman from the Bedouin community makes bread with fortified flour donated by the government of Canada.

 

The results of a joint UN food security survey found that in 2012, a total of 1.6 million people – or 34 percent of households in the West Bank and Gaza were food insecure, a dramatic rise from 27 percent in 2011. WFP is now reaching close to 650,000 people in West Bank and Gaza with food assistance every year.