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652112
08/15/2018 - 11:38

​People fled their homes in the eastern region when violent protests erupted on 3 August. Houses, churches, vehicles and shops were burned, damaged or looted, and WFP was forced to suspend all its operations in the Somali Region. At least 80 people were killed, according to media reports.

Food distributions began last week (9 August) for 52,000 people sheltering in three locations in the regional capital of Jijiga city.

With the support of the Government of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Red Cross Society, WFP is providing rice, pulses, oil and corn soya blend to families, and highly nutritious foods for children and pregnant or nursing mothers at St Mikael church, the Mother Theresa compound and the Roman Catholic mission, as well as at mosques and other centres across Jijiga.

WFP has so far distributed 131 metric tons to more than 15,000 people.

“Working with our partners we hope to provide as much support as possible to those people affected by these disturbances,” said Christine Clarence, WFP Emergency Coordinator for the Somali Region.

She added that a humanitarian coordination committee with government and humanitarian partners was working to identify food distribution points for other vulnerable people in Jijiga.

WFP usually provides food assistance to some 2 million food-insecure people in the Somali Region, the centre of WFP operations in Somalia. Another 311,000 drought-affected people receive complementary WFP food assistance under the government-led Productive Safety Net Programme.

While the region has reportedly become calmer in recent days, UN travel restrictions still in place and other WFP operations remain on hold. WFP hopes to resume normal operations shortly.

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

Melese Awoke, WFP/Addis Ababa, Mob. +251 911201981

Paul Anthem, WFP/Addis Ababa, Mob. +251 911513817

Peter Smerdon WFP/Nairobi, Mobile: +254 707 722 104

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing food to tens of thousands of people seeking temporary shelter following violent protests in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.

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08/14/2018 - 19:45

WFP has been present in Banki since 2016 providing monthly food rations to some 45,000 people who are entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance. The stoves, which were distributed under WFP’s Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Initiative, are intended to bring multiple benefits to almost every family living in the camp.  

An assessment carried out by WFP in January 2018 in four local government areas in Borno state, revealed that 85% of women felt at risk when collecting firewood from various threats including violence, sexual assault and even abduction. 76% of those surveyed were not able to cover their daily cooking needs due to inadequate supplies of firewood; and 70% have no access to wood fuel resources in their immediate living environment as a result of the insecurity arising from the ongoing conflict between the security forces and Non-State Armed Actors which has limited people’s movements. 

“When we distribute food to a vulnerable population, our aim is to make sure that people are able to prepare that food safely without putting themselves in harm’s way”, explains Sarah Longford, Country Director a.i. in Nigeria. 

“We’re stepping in to protect women and young girls whose lives are exposed to great danger while crossing unsafe territories to fetch firewood. These stoves burn 50% less fuel when compared to conventional open cooking fires. This reduces the burden of care on women and girls who can spend less time spent on gathering firewood”. 

Firewood is also becoming an increasingly scarce and expensive commodity in towns where population movements are restricted.  Quite often, families have been forced into poor dietary habits because they cannot afford fuel which means they risk eating undercooked food, rely on less nutritious foods that does not require cooking or eat fewer meals. The stoves also have additional health and environmental benefits. They help to prevent further deforestation and produce far less smoke than traditional fires, reducing the incidence of respiratory diseases. Furthermore, the design of the stoves reduces the safety risks, such as fires, when used inside houses.

Together with other food security partners, WFP has been advocating with the Nigerian Armed Forces to ensure that affected populations have safer access to firewood collection. This includes increasing the number of patrols responsible for accompanying civilians. 

WFP plans to roll out the stoves distribution programme across four additional local government areas in Borno and is finalising plans to begin the second phase of a longer term project aimed at increasing income-generating opportunities and boosting the livelihoods of people in the camps. This involves training women and girls in how to manufacture and market the fuel-efficient cooking stoves locally.  

WFP recognizes the support of the donors to its food assistance activities in northeast Nigeria this year. Canada, European Commission (ECHO), Finland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom (DFID), the United States (USAID), and private donors have made contributions to WFP Nigeria this year. 

Every month, WFP is feeding approximately 1.2 million people affected by the conflict in northeast Nigeria. To continue its emergency operation in northeast Nigeria WFP urgently requires US$100 million to provide emergency food assistance, prevent malnutrition in young children and pregnant or breastfeeding women, support livelihoods and retain flexibility to respond to further population displacement. 

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

Adedeji Ademigbuji, WFP/Maiduguri, Mob: +234 (0)813 107 5667
Kelechi Onyemaobi, WFP/Abuja, Mob: +234 (0)902 486 7649
Patrick Fuller, WFP/Abuja, Mob: +234 (0)907 026 5271 

Abuja / Maiduguri, Nigeria. The World Food Programme (WFP), together with its partner INTERSOS, has distributed fuel-efficient stoves to 7,340 displaced families receiving WFP food assistance in the town of Banki, in Nigeria’s Borno state. The stoves distribution is an effort to improve people’s quality of life and reduce the protection risks faced by women and girls in particular, when they have to gather firewood from unsafe areas. 

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08/14/2018 - 11:31

The funds – channelled through the European Commission's European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO) – will allow around 210,000 extremely poor people to purchase the food of their choice for one and a half months. 

Each family member will receive a monthly entitlement of just over US$10 credited onto their WFP electronic voucher card that they can use within selected retail shops. At a time when poverty and unemployment have reached unprecedented heights, WFP has been increasingly relying on the local private sector to channel assistance and stimulate a crippled economy.  

The collapse of the socio-economic fabric in Gaza has resulted in an unprecedented humanitarian crisis that has taken a devastating toll on the poorest. Gazan residents, who suffer the consequences of growing restrictions to basic social services and a shrinking job market, are trapped in a circle of poverty and anguish. 

”Our strong and long-lasting partnership with EU Humanitarian Aid is instrumental in helping the poorest cope with growing deprivations and a rapid decline in their socio-economic conditions,” said WFP Representative and Country Director in Palestine Stephen Kearney. ”WFP’s food assistance and all other forms of support are now more critical than ever to avert a deepening humanitarian crisis. This is our collective responsibility.”

In Gaza, poverty and unemployment affect half of the population. The year-long energy crisis has left households with as little as four hours of power a day, putting enormous strain on health, water and sanitation systems as well as on all productive sectors. Salary cuts and payment delays for tens of thousands of public sector employees have curtailed people’s purchasing power and made their debt burdens worse. 

WFP serves people who are most acutely hit by lack of job opportunities and who rely on a daily income of less than US$1 to cover their basic housing, clothing and food expenditures. This is significantly below the national deep poverty line of US$3.7. These people often skip meals, take on debts and rely on support from neighbours and friends. 

‘‘The alarming degree of food-insecurity in Gaza is one of the consequences of the blockade and the pressing conflict. The EU, in cooperation with WFP, is doing its utmost to support the most vulnerable and cover their immediate food needs,” said Michelle Čičić, Head of ECHO office in Palestine.

Since January, WFP has been providing assistance to 245,000 extremely poor and severely food-insecure people through direct food rations or food electronic vouchers. Additional resources are needed to continue assistance until the end of the year without disruption. 

Support to these vulnerable communities is provided in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development and the INGO Global Communities. 

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Raphael du Boispean, WFP/Jerusalem, Mob. +972 546773160 
Yasmine Abuelassal, WFP/Jerusalem, Mob. +972 546773170

JERUSALEM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Palestine welcomed a contribution of €2.95 million (US$3.6 million) from the European Union to support critical food assistance to severely vulnerable Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. 

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08/10/2018 - 15:25

The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) will visit Niger from 15-18 August 2018, to highlight regional efforts to address the critical food and nutrition security situation in the Sahel.

During their visit, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, IFAD President Gilbert F. Houngbo, and WFP Executive Director David Beasley, will meet Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou as well as Prime Minister Brigi Rafini and other members of the country’s government. 

They will also visit several projects where collaboration among FAO, IFAD  WFP, the Government of Niger and other partners, is providing people with new opportunities to feed their families, earn an income and build more resilient livelihoods through agricultural activities.

These initiatives illustrate the need to closely link humanitarian and development assistance within the context of building peace in the region. Similarly, FAO, IFAD and WFP are supporting the Government of Niger’s “les nigériens nourissent les nigériens” (Nigeriens feed Nigieriens) initiative which aims to reduce poverty and build resilience to food crises.

In Niger, as in many parts of the Sahel, climate shocks have resulted in recurring droughts with devastating impacts on the region’s already vulnerable populations, particularly those relying on crop and livestock production for their livelihoods and survival.

As the Sahel’s lean season that runs from June to August nears its close, latest estimates show that nearly 6 million people will have been severely food insecure in this period.  Of these, almost half – or 2.7 million people – are pastoralists or agropastoralists. Up to 1.6 million children are expected to experience severe acute malnutrition.  

The three UN agency heads, whose organizations are working in partnership within the UN system-wide support to the Sahel, will underscore joint efforts aimed at addressing poverty, underdevelopment, the impacts of extreme weather events and migration - factors that have all contributed to the region’s critical humanitarian and security situation.   
 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

FAO

Agali Moumouni (Niger)
agali.moumouni@fao.org
tel. +227 9736 6062‬

Peter Mayer (Rome)
peter.mayer@fao.org
tel. +39 06 570 53304

IFAD

David Paqui
d.paqui@ifad.org
tel. +227 80833691

WFP

George Fominyen (Niger)
george.fominyen@wfp.org
tel. +22 1 776 394 271

Jane Howard (Rome)
jane.howard@wfp.org 
tel. +39 346 7600 521

Press Conference 

The meeting with President Issoufou on Friday, 17 August at 11:00 a.m. will be followed by a joint news conference at the presidential residence in Niamey.  

 

Focus includes tackling poverty, building resilience to shocks and addressing migration 15-18 August 2018.

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08/10/2018 - 11:29
 
Protecting and promoting breastfeeding is part of WFP’s Prevention and Treatment of Moderate Acute Malnutrition project that is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project supports the Government of Tajikistan in improving nutrition by providing access to nutritional support and healthcare.
 
“Breastfeeding provides children with the best start in life, it also benefits maternal health, protects against non-communicable diseases and contributes to environmental sustainability. Children who are not breastfed face an increased risk of malnutrition, morbidity and long-term health consequences,” noted WFP Acting Representative in Tajikistan Mariko Kawabata.  “Promoting breastfeeding is critical to realising WFP’s main goal; that is achieving zero hunger by 2030.” 
 
Over the coming four years, WFP – with USAID support – plans to provide specialised nutritious food products to over 24,000 malnourished children aged 6-59 months in more than 300 national primary health centres in Balkhi, Shahritus, Kulob and Dusti districts of Khatlon and Ayni district of Sughd. 
 
The Breastfeeding – Foundation of Life event was held in Kulob in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MoHSP). Governmental counterparts, donors, partners and media attended the event that included short dramas, art competitions for children, and quizzes to test participants’ knowledge on the importance of breastfeeding.
 
For the last 25 years, WFP has been providing food assistance in Tajikistan while building and consolidating a national social protection system for food security and nutrition. 
 
The Prevention and Treatment of Moderate Acute Malnutrition Project is one of the many assistance projects made possible by the American people through USAID’s collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Tajikistan. 
 
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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Dilbar Ruzadorova, WFP/Tajikistan, Mob. +992 900092987
Shamsiya Miralibekova, WFP/Tajikistan, Mob: +992 900005826

KULOB – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) held today a special event to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week to highlight the importance of breastfeeding as key to children’s survival, nutrition and early development.

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08/07/2018 - 17:36

Beasley met ministers and officials in the Government of Sudan to discuss WFP’s work and future in the country. He acknowledged Sudan’s critical role in promoting stability and food security in the region by hosting refugees as well as facilitating logistics and supply corridors for humanitarian assistance to neighbouring countries.

“This cooperative spirit is putting us on the path towards achieving greater food security not only for Sudan but also for the greater region,” said Beasley
 
Throughout his visit, Beasley stressed the importance of peace and stability in Sudan for achieving food security.  “We want to create a success story in Sudan by continuing to help people who have been suffering from conflict and its consequences for many years,” said Beasley. “But we also want to see them in a few years providing for themselves and their families, becoming self-reliant.”
 
The visit came at a critical time for Sudan, which is experiencing a challenging economic situation that is pushing more people into food insecurity. 

Beasley saw first-hand the situation of over 85,000 displaced people in Otash camp in Nyala, South Darfur, where he spoke to families receiving WFP cash assistance, food and specialized nutritional products for children suffering from malnutrition. Many people have been living in the camp, which was opened in August 2004, for more than a decade, while others have arrived in the past months because of fighting in the Jebel Marra region. 

Displaced community leaders appealed to WFP’s Executive Director to carry their voice for peace to the world, so that they can return home to their farmsteads.

While WFP continues to provide food and emergency assistance, the upcoming five-year plan in the country will also focus on helping Sudan eliminate hunger by 2030. “We do not only want to save lives, we want to work with people and help them change their lives,” said Beasley. “Our long-term vision is seeing Sudan feeding Sudan. It has the potential to be the food basket of Africa.”
 
This year, WFP aims to assist 4.8 million people in Sudan. This includes supporting refugees and displaced families, smallholder farmers to reduce post-harvest losses and reduce the food gap in the lean season; provide cash assistance to poorest families to help buffer the impact of the economic crisis, and find long-term and sustainable solutions to end malnutrition.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mob. +201066634352
Belinda Popovska, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 9 1200 2000 (ext. 2125), Mob. +249 912158413 
Abdulaziz Abdulmomin, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2123), Mob. +249 912167055

KHARTOUM – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today concluded a three-day visit to Sudan, his first to the country since he assumed leadership of the UN food agency in April 2017.

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08/07/2018 - 16:53

“UNICEF is proud to join WFP’s electronic distribution system. This allows us to provide essential hygiene products for up to 50,000 individuals each month, and greatly increases our efficiency in monitoring distributions. This will have a significant impact on preventing disease outbreaks, particularly among children,” said Jean Metenier, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Cox’s Bazar.

SCOPE is an online database system which WFP has developed to improve how it distributes food and other assistance to people in need.  Each household is issued an assistance card that stores household data which can also be used to redeem food at outlets within the camps. 

SCOPE allows Rohingya refugees to enroll for an electronic food assistance card, much like a smart card. Refugees can use this card at participating food outlets and use their monthly credit to collect food and now soap. They have greater choice on the diversity of food and hygiene supplies they receive, and they no longer need to travel and queue at centralized distribution points.

“WFP aims to extend the electronic voucher programme to gradually include the entire refugee population by March 2019, allowing refugees more food choices. I am pleased that our partnership with UNICEF now helps ensure that hygiene items are also available at the retail outlets we work with,’’ WFP Emergency Coordinator Peter Guest added.

UNICEF is providing 13 bars of soap for each target household every month – eight for hand washing and five for laundering clothes. 

“It is important that we not only promote good hygiene practices, but also that we supply products to support these practices on a regular basis. WFP’s SCOPE distribution system helps us to reach this goal,” highlighted Jean Metenier, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Cox’s Bazar.

“I am very happy to get the soap today. I have an eight-month-old son, and now I can bathe him with soap, I can wash our clothes. We have no money, so we couldn’t afford to buy soap,” says Sajida, a young mother.

UNICEF plans to align with WFP to scale up coverage within the camps and potentially expand the range of hygiene supplies available through the SCOPE system to ensure sustained progress on good hygiene practices in the refugee camps. 

Media contacts:   

Karen Reidy, UNICEF Cox’s Bazar Tel: +880 17 0070 5742 Email: kreidy@unicef.org 
Shorif Sonia, WFP Cox’s Bazar Tel: +880 17 2906 7277 Email: shorif.sonia@wfp.org 

Cox’s Bazar. UNICEF has partnered with WFP to use the food agency’s SCOPE digital assistance system to distribute soap supplies to up to 50,000 refugees in Rohingya Refugee camps, strengthening hygiene practices and helping prevent disease outbreaks. The pilot was launched in Balukhali Refugee camp on 1 August 2018.

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08/06/2018 - 14:56

“This contribution reflects the generosity of the people and the Government of Kuwait. Under the leadership of His Highness the Emir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait has again stepped up its support to WFP to help us reach vulnerable families in Yemen,” said Director of WFP in the UAE and Representative to the GCC region Mageed Yahia.  

Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi, recently announced the country’s major donation to WFP.

More than three years of conflict have pushed Yemen to the brink of famine; nearly 18 million people do not know where their next meal is coming from and more than eight million of them live in extreme hunger and depend entirely on external food assistance. 

“This significant contribution from the Government of Kuwait could not be more timely, particularly given that the needs of Yemeni people are increasing,” said WFP Yemen Country Director Stephen Anderson. “This generous support from Kuwait will enable WFP to continue delivering food assistance to Yemeni people who need it most; no one should be left without food or the means to get it.”

When one child dies every ten minutes in Yemen from preventable diseases, the key to saving lives is ending the fighting and ending hunger. As conflict continues in Yemen, more people are in danger of falling victim to hunger and disease. Yemen is currently the world’s largest humanitarian crisis; 22 million people out of the country’s 29 million need some form of humanitarian assistance. 

Kuwait is a major supporter of WFP’s humanitarian and development assistance worldwide. In the last decade, Kuwait has contributed nearly US$190 million to WFP operations internationally, helping to make significant steps towards alleviating hunger for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. 

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Shelley Thakral, WFP/Yemen, Mob. +96739888219
Omar Alessa, WFP/Kuwait, Mob. +96569996601
Colin Kampschoer, WFP/Dubai, Mob. +971524724971
Reem Nada, WFP/Cairo, Mob. +201066634522

KUWAIT CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a new donation of US$50 million from the State of Kuwait for emergency food assistance in Yemen. The funds will be used to reach more than 2.5 million people over two months with wheat flour and oil through both direct distributions and WFP food assistance cards at retail outlets.

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07/31/2018 - 14:04
“The UK continues to stand by the government of Afghanistan and we have taken decisive action to step in early before the worst of the drought strikes to help prevent needless pain and suffering,” said Penny Mordaunt, UK International Development Secretary. “We call on other countries to join this international effort to support some of the world’s most vulnerable people during what will be immensely difficult times.” 
 
WFP has been supporting the most vulnerable families in affected areas since the first signs of the impact of the drought emerged in late 2017. Now that larger numbers of people are starting to require urgent assistance, WFP is ramping up its response in August and September in the five worst-affected provinces: Badghis, Ghor, Herat, Faryab and Jawzjan. 
 
“Needs are peaking earlier than expected in five of the twenty drought-affected provinces. To help communities and reduce migration to cities, WFP is providing immediate food assistance to 441,000 people over two months,” said Zlatan Milisic, WFP’s Country Director in Afghanistan. “This generous contribution from the UK will enable WFP to quickly assist hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable people, including women and children”. 
 
By October, WFP plans to expand its response to reach 1.4 million people in the twenty affected provinces and support women, men, girls and boys through the critical period to next year’s harvest.  UK funding will also contribute to this assistance. 
 
WFP is working with the Government of Afghanistan and partners to conduct a nationwide Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) to determine the full extent of the crisis and further refine the targeting of affected people, and exploring the possibility of utilizing wheat from the Government’s Strategic Grain Reserve (SGR) for a comprehensive drought response. This wheat would be milled, fortified and distributed to drought-affected families, complemented by other food commodities including fortified vegetable oil, pulses, iodized salt and specialised nutritious foods for children under the age of five. 
 
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WFP has been working in Afghanistan since 1963 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. 
 
WFP Afghanistan operates a feedback hotline number and welcomes comments, complaints and feedback regarding the distribution of WFP food assistance. Please call: 0790-555-544
 
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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Wahidullah Amani, WFP/Kabul, Mob. +93706004884

Kabul – The World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a new contribution of £10 million (US$13.1 million) from the Government of the United Kingdom to provide vital food assistance for people affected by drought in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is currently facing a severe drought that has affected 20 out of the country’s 34 provinces. UK funding will ensure that immediate food assistance reaches families in need in five of the worst-hit provinces.
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07/31/2018 - 09:31
Contributions to WFP

Belgium recently committed €14.4 million to WFP, the country’s first fully flexible multi-year contribution to the organization. This will enable WFP to allocate funding where needs are greatest and most immediate from 2018 to 2020. 

“Flexible funds give us the freedom we need to respond more quickly, save on costs, plan for the longer term and prevent disruptions to our life-saving work,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley. “To make the most of precious donor resources, we call on more of our government partners to provide funding that is unearmarked, predictable, and usable over multiple years.” 

Belgium’s flexible contribution will empower WFP to maximize the impact of donor funding at a moment of unparalleled needs, exemplified by multiple large-scale hunger crises facing the organization. Simultaneously, flexible funds allow WFP to invest in bridging the gap between humanitarian and development operations, while building the foundation for longer-term resilience where possible.

“For many years Belgium has led by example when it comes to granting core contributions. The Grand Bargain summit in 2016 has only reinforced Belgium’s commitment to increase core funding to trusted humanitarian partners such as WFP,” said Alexander De Croo, Belgian Minister for Development Cooperation. “Core contributions allow our partners more flexibility, speed of delivery and efficiency. At the same time, increased accountability and transparency is required. Granting flexible core funding to trusted humanitarian partners such as WFP represents a modern way of delivering humanitarian aid.”

Thanks to flexible donors like Belgium, WFP recently allocated more than €146 million to some 60 country operations – while providing a vital and urgent boost to lifesaving efforts in Syria, Yemen, the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo. These funds will also surge support to development projects and provide food assistance to refugees and displaced people. 

Under the agreement known as the Grand Bargain, concluded at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, leading donors committed to progressively reduce earmarking, with an aim of achieving a global target of 30 percent of humanitarian funding with fewer restrictions by 2020. However, governments like Belgium – that provide much-needed flexible contributions – are still very much in the minority, as many specify how and where the money can be spent. 

Flexible funding to WFP last year sat at just seven percent of the total resources provided to WFP, well below a high-water mark of 20 percent set in 2002. 

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Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Aneta Szczyglowska, WFP/Brussels, Tel. +32 (0)2 500 09 13

BRUSSELS – At a time of unprecedented demands on the humanitarian system, the Government of Belgium is stepping up to ensure that the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has flexibility in deciding how the funds it provides are spent.