Emergency relief for the vulnerable of Lebanon
Images: Malak Jaafar & Ziad Rizkallah
Lebanon has frequently been in the news lately with the severe economic crisis further worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now combined with the recent disastrous explosion at the Port of Beirut and there is enormous need for emergency food relief for the vulnerable of Beirut.
Lebanon imports nearly 85 percent of its food, largely through the Port of Beirut. Grain silos with the capacity to hold 120,000 metric tons have mostly been destroyed. At the time of explosion, the silos contained around 15,000 metric tons of wheat, corn, and barley. Current wheat flour reserves in the country are estimated to cover market needs for 6 weeks, whereas a 3-month supply is standard to ensure food security.
In response to this crisis Global Development Group is partnering with the World Food Programme on an emergency relief project in Lebanon. WFP estimate that 150,000 people are now vulnerable due to the explosions.
A recent WFP survey, prior to the explosion, found that access to food had become a major source of concern. 50% of Lebanese respondents say they were worried they would not have enough food to eat.
This emergency project is focused on providing emergency food assistance to the most vulnerable in Lebanon.
WFP has delivered an emergency supply of 50,000 metric tons of wheat flour to stabilize national supply.
WFP are now distributing 5,000 food parcels to the most vulnerable people affected by the blast. Each food package is enough to feed a family of five for one month with basic items such as rice, pasta, chickpeas, oil, sugar and salt.