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J807N Syria Emergency Relief Project.

Syria, Middle East

Project Description

[Photo Credit: Rein Skullerud]

In a world where we produce enough food to feed everyone, 821 million people — one in nine — still go to bed hungry each night.

We can end hunger but only if we end conflicts. The vicious cycle of conflict and hunger must be broken if we are to achieve a world where everyone has enough to eat. Conflict forces millions of people to abandon their land, homes and jobs — putting them at risk of hunger or even famine.

At the same time, hunger may contribute to conflict when coupled with poverty, unemployment or economic hardship. The message from the World Food Programme is simple: end the conflicts and we can end hunger.

Project Description

The war has left Syria a broken country and above all the people desperately need peace.

Nine years of war have left Syria’s economy in near collapse, pushing millions of people into hunger and food insecurity. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of food insecure people increased from 6.5 million to 7.9 million, and food prices spiked by 60 per cent.

Since the outbreak of renewed fighting in the north east of the country, hundreds of thousands of people are being driven away from their homes. WFP is concerned about the safety of civilians trapped in hostilities and is providing food assistance to newly-displaced people as well as to host families, many of which are struggling themselves.

WFP has been on the front lines of the Syrian crisis since its onset in 2011, doing whatever it takes to deliver food to millions of people who need it.

Within Syria, every month, WFP uses over 4,600 trucks to deliver emergency food assistance to 900 distribution points in all 14 governorates. In besieged and hard-to reach areas, where regular deliveries are not possible and humanitarian needs are extremely high, WFP employs creative solutions, including inter-agency cross-line convoys, as well as airlifts and high-altitude airdrops.

WFP also conducts cross-border deliveries from Jordan and Turkey to bring food assistance to opposition-held areas in northern and southern Syria. Working with over 50 local and international partners, WFP provides food assistance to over 7.5 million people inside Syria and in the neighbouring countries. While increasing numbers are returning, many others remain displaced and in need of support.

Seventy five percent of Syrians currently live in poverty, and unless peaceful solutions are found, many more people will pay the price for ongoing conflict. Access routes must remain open so WFP and our partners can continue to reach in immense need.

WFP commits to helping Syria’s most vulnerable children and families and providing them with education, nutrition, health, protection services and food.  We support activities to rehabilitate bakeries, restore and enhance bee-keeping, promote local production of specialized fortified foods and create employment opportunities at packaging and warehouses facilities for WFP operations.

WFP fights malnutrition by providing nutrition support to young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. We also support the education of Syrian children by providing nutritious snacks in almost 900 schools across the country.

WFP – saving lives in emergencies and changing lives for millions through sustainable development. WFP works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding people caught in conflict and disasters, and laying the foundations for a better future.

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