• Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Struggle to Fight Hunger as WFP Food Vouchers are Reduced (For the Media)

    BEIRUT – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin concluded a visit to Jordan and Lebanon on Thursday by calling upon the international community to continue support Syrian refugees displaced in neighbouring countries and appealing to the world not to forget this crisis. 

    Major funding shortfalls forced the agency to cut food assistance by up to fifty percent.  During her four-day visit, Cousin met with Syrian refugees and government officials, bringing attention to the plight of millions facing extreme hardship as a result of these cuts. 

    Since the beginning of the year, WFP has faced critical funding shortages that forced it to reduce the level of the assistance it provides to some 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

  • WFP Forced to Make Deeper Cuts in Food Assistance for Syrian Refugees Due to Lack of Funding (For the Media)

    AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme is being forced to implement deeper cuts in food assistance for vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan because of a severe lack of funding. In July, WFP will halve the value of food vouchers, or “e-cards,” in Lebanon, providing only US$13.50 per person per month. In Jordan, WFP fears that if it does not receive immediate funding by August, it will have to suspend all assistance to Syrian refugees living outside camps, leaving some 440,000 people with no food. WFP is funded entirely by contributions from governments, companies and private individuals. But its regional refugee operation is currently 81 percent underfunded and immediately requires US$139 million to continue helping desperate refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Iraq through September. 

  • WFP Warns Lack of Funds Puts Nepal on Steep Path to Recovery (For the Media)

    Two months after the earthquake, the United Nations World Food Programme warned that it is running out of funds to provide essential logistics services to the humanitarian community and to implement early recovery activities and nutritional support for women and children. WFP currently has a funding shortfall of US$74 million for its earthquake response operations in Nepal until the end of the year. WFP’s focus is now shifting to Nepal’s early recovery. Providing cash to families for clearing debris means they can buy food and markets are revitalized. Employing porters to deliver relief items and fix trails supports livelihoods and opens tourism routes. With the World Health Organization, we’re building 50 temporary health clinics to kick-start access to health services. 


  • WFP Scales Up Food Assistance in Ukraine (For the Media)

    KIEV – The United Nations World Food Programme is scaling up its emergency operation in eastern Ukraine to feed close to 190,000 vulnerable people displaced by the conflict and civilians trapped near the frontlines. WFP has also stocked food supplies near the conflict areas in anticipation of further waves of displacement and for distribution to people who are besieged by the violence.

  • Lean Holidays for Increasing Numbers of Iraqis Displaced by Militants as Funding for WFP Dwindles (For the Media)

    Around 1600 displaced Christians, mostly from Mosul, are living in this unfinished shopping mall. There are no walls and the ground floor is filled with water. Temperatures drop below freezing at night. Here they are trying to prepare for Christmas the best they can with a makeshift nativity scene.  WFP provides them food vouchers and food like rice, cooking oil and pasta. More than 1.8 million people from different groups have fled the militant attacks in Iraq since June 2014. In Peshmerga military base, Kurdish forces have been airlifting Yazidis from Mt. Sinjar. On this day they freed Mt. Sinjar from the militants. WFP has provided food assistance to more than 1 million people displaced across Iraq since the upsurge in violence in mid-June. This is in spite of a very challenging security situation.