WFP has been operating in Egypt since 1968 providing over US$681 million worth of assistance to the country over the years in an effort to improve food security, nutritional status and access to socio-economic opportunities amongst the most vulnerable segments of the population. Particular emphasis has been placed on meeting the needs of women and children.
In July 2013, WFP Egypt launched its new 4-year plan that ends in December 2017 and targets 800,000 beneficiaries including women, children and vulnerable communities nationwide.
WFP operations in Egypt are designed to respond to the country’s long-term food and nutrition insecurity as well as providing funding for social safety nets including school feeding and mother and child nutrition. WFP Egypt employs a comprehensive package of technical assistance in which national institutions are partners in development. And in line with government priorities, WFP will continue to support the capacity of national institutions to reduce poverty, food insecurity and under-nutrition.
WFP’s current country programme in Egypt includes efforts to:
Enable national institutions to systematically monitor and respond to food security risks, provide evidence-based analysis for food security policy, and support food-based social safety net reform efforts
Enhance access to nursery and primary education and combat child labour through food assistance at selected schools in Upper Egypt
Enable poor communities in rural Upper Egypt and border governorates to adapt to climate change and market shocks, reduce agricultural losses through supporting national efforts to create sustainable livelihoods;
Strengthen national capacity to prevent chronic malnutrition among the most vulnerable populations;
Provide food assistance to vulnerable Syrian refugees residing in Egypt, upon the government’s request, as part of WFP’s Syria Regional Refugee Response.