WFP has been operating in Egypt since 1968, and provided over US$681 million worth of assistance to Egypt, in an effort to improve food and nutritional security 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.
The Egypt new Country Programme (CP 200328), effective as of July 2013 to December 2017, targets 800,000 beneficiaries including women, children and vulnerable communities nationwide.
The CP is designed to respond to Egypt’s long term food and nutrition insecurity, and provides funding for safety nets, including school feeding and mother and child nutrition through a comprehensive package of technical assistance in which national institutions are partners in development. In line with the 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 pre-primary and primary education and combat child labour through food assistance targeted at selected schools in Upper Egypt
Enable poor communities in rural Upper Egypt and Frontier governorates to adapt to climate change and market shocks, and reduce agricultural losses through supporting national efforts to create sustainable livelihoods; and
Strengthen national capacity to prevent chronic malnutrition among the most vulnerable populations
Provide food assistance to vulnerable Syrians refugees coming from Syria, as part of a broader framework of support to Syrian refugees in coordination with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), based on the Government of Egypt’s request.
WFP activities are in line with the Government of Egypt and United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) that was jointly signed by the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation and UN agencies in Egypt, to focus on achieving MDGs with inclusive growth, freedom, social justice and dignity. WFP aims to respond to government requests for continued assistance and to act as a catalyst for technical innovation and its transfer to local institutions and industry.