School children in Amedi in Dahuk, Kurdistan, north of Iraq.The Iraqi government is the largest donor to WFP's school meals project in Iraq. (Copyright: WFP/Abeer Etefa)

WFP's Activities in Iraq

WFP has been working in Iraq since 1991. With the large-scale displacement of people seen in 2006 and 2007, food emerged as a priority need for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq.


The situation in Iraq remains volatile due to long years of ongoing instability. Since 1990, both accessibility and the quality of essential services have deteriorated significantly in a country where one quarter of the population lives below the poverty line of US$2 per day. Although Iraqis’ dependency on the Public Distribution System (PDS) has decreased from 67 percent in 2007 to 57 percent in 2011, it remains the main source of food for the poorest Iraqis. 

In 2012, the influx of Syrian refugees into northern Iraq due to the ongoing conflict was an added burden. The Kurdistan Regional Government, UN agencies and NGOs are providing assistance to Syrian refugees.

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Country at a glance 2014
Planned Beneficiaries0
Beneficiary needs (mt)19,843
Beneficiary needs ($US)27,085,808