Overview

WFP’s mission in the West Bank and Gaza is to provide food assistance to vulnerable people and to work with local Palestinian authorities to strengthen safety nets and build the capacity of local institutions to anticipate and prepare for emergencies.

 

Food insecurity in the occupied Palestinian territory is driven primarily by poverty linked to the occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of the Gaza Strip, not the lack of food, which makes sufficient, nutritious food out of reach for many.

 

Restrictions by Israeli authorities on freedom of movement, access to natural resources, the right to pursue gainful employment, and on international trade and investment has left 27 percent of households, or 1.3 million Palestinians, unable to meet their basic food and households expenses, with a further 14 percent of households at risk of food insecurity. Although these numbers show a slight recent improvement, they remain at an alarming level. 

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Country at a glance 2014
Planned Beneficiaries609,300
Beneficiary needs (mt)28,757
Beneficiary needs ($US)43,458,892