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WFP has been operating in Syria since 1964, and has since provided more than US$500 million worth of food assistance in the country through development and emergency operations.

Current events

The World Food Programme is reaching about 3 million people a month in Syria with vital food assistance and is helping the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled into neighbouring countries. Working with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and 23 other local organizations, WFP is distributing food even in even hard hit areas subject to fighting.

WFP is also aiming to reach by the end of the year 300,000 vulnerable children with additional ready-to-eat supplementary products to treat and prevent malnutrition.These products come in the form of nutrient spreads such as Nutributter for children aged 6 to 23 months and Plumpy’doz for children aged 6 to 59 months.

Food security and drought-affected areas

Since 2006, Syria was hit by four consecutive years of drought resulting in crop failure, compounded by encroaching desertification and rising food and fuel prices. The 2007-2008 drought was the worst in 40 years and families were unable to recover because of subsequent partial crop failures. In 2009, WFP launched an emergency response to the drought assisting a total of 300,000 smallholder farmers and herders in Northeast Syria.

Assistance to Iraqi Refugees in Syria

Since the onset of the conflict in Iraq in 2003, Syria has hosted the largest Iraqi refugee population in the region. From 2007 until 2012, WFP provided food assistance to the vulnerable among them. During that period WFP started in 2010 an Electronic Voucher System (EVS) which proved to be an effective and efficient model to distribute food to refugees living in an urban context.

Food For Education

In 2010, WFP launched a food-for-education development project.  It aimed to encourage children and illiterate women living in rural areas to attend schools or literacy classes in return for food assistance. During 2010-2011, WFP reached more than 50,000 people (45,750 children and 5,000 women). 

WFP Offices
Donors - 2014 ($US)
Donors - Directed contributions
Multilateral contributionsUS$ 15,621,980
USA180,348,600
United Kingdom43,327,123
Germany28,862,980
United Arab Emirates24,960,000
Canada23,339,318
Kuwait13,000,000
Switzerland7,422,463
Denmark5,701,293
European Commission5,564,134
Saudi Arabia5,000,000
Japan4,500,000
Netherlands3,861,825
Russian Federation2,919,750
Australia2,801,121
Belgium2,758,621
Norway2,503,756
Ireland2,074,689
France1,985,194
Spain1,383,126
Finland1,367,989
Italy1,358,696
Luxembourg1,354,883
China1,000,000
UN Common Funds and Agencies (excl CERF)750,000
Private Donors711,614
Austria546,451
Bulgaria138,738
Hungary40,706
Faroe Islands33,328
Andorra7,385
Threats to food security
  • High food prices
  • Political instability
  • Population displacement
  • Influx of refugees
  • Droughts
  • Subsistence farming and herdin