Italy Contributes €1 Million To Help WFP Support Conflict-Affected People In Libya

Published on 18 April 2016

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of €1 million from the Government of Italy to provide much-needed food assistance for vulnerable people affected by the ongoing conflict in Libya.

This timely contribution will allow WFP to provide family food rations for more than 80,000 people in Libya for one month. Each ration is large enough to feed a family of five people for one month and contains basic food items such as rice, pasta, chickpeas, wheat flour, vegetable oil, tomato paste and sugar.

“WFP is very grateful to the Government of Italy for its commitment to support affected households and communities across Libya,” said Carlo Scaramella WFP Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.  

In 2016, WFP plans to assist up to 210,000 of the most vulnerable people in Libya with life-saving food assistance, including displaced Libyans, host communities, and registered refugees and asylum seekers.

“The conflict in Libya continues to cause large population displacements in the country and is consequently increasing humanitarian needs,” said Wagdi Othman, WFP Country Director for Libya.

Alongside Italy’s support, WFP is grateful to other donors including the UN CERF, Canada and all those who contribute flexible funds. However, to continue its life-saving food assistance to tens of thousands of Libyans in desperate need until the end of the year, WFP immediately requires US$15.4 million.  
 
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