Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
ANKARA – The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme reached 250,000 this week. The EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) supports the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey with a debit card to cover basic needs such as food, rent, medicine, fuel for heating and warm clothing for winter.
BUJUMBURA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of €5 million from the European Union (EU) to support the Home Grown School Feeding project and boost the nutrition of 20,000 children, mothers and pregnant women in central Burundi.
YANGON – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched the first pilot programme using mobile cash transfers for humanitarian assistance in Myanmar. Between 27 February and 1 March, 112 conflict-affected internally displaced families in three camps in Myitkyina Township of Kachin State received a monthly electronic credit allocation of MMK 9,000 (US$ 7 ) per person for vulnerable households and MMK 13,000 (US$ 10) per person for the most vulnerable households on their phone to be used at local shops. The recipients had previously received this amount in banknotes.
DUBAI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently distributed 68,000 ready-to-eat meals to Syrian refugees living in Jordan’s Azraq camp, thanks to a donation from WFP’s partner the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) of Dubai Government through its halal food relief programme, Salma.
CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of more than US$15 million from the Government of Japan that will support almost six million people affected by the ongoing crisis inside Syria and neighbouring countries.
DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provided life-saving emergency food assistance in 2016 to vulnerable families affected by the conflict in Syria thanks in part to contributions from the European Union (EU).
CLARK, PAMPANGA – The Philippine Government’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), together with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has conducted a simulation exercise from 27 February to 3 March 2017 to practice emergency logistics response during disasters.
TUNIS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$700,000 from the Government of Japan that will provide vital food assistance to tens of thousands of Libyans affected by ongoing conflict since 2011.