Food assistance to vulnerable Syrian populations in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey affected by the events in Syria

This operation has been modified as per Budget Revision 16 (see below).

This budget revision (BR 16) to emergency operation (EMOP) 200433, which responds to the regional refugee emergency resulting from the crisis in Syria, will: extend the operation in time, one year from 1 January to 31 December 2016, to permit continued humanitarian response while country-level strategies and successor operation(s) are prepared in line with WFP’s recently initiated “vision 2020” for Syria + Five; decrease the overall number of beneficiaries, through a more restrictive vulnerabilitybased targeting and verification exercises, from a planned 2,103,019 in 2015, to 1,706,150 in 2016, of which 49.7 percent are male and 50.3 percent are female; adjust the value of the transfers provided by WFP, in line with the updated market value of the food basket to be provided in each country; introduce an unrestricted cash modality to complement restricted cash (e-vouchers), beginning in Jordan and Lebanon; integrate gender-sensitive activities to mitigate the impact of the protracted refugee crisis on vulnerable national populations (in Lebanon); integrate gender-sensitive activities to build national capacity to manage crisis and risk (in Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey); expand or introduce support for school meals (in Jordan and Lebanon, respectively); invest in monitoring and evaluation capacities, especially as countries partially transition toward unrestricted cash transfers as a modality; build, compile and share evidence on trends in Syrian refugees’ food security, the economic impact of WFP’s work, the nutrition impact of refugees’ protracted displacement, and value for money of different transfer modalities. This BR will further strengthen WFP’s gender analysis and enable gender sensitive activities design, implementation and monitoring.

The impact on the project budget is: Food requirements increased by 9,049 mt valued at US$ 7.8 million; Voucher budget increased by US$ 432.9 million; Capacity Development & Augmentation (CD&A) budget increased by US$ 1.7 million; Direct support costs (DSC) increased by US$ 32.8 million.

This revision will increase the overall EMOP budget from US$ 2.5 billion to US$ 3.03 billion.

Through EMOP 200433, WFP has responded to the needs of millions of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt, saving lives and protecting livelihoods in a complex operational environment. The response to the Syria crisis is significant for its magnitude, concentration in middle-income countries (MICs), and WFP’s wide-scale use of electronic food vouchers.

All activities under the EMOP align with WFP Strategic Objective 1: save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies, as well as with the inter-agency Regional Refugee and
Resilience Plan (3RP), coordinated by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the various national response plans.