A WFP food distribution at Ras Jedir on the Tunisian-Libyan border. (Copyright: WFP/Sofiane Essayem)
WFP is stepping up provision of food to hungry people crossing Libya's borders, while at the same time working to coordinate and strengthen logistics and telecoms for the humanitarian community as a whole.
CAIRO – WFP has stepped up provision of food to hungry people crossing Libya’s borders, while bringing in portable warehouses and office equipment in order to be ready should greater needs emerge in the region. Read operational update
So far, WFP has moved more than 1,500 metric tons of food into Eastern Libya – enough to feed more than 100,000 people for a month -- and pre-positioned more than 6,000 metric tons of food in emergency supplies.
The UN food agency is leading the provision of hot meals in Choucha camp on the Tunisian-Libyan border with two full kitchens operational and the capacity to provide up to 25,000 meals daily.
Fleeing from Libya
Mai and her family are among thousands camping out in tents on Tunisia's border with Libya, waiting to go home. Read more
Benjamin, a 23-year-old Ghanaian plaster worker, is among tens of thousands of foreigners who fled Libya and now wait at a Tunisian transit camp for a flight home. Read more
On the Libyan-Egyptian border, more than 16,000 people have so far received emergency food rations from WFP, which has complemented food distributions by NGOs and local community groups. Plans are under way to provide hot meals for people stranded there.
Meanwhile, WFP is also providing an average of 4,000 hot meals daily at Djerba Airport in Tunisia in cooperation with the UK- based non-governmental organization, Muslim Hands. The meals go to passengers moving from the border area and awaiting flights to their home countries.
These operations are part of a US$39.2 million emergency programme which aims to provide food to more than one million people (1,060,000) in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia over a 3-month period.
Meanwhile, WFP is using its logistics muscle in support of the wider humanitarian operations in the region. It has deployed experts on the ground to coordinate and strengthen logistics and telecommunications for the humanitarian community as part of Special Operations costing US$4 million.
On Monday six prefabricated warehouses and six mobile offices were airlifted from the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Brindisi, Italy, to Alexandria, Egypt. They will be prepositioned in Salloum on the Libyan border as part of contingency planning for establishing logistics hubs inside Libya.
Food Prices in Libya
WFP is concerned about access to food inside Libya. An inter-agency survey, conducted in Choucha camp on the Tunisian-Libyan border, heard reports that food prices in Libya had increased sharply in recent weeks, with the price of flour more than doubling, rice by 88 percent, vegetable oil by 58 percent and bread by over 110 percent. It was also reported that 95 percent of shops in areas like Zawiya, Misrata and Sirte were closed. Find out more about how rising food prices are affecting the world's poor