BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of €3.2 million (US$3.5) from the Government of France today for its cash assistance programme supporting families affected by conflict in Iraq.
“This new French contribution is in response to the urgent need for food assistance among Iraqi families who have recently been displaced by ongoing conflict,” said Bruno Aubert, Ambassador of France to Iraq. “The Government of France is keen to support people in need who are living in harsh conditions.”
WFP will use this contribution to support more than 200,000 displaced Iraqis through SCOPE, WFP’s electronic platform for humanitarian assistance. Each family member will receive around €15 per month (US$17) to buy the food of their choice and other basic supplies from local shops.
“This generous contribution from France will help put food on the tables of thousands of Iraqi families whose lives have been turned upside down due to violent conflict,” said Sally Haydock, WFP’s Representative in Iraq. “Cash-based assistance empowers people and stimulates economic activity. Wherever possible, WFP aims to support people in need while boosting the Iraqi economy.”
Since 2014, France has supported WFP in Iraq with €12 million (US$13.7), contributing to a significant increase in food assistance for the most vulnerable Iraqis.
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