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USAID’s Food For Peace Provides US$41 Million To Help WFP Support Displaced Families In Iraq

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Iraq has welcomed a contribution of US$41 million from the Government of the United States to provide vital food assistance for over 1.3 million displaced Iraqis.

The contribution from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP) will allow WFP to provide family food rations for more than one million people for two and a half months, in addition to food vouchers for 370,000 people for one month. Immediate response rations will be provided to as many as 140,000 people for three months.

WFP distributes immediate response rations - canned food items - that last for three days, to displaced families on the move and family food rations to families who have settled in locations with cooking facilities. The rations contain wheat flour, rice, cooking oil and sugar, while food vouchers are given to those living in areas with access to functioning food markets.

“I am delighted that the United States remains committed to working with WFP to deliver food assistance to Iraq’s most vulnerable populations,” said Jane Pearce, Representative and Country Director of WFP in Iraq. “This generous and timely contribution from USAID’s FFP will help mitigate the suffering of many, as humanitarian needs outpace available resources.”

Since January 2014, the conflict in Iraq has triggered mass waves of displacement of more than 3.4 million Iraqis. WFP is currently reaching 1.5 million displaced people each month with food assistance.

Since the start of the conflict in 2014, USAID has contributed a total of US$88.6 million to WFP’s emergency operation in Iraq. To maintain its food assistance over the next six months for displaced Iraqis in need, WFP requires US$44.5 million until September 2016.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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