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WFP welcomes new funding from Japan to help maintain lifesaving food assistance to the most vulnerable in Syria – Syrian Arab Republic

The United Nations World Food Program has welcomed a recent $6 million contribution from the Japanese government to support the distribution of food rations to some 250,000 people in dire need of food aid across Syria. This contribution comes at a tipping point in Syria where food accessibility is becoming increasingly difficult following consecutive shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the global food and fuel price crisis and the war in Ukraine. The supply chain disruptions associated with these events, coupled with years of below-average wheat production, have driven up food prices, negatively affecting the 12 million people who are currently food insecure.

Between January and June, food prices increased by 45%. This comes on top of an already 500% rise in food prices over the past two years. As a result, adequate nutrition is now out of reach for most people.

“This contribution from Japan has arrived just in time to support this lifeline for vulnerable families who need us more than ever,” said Ross Smith, WFP’s acting country director in Syria.

WFP will use the Japanese contribution to provide food rations to 250,000 of the most vulnerable people in Syria’s 14 governorates for two months. Along with staples like wheat flour, rice and vegetable oil, these rations will protect these families against further declines in their standard of living.

An estimated 14.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria, an increase of 1.2 million people compared to 2021. In this context, an estimated 12 million people, or 55% of the total population, are in a situation of food insecurity. Subsequently, Syrian families continue to increasingly resort to severe negative coping strategies to meet their basic food needs. These strategies include reducing the number of meals and buying food on credit.

Since 2021, WFP has scaled up its food assistance to reach an average of 5.6 million people each month, but needs continue to outstrip resources. This contribution from the Japanese government is helping Syrian families access vital food and rebuild their lives.