• Publication date: July 16, 2014

Food Assistance In Ramadan: Maintaining Tradition During The Holy Month

Ninety-six percent of WFP’s beneficiaries in the region receive voucher assistance, over two thirds of which are assisted through e-cards.
Vulnerable families in Jordan and Lebanon to break fast with Saudi dates thanks to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s generous 4,000 metric tonnes donation of dates to WFP for distribution in Jordan and Lebanon. Dates are a culturally significant commodity during the Holy Month and are traditionally used to break one’s fast

Ninety-six percent of WFP’s beneficiaries in the region receive voucher assistance, over two thirds of which are assisted through e-cards.

Vulnerable families in Jordan and Lebanon to break fast with Saudi dates thanks to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s generous 4,000 metric tonnes donation of dates to WFP for distribution in Jordan and Lebanon. Dates are a culturally significant commodity during the Holy Month and are traditionally used to break one’s fast.

Syria:

No food assistance reaches Syria’s Al-Hasakeh in June, as humanitarian situation worsens in the governorate, while widespread fighting in neighbouring governorates continues to block access routes, preventing the humanitarian community from providing sustained and adequate levels of assistance to the governorate for the past year. As a result, none of the allocated WFP assistance reached the governorate in June, leaving a targeted 227,000 people without much needed food.

 WFP provides assistance to 46 percent of Ar-Raqqa’s caseload for the first time in months. However, successful negotiations between partners, local authorities and armed groups controlling access routes resulted in 26,321 family food rations entering the governorate during the first half of the month, providing sufficient assistance for over 131, 000 vulnerable individuals in the governorate. These breakthroughs enabled WFP to fulfill 46 percent of its monthly plan in the governorate by 12 June, a result which had not been achieved since October 2013, when Ar-Raqqa was last accessible in a regular and sustained way.

In Rural Damascus, the villages of Khan Danoun, Khiarah, Al-Thawra, Ein Al-Baid, Mqailiba, Al-Tayba and Zakia have witnessed increasing levels of fighting in the past four weeks, displacing over 15,000 people the past month.

LEBANON:

 Through its cooperating partners, WFP has thus far attained 92 percent of its operational plan for June, reaching over 762,000 beneficiaries through e-cards (98 percent) and food parcels (2 percent). The deteriorating security situation in North Bekaa has led to the postponement of some food parcel distributions and monitoring activities in the region. Despite these delays, WFP plans to complete all activities by the end of the month.

JORDAN:

During an Inter-Agency Task Force meeting on 12 June, humanitarian actors in Jordan agreed to reduce planning figures from 800,000 refugees to 700,000 - 150,000 refugees in camps and 550,000 in communities. WFP has revised all planning figures and budgets accordingly, and will target —through vulnerability targeting— 645,000 refugees with food assistance by the end of 2014, down from 710,000 refugees. Vulnerability targeting is planned to commence at the end of Ramadan.

As part of the e-card programme roll-out, WFP has completed e-card distributions in Mafraq - the governorate with the third highest concentration of non-camp Syrian refugees in Jordan – and began distributions in the Qwaismeh district of Amman and in Madaba on 22 June. With the addition of UNOPS staff, WFP has increased the daily caseload to around 500 households per day per distribution, reaching around 30,000 households monthly. As a result, WFP expects to finish the rollout by the end of next month.

TURKEY:

According to Turkish officials, the number of Syrians taking refuge in Turkey has surpassed one million with the possibility if another influx of refugees due to the rapidly-changing situation in neighbouring Iraq.

WFP and the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) expanded the e-food programme at the beginning of June to cover 100 percent of the population for which the Government of Turkey requested assistance, totalling 217,000 Syrians in 21 camps.

IRAQ:

 Assistance to Syrian refugees continues amid growing insecurity as an attack by ISIL forces across northern and eastern Iraq has led to a surge of IDPs entering the Kurdistan Region, with an estimated 300,000 people fleeing to Kurdistan from Mosul alone. As displaced families find refuge in towns and cities across Kurdistan, there is mounting pressure on host communities hosting already hosting over 120,000 Syrian refugees.

EGYPT:

 During this month WFP is targeting around 114,700 beneficiaries, including some 4,500 Palestinian Refugees from Syria. Over half of this caseload, around 68,000 beneficiaries, have received e-cards which have already been remotely uploaded and can be redeemed until 3 July.