The World Food Programme


WFP provides fortified date bars to school children, through its school meals programme. ©WFP/Syria/2018/Hussam Al Saleh.


WFP established its office in Syria in 1964 and has since then provided more than US $500 million worth of development and emergency operations in the country.  WFP’s activities have included assistance to Iraqi refugees in the country, launching the WFP Electronic Voucher System (EVS); support for the Food-Based Education Programming (Food-for-Education) and emergency response to the drought in northeast of Syria in 2008.


To date, the Syria Crisis has left 6.5 million people food insecure and another 4 million at risk of becoming food insecure. Since 2011, WFP has been on the frontlines to deliver food to millions of people who need it. Food commodities are procured from international and regional sources and transported into Syria via WFP’s port operations in the cities of Beirut in Lebanon and Mersin in Turkey. With a view to strengthening the local economy, WFP is increasingly its local procurement of food from Syrian manufacturers.  Every month, WFP uses over 4,000 trucks to deliver emergency food assistance to over 1,500 distribution points across the country to reach around 3 million displaced and affected people. Alongside its emergency food assistance operation, WFP implements activities to promote and restore livelihoods and food security under its long-term resilience-building goal including food assistance for assets (FFA) and food for training (FFT) activities that aim to sustain agricultural production and generate income.


WFP runs a wide-reaching operation covering all of Syria’s 14 governorates, working closely with 39 local and 14 international NGOs. It employs 366 staff members (53 international and 313 national) who operate out of its main office in Damascus, and field offices in Rural Damascus, Aleppo, Al-Qamishli, Tartous and Homs.


Ms. Corinne Fleischer was appointed the Country Director and Representative for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Syria in May 2018.


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