DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Program welcomes a €9 million contribution from the European Union (EU) to support the scale-up of cash assistance to around 375,000 vulnerable and distressed Syrians. food insecure who are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
The EU’s continued support for the scaling up of cash assistance across Syria is more vital than ever. After years of devastating economic downturn, sky-high food prices and fuel shortages, food security is expected to deteriorate further due to the impact of the crisis in Ukraine. In March, food prices in Syria rose 24% in just one month, following an 800% increase over the past two years. This pushed food prices to their highest level since 2013.
“After 11 years of crisis, the deterioration of the economy and the war in Ukraine are the last straw for many Syrian families who have managed to cope so far”, says the European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic. “In Syria, more than one in two people suffer from food insecurity and millions of people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The EU is committed to continuing to assist vulnerable Syrians, including by providing them with cash assistance, which is the most effective and dignified way to do so.”
Cash transfers such as those supported by EU humanitarian funding offer a lifeline to families facing multiple threats to their health and well-being in Syria.
“In a time of unprecedented need like this, cash assistance not only represents a lifeline for thousands of people, but also offers them the choice and flexibility to best meet their needs based on of their priorities,” said WFP’s acting country director, Ross Smith. .
An estimated 14.6 million people are in need of assistance in Syria, which equates to an increase of 1.2 million people compared to 2021. In addition, one in eight children in Syria is stunted. growth, while pregnant and breastfeeding women show record levels of acute wasting, posing devastating health consequences for generations to come. In this context, it is estimated that 12 million people, or 55% of the entire population, are in a situation of food insecurity.
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. EU funding is helping Syrian families access vital food and rebuild their lives.
The United Nations World Food Program is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food aid to chart a path to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering. of conflict, disaster and the impact of climate change.