The humanitarian situation in Syria remains catastrophic. More than 13 million people, including six million children, need help there. In the entire region, over 22 million people rely on assistance. The fight against hunger and this region in particular are among the focuses of Germany’s engagement in humanitarian assistance.
Marking today’s World Food Day, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office commented, “Today’s World Food Day should spur us on to increase our efforts to ensure that the right to food is realised and the basic human need for sufficient food met around the world – no-one should suffer hunger.”
WFP assistance in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan
The World Food Programme (WFP), with the support of Germany, helps people in need in Syria as well as in Syria’s neighbours in many different ways.
•Within Syria, the WFP distributes urgently needed food to those experiencing hardship in many parts of the country, even reaching remote areas. A portion of this assistance is provided from across the Turkish border, for example in the Idlib region. All in all, the WFP reaches around three million people in Syria.
•In Lebanon, the WFP has embarked on an innovative way of helping people who have fled from Syria. Syrian refugees receive cash instead of aid supplies and services via various systems, such as food e-cards. This enables them to decide for themselves how to use this money to meet their basic needs, such as food, hygiene or shelter.
•In Jordan, the WFP provides Syrian refugees with cash or vouchers to buy food. Those in need have the choice between the two options and can thus make their own decision on what kind of help is better for them.
What is Germany doing?
Germany supports the WFP in its crucial work both politically and financially. On 10 October, Foreign Minister Maas pledged an additional sum of 186 million euros for Syria and the region to the WFP Executive Director David Beasley. German support for emergency assistance in this region will thus total 286 million euros in 2018.
Food assistance is one of the focuses of Germany’s humanitarian aid efforts: last year, the Federal Foreign Office provided some 700 million euros to projects that address hunger and malnutrition around the world. Furthermore, Germany is contributing to the development of instruments which enable us to provide humanitarian assistance at the earliest possible stage before a drought leads to famine.