CERF-funded Project

Syrian Arab Republic

Emergency food support for those affected by conflict in North West Syria (20-RR-WFP-008)

Project overview

WFP through its network of eight cooperating partners operating inside North West Syria will provide emergency food assistance targeted at IDPs that have either displaced once or multiple times. With CERF funds WFP anticipates being able to procure and replenish, enough RTEs to cover four rounds of distribution for some 420,000 people and forms the basis for the table below. Worth noting is that WFP has planned to provide up to four rounds of RTEs for those that have displaced especially depending on how the conflict develops as outlined in the released North West Syria Preparedness and Response Plan, meaning less people could be reached depending on the situation on the ground. Unlike WFP’s general food assistance (GFA) programme in North West Syria that targets about 1.1 million people a month with dry food rations that provide 2,100 kcals. Under the GFA programme beneficiaries are assessed through the beneficiary selection tool the same assessment protocols cannot hold in the current displacement context. WFP instead has decided to implement a ‘no regrets policy’ for the distribution of RTEs. This means that whoever is fleeing and on the move is entitled to emergency food assistance without having to go through a rapid food security assessment of their level of food insecurity. Instead, Cooperating Partners conduct a rapid interview on the ground to establish needs. By adopting this approach, WFP can provide emergency assistance at scale and help ensure that no one falls through the cracks in receiving life-saving assistance. This ‘no regrets’ blanket distribution of emergency food assistance approach supports protection by ensuring that all those impacted by the intense conflict have access to urgent humanitarian assistance and that civilians do not risk being excluded when others are receiving, helping to mitigate tensions among the affected population. The approach of WFP’s cooperating partners to go where the people are moving also offers mitigation against protection risks often identified in accessing humanitarian assistance, such as movement restriction due to reasons such as security or an inability to access assistance due to a lack of transport or no income to pay for transport.