GERMANY PROVIDES €28 MILLION TO SUPPORT WFP CASH ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME FOR CONFLICT-AFFECTED IRAQIS

Bild vergrößern Iraq, Eastern Mosul, 03 May 2017 As markets in eastern Mosul have quickly rebounded, following the retaking of neighbourhoods from ISIL by the Iraqi Security Forces, WFP is exploring partnerships to provide cash assistance through a multi-wallet solution. WFP has found that markets in eastern Mosul have a wide range of available food with enough to cover increased demand without increasing prices. In the photo: a beneficiary shows an SMS she received on her mobile phone outlining the amount of cash assistance she is entitled to receive from WFP. Photo: WFP/Carlos Munoz (© Photo: WFP/Carlos Munoz)

WFP News Release

 19 June 2017 

 BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a generous contribution of 28 million from the German Government, which will support food assistance to 275,000 displaced Iraqis in four governorates across the country.

 

“Germany highly appreciates WFP’s efforts to address the most vulnerable people in Iraq who are in dire need of life-saving assistance,” said Franz-Josef Kremp, German Ambassador to Iraq. “This contribution will help WFP address hunger in places where there is food on the market but people affected by the conflict cannot afford to buy it.”

 

With this contribution, WFP will continue to leverage the rapidly growing technologies and financial services in in Iraq such as mobile money to increase the scale and reach of cash-based transfer operations to serve vulnerable Iraqis. Every month, households receive a monthly electronic credit allocation of around €15 per family member to buy the nutritious foods of their choice from local shops.  Nearly 74,000 women and more than 128,000 children under the age of five will be assisted through this programme.

 

“On behalf of the Iraqi people whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict, we thank the German Government for this very significant contribution,” said WFP Representative Sally Haydock. “We deliver cash assistance, so that the people we serve benefit from greater choice, more balanced diets, and higher purchasing power.” 

 

Germany is one of WFP’s most important humanitarian partners. Since 2014, Germany has supported WFP in Iraq with €84 million, enabling a significant increase in food assistance for the most vulnerable Iraqis through ready-to-eat meals, monthly family food rations and cash-based transfers.

 

 

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.