One year after the Beirut attacks, WFP helps more people than ever in Lebanon – Lebanon
BEIRUT – A year after the deadly explosions that rocked Beirut and after months of economic crisis that plunged millions of people across Lebanon into poverty, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is now supporting one person in six in the country, more than at any time in its history.
With half of the Lebanese population and almost the entire Syrian refugee population classified as living in severe poverty, WFP continues to scale up its assistance to reach 1.4 million people in the country with food assistance and cash.
âThe explosion in the Port of Beirut is not just the memory of something that happened a year ago. It is a reality that still haunts the Lebanese people in all aspects of their life, âsaid Abdallah Alwardat, WFP representative and country director in Lebanon. âOver the past year, I have met families who, before the explosion, lived comfortably and now worry about basic necessities such as food, rent and medicine.
The economic and political crises in Lebanon have seen families lose their homes and jobs, so that many are now unable to buy enough food for themselves. In the year following the explosions in the port of Beirut, the Lebanese currency plunged to a fifteenth of its previous value and inflation put food out of reach for much of the population.
The price of the WFP food basket – a collection of staple foods including oil and lentils – has quintupled since the onset of the crisis in October 2019. More than 90 percent of Syrian refugees and nearly half of Syrian refugees The Lebanese are currently food insecure.
Immediately after the Beirut explosion last year, WFP distributed food parcels to 11,000 people and supported communal kitchens through local partners and NGOs. WFP also imported 12,500 tonnes of wheat flour into Lebanon to strengthen food security in the country. In the weeks that followed, 90,000 people received cash assistance.
WFP also provided support to more than 200 businesses reeling from the devastating impact of the Beirut explosion, including 53 women-owned businesses. They were given the resources to cover workers’ wages, repair damage, make repairs, purchase new equipment, and restock products and raw materials.
Created after the explosion in the Port of Beirut, the WFP Lebanon Food System Grant Fund (FSGF) is an innovative new tool to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) affected by crises across the country. Lebanese food system. These companies play a key role in supporting food security in Lebanon. They include grocery stores, butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable stores, cafes, home food services and restaurants.
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Contact or more information please contact (email address: [email protected]):
Rasha AbouDargham, WFP / Lebanon, Mob. +961 76 320 761
Abeer Etefa PAM / Cairo, Mob. +20 106 6663 4352
Martin Penner, PAM / Rome, Mob. +39 345 6142074
Tomson Phiri, PAM / Geneva, Mob. +41 79 842 8057
Jane Howard, PAM / London, Tel. +44 (0) 20 3857 7413, Tel. +44 (0) 796 8008 474
Martin Rentsch, PAM / Berlin, Tel +49 (0) 30 206 1 4929, Mob +49 160 99 26 17 30
Shaza Moghraby, PAM / New York, Mob. + 1 929 289 9867
Steve Taravella, PAM / Washington, Mob. +1 202 770 5993