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WFP Iraq Country Brief, January 2017

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  • Since the beginning of efforts by Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) to retake Mosul on 17 October 2016, WFP has provided assistance to an additional 1 million people, over and above the 1 million already being assisted.

  • WFP will faces a serious funding constraints in April, when operations to retake western Mosul may still be ongoing. USD 67 million is needed to continue supporting Iraqi IDPs for the next six months.

  • In western Mosul, basic staples such as wheat and rice are available, though at high prices. Onions are reportedly eight times more expensive and sugar is five times more expensive in western Mosul than in eastern Mosul.

Operational Updates

  • In January 2017, 1.3 million Iraqis received Family Food Rations from WFP in all 18 governorates of the country. An additional 330,000 people received cash or e-vouchers and 310,000 received ready-to-eat Immediate Response Rations.

  • Over 53,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq received WFP assistance through the SCOPE platform in January 2017. As of January 2017, all those being assisted receive USD 19 (IQD 22,000) per person, per month.

  • Since the beginning of ISF efforts to retake Mosul from ISIL on 17 October 2016, WFP has provided assistance to 1 million people, over and above the 1 million already being assisted throughout Iraq. In partnership with UNICEF and UNFPA, WFP has worked with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to distribute coordinated emergency assistance. From 01 March, WFP will be distributing one IRR per family to those affected by fighting in and around Mosul, with FFRs being provided where the Public Distribution System is not yet functioning.

  • The January mobile monitoring (mVAM) bulletin found that certain food prices in eastern Mosul are lower than in Erbil. In western Mosul, basic staples such as wheat and rice are available, though at high prices.
    Onions are reportedly eight times more expensive and sugar is five times more expensive in western Mosul than in eastern Mosul. There is limited fuel in western Mosul, limiting families’ capacity to heat their homes and to cook.

  • The town of Tal Afar remains under the control of ISIL and inaccessible to humanitarian organisations.
    Through mobile monitoring, WFP has found that food security has worsened in recent months. The proportion of households with adequate food consumption, meaning the quality and quantity of food eaten, has decreased. Meanwhile, usage of negative coping strategies also increased in recent months, which shows that some families are having to make sacrifices to avoid going hungry.

Challenges

  • After a temporary reduction in entitlements in January 2017, WFP was able to restore full entitlements in time for February distributions. This restoration was thanks to solid donor pledges, the allocation of flexible funds and WFP's internal advance financing mechanisms. Without additional contributions, full entitlements can be maintained for displaced people from Mosul through to June, while entitlements for all other beneficiaries in Iraq would be reduced by 50 percent in April, when operations to retake western Mosul may still be ongoing. USD 67 million is needed to continue supporting Iraqi IDPs for the next six months.