In March 2014, WFP and its partners reached approximately 682,127 beneficiaries through either e-cards (for registered refugees) or food parcels (for newly arrived refugees). As a result, WFP injected over US$19 million into the Lebanese economy in March alone. In parallel, other Food Security Sector partners reached 26,235 registered and newly arrived beneficiaries through other food vouchers and food parcels. Food sector partners continued with their monitoring efforts, with WFP and its cooperating partners particularly focusing on shop monitoring and adding more shops in refugee locations. In view of the escalating violence within Syria and spilling over in border areas, all the missions planned to Arsal (northern Bekaa Valley) – inclusive of monitoring activities, assessments and training - were temporarily cancelled in mid-March following several security incidents in the area.
FAO Lebanon's DFID-funded livestock vaccination programme, that included joint training workshops on improving the trans-boundary diseases (TADs) surveillance system in Lebanon, also continued in March.