WFP Libya Country Brief January 2017



  • In January 2017, WFP aims to reach 70,000 people in need and plans to incrementally scaleup its food assistance to reach 175,000 individuals on a monthly basis during the fourth quarter of 2017. In order to achieve this, WFP will require USD 24.5 million.

  • In December 2016, WFP provided food assistance through onsite food distributions to 75,804 internally displaced people (IDPs).

Operational Updates

  • EMOP 200925 has now been extended through December 2017 in order to continue providing life-saving food assistance to the most vulnerable groups affected by the ongoing crisis in Libya.

  • In January 2017, with the appropriate funding WFP aims to reach 70,000 people in need and plans to scale up until reaching 175,000 individuals monthly by the last quarter of the year.

  • Since the beginning of the year, WFP has been taking part in the Humanitarian Country Team-wide Cash Working Group, which is exploring the future possibility of integrating cash-based interventions in Libya.


  • While direct access continues to hinder the effectiveness of WFP’s operation in Libya, funding remains the primary constraint. Without additional funding, WFP will have to further reduce the number of people it provides food assistance to, forcing them to increase their use of negative coping mechanisms, including reducing the number of meals, and cutting health and education expenses.

  • A lack of WFP’s presence inside Libya, assessing the population’s needs, levels of food insecurity, and vulnerability continues to prevent timely and needs based assistance.

  • WFP’s in-country cooperating partners are faced with sporadic telecommunication and electricity outages, as well as fuel shortages, limiting their capacity to effectively facilitate WFP assistance.


  • WFP continues to explore options to expand its operational partnership base in order to ensure that as the situation changes, it can send food to hard-to-reach areas that are most critically affected by fighting.

  • WFP determines the most affected people in consultation with local crisis committees and partners. WFP collaborates with the Libya UNCT and the Security Management Team to coordinate its activities with other United Nations agencies, to assess the political and security situation and the resulting impact on operations. Social welfare systems and community networks have eroded since the fighting intensified in July 2014.

  • From January 2016, WFP Libya has strengthened its cooperation with a third party monitoring (TPM) consulting firm, Voluntas, to conduct food distribution monitoring throughout Libya. In October 2016, WFP Libya began remote monitoring through a new partner Crystel Call, based in Amman, Jordan. Crystel Call is conducting remote post-distribution monitoring by calling people targeted for assistance.