WFP Palestine Country Brief, October 2019

Situation Report
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In Numbers

299,531 people assisted
in October 2019
US$ 2.6 m cash-based transfers made 885 mt of food distributed
21.1US$ m six months (Dec. 2019 – May 2020) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

• In October, WFP assisted 230,859 and 68,672 poor food- insecure people in Gaza and the West Bank respectively, predominantly through electronic food vouchers but also through in-kind food parcels. WFP’s food assistance is a fundamental safety net that prevents poor households from falling into deeper poverty and food insecurity.

• WFP celebrated the World Food Day “Feed My Life, Change my Future” in Gaza in collaboration with UNICEF with a focus on children’s right for adequate and healthy food. Chef John-Gregory Smith from the UK and Palestinian cooking books author Laila El-Haddad participated in cooking workshops for families which showcased their passion for Gaza’s rich traditional food.

• WFP is working with the Ramallah-based Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD) on a participatory gender analysis which aims at facilitating the development of a gender-transformative strategy for WFP in Palestine. The results of the analysis will inform the specific needs, interests, priorities, vulnerabilities and capacities of women, men, girls and boys in Palestine to be mainstreamed in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of WFP activities that are effective, efficient and empowering.

• WFP is involved in the implementation of the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) Action Plan on Protection from Sexual Exploition and Abuse. The action plan is a consultative process, bringing in specialized UN agencies, the government, INGOs, civil society and the local communities. Raising awareness on rights and complaints mechanism and the provision of victim assistance are among the key pillars of the action plan. WFP is leading the raising awareness activities.

• WFP and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) continue working on a Barrier Analysis of infant and young child feeding and maternal nutrition behaviours in Gaza. A WFP Social Behaviour Change and Communication consultant delivered trainings to staff from WFP and stakeholders on data collection and in- depth interviews. Findings of the analysis will inform the design of a multi-sectoral and multi-year action plan that links together prevention, preparedness and response to address gaps and improve the food security, health and nutrition condition of the poorest communities.