WFP Palestine Country Brief, September 2018


In Numbers

US$ 2.7 m cash-based transfers made
US$ 19.9 m six months (October 2018 - March 2019) net funding requirements
290,107 people assisted in September 2018

Operational Updates

• In September, WFP assisted 290,107 of the poorest and most food insecure people: 217,647 people in Gaza and 72,460 people in the West Bank with food and cash-based transfers (CBT). WFP’s food assistance enables poor households to meet a share of their daily food needs and alleviates the decline in their purchasing power. It is a fundamental safety net that keeps them from falling into deeper poverty, as well as a critical form of economic transfer allowing families to spend their meagre resources on other essentials.

• WFP was able to sustain its operations in Gaza and the West Bank through multilateral funding and an emergency loan allocated by WFP’s Headquarters from flexible donors. Should the gap between available resources and food security needs continue to widen, WFP will be forced to significantly downsize its operations in 2019.

• Since the beginning of the year in Gaza, WFP gradually scaled-up its CBT response, now distributing its assistance to around 210,000 people through local retail shops, with a view to support an ailing economy and have greater impact on people's food security status. Since July, WFP’s voucher recipients account for 85 percent of all assisted families, compared to 35 percent at the beginning of the year.

• WFP is currently in the process of expanding the number of participating shops to provide greater freedom of choice, boost the buying power and improve the capacity of households to meet their daily food and dietary diversity needs. The enrollment of additional retail outlets is expected to generate further positive spill-over effects on the local economy.

• Under the lead- assessment of OCHA, WFP distributed emergency food voucher assistance to 4 Palestinian families (14 people) living in East-Jerusalem (Beit Hanina, Anata) following the destruction of their houses. Each family received around USD 100. Since the beginning of the year, WFP provided CBT assistance worth USD 1,520 to a total of 19 households (102 beneficiaries) affected by the demolitions and confiscations of their properties and livelihood-related structures in Area C and East-Jerusalem.