WFP Syria Country Brief, January 2017



  • WFP delivered food assistance for 3.6 million people. In total, 27 percent of the assistance was delivered to high-conflict areas through cross-border, crossline and air deliveries.

  • Airdrops resumed following a two week suspension as a result of increased violence in and around Deir Ezzor city.

  • Peace talks organized by Russia, Turkey and Iran took place in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

  • WFP Syria is preparing for the Integrated Road Map and is carrying out the preliminary work for the Interim Country Strategic Plan.

  • Funding is urgently needed for the new PRRO in order to avoid any gaps in coverage.

Operational Updates

  • WFP provided food assistance for 3.6 million people in 13 out of the 14 Syrian governorates in January. Of these, 686,565 people in opposition-held areas of Dar’a, Quneitra, Aleppo, Idleb and Hama governorates were reached with food assistance by cross-border partners operating from Turkey and Jordan. Furthermore, interagency convoys accessed both east and west Moadamiyeh in Rural Damascus, delivering food assistance for 65,000 people (25,000 people in east Moadamiyeh and 40,000 people in west Moadamiyeh, formerly under opposition control). WFP also delivered date bars for 8,000 children along with nutrition products. West Moadamiyeh had been under siege for over four years until a truce agreement came into effect in November 2016. Prior to this delivery,
    WFP had last reached western Moadamiyeh with food assistance in October last year.

  • Air operations to Deir Ezzor city and Al-Hasakeh governorate continued during the reporting period.
    However, airdrops were suspended for two weeks during the reporting period due to increased fighting around the city and the drop zone. At the end of the month, the second aircraft deployed for Al-Hasakeh was discontinued and the Logistics Cluster is therefore operating the airlifts with one plane, two rotations per day.

  • Peace talks took place in Astana, Kazakhstan during January. The talks were organized by Russia, Turkey and Iran and were attended by both government and opposition groups. The UN Special Envoy for Syria attended and the US had an observer present at the talks. An agreement was reached to continue supporting the cessation of hostilities that started on 31 December. Additional technical talks took place in early February.

  • Almost 82,000 are estimated to have returned to the formerly besieged part of eastern Aleppo city (EAC) since late December. WFP has provided ready-to-eat parcels to 59,000 people, and is supporting four communal kitchens with bulk food in order to provide cooked meals every day to 40,000 people in EAC. In addition, through bakeries in the western part of the city, WFP and partners are baking and distributing bread bundles for 80,000 people in EAC every day. Since access resumed, WFP and partners have set up ten new distribution points in EAC and are registering returnees to include them in the monthly general food assistance programme. The existing FDPs have the capacity to assist up to 140,000 people, and new ones might be set up in the coming weeks to further increase the distribution capacity, as people continue to return to their homes in the formerly besieged area.

  • WFP Syria will transition to an Interim Country Strategic Plan (ICSP) as of 1 January 2018 and work is currently ongoing to prepare for the transition. The ICSP will be mapped to the activities and priorities outlined in the PRRO for 2018.