WFP Syria Country Brief, October 2020

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

52,320 mt of food assistance delivered

US$ 2.2 m in cash-based transfers made

US$ 303.4 m 6-month net funding requirement (November 2020 – April 2021, as of 12 October 2020)

4.7 m people assisted in October 2020 (based on dispatches)

Operational Updates

• In October, WFP delivered food and nutrition assistance to 4.7 million people across its General Food Assistance (GFA), School Feeding, Nutrition, and Livelihoods, Resilience and Social Safety Netsactivities in Syria.

• WFP dispatched GFA to some 4.6 million people across all 14 Syrian governorates. Of this, 29 percent was delivered through the cross-border operation from Turkey to areas of Idlib and western rural Aleppo governorates not accessible from inside Syria.

• As in previous months, all GFA rations distributed in October included one UNICEF-provided bar of soap. WFP also continued to support UNICEF and UNFPA with the provision of hygiene items through WFPs CBT programmes. Hygiene items are also available to beneficiaries of the Livelihoods and Resilience programme receiving CBT.

• Following the re-opening of schools across government-controlled areas in September, WFP resumed the in-school component of its School Feeding activity in October, which was suspended since March 2020.

• Massive wildfires across western Syria affected the coastal governorates of Tartous and Lattakia in October. Reports indicate that extensive areas of forests and farmland were burned completely, with as many as 25,000 people displaced by the fires. In response, WFP provided emergency food assistance through the provision of ready-to-eat rations (RTEs sufficient for 7,500 people in Tartous and 15,000 people in Lattakia.

• Severe fuel shortages continued across the country in October. As the fuel crisis shows no signs of abating, the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection on 19 October increased the price of a litre of subsidised industrial and commercial diesel fuel by 120 percent and increased the price of a litre of 95 octane gasoline further by an additional 24 percent; the second recent price increase.