World Food Programme (WFP) on food insecurity:

Palestine, 17-18 June 2013

A third of all households in Palestine, or 1.6 million people, struggle to feed their families, falling into the “food insecure” category and numbers are rising. 

A joint UN survey carried out by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, WFP, UNRWA and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), found that in 2012, 34 percent of households in Palestine were food insecure, up from 27 percent in 2011. Contributing factors include high unemployment rates, stagnant economic growth, the financial problems of the Palestinian Authority, the continued Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza.

WFP reaches approximately 650,000 food-insecure, non-refugee, households in Palestine with programmes including distributions of food and electronic vouchers.

Vouchers can be redeemed to buy olive oil, salt and other groceries, most of which are produced locally in Palestine. 

In the past three years WFP has injected more than US$100 million into the Palestinian economy through local purchase and the redemption of electronic food vouchers. This investment supports local businesses and generates employment.

Top Photo: Rasmeya Mohamed Abu Eram has just made some bread using WFP flour, she still has some flour on her hands. Rasmeya is 67 has a family of 24 Sons and grand sons she lived here in Jimba and the close by city Yatta all her life they have 250 ships and they sell dairy products.

Middle Photo: Each voucher in the West Bank provides USD 13 per month per person; beneficiaries can use it to buy bread, cereals, milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs, pulse,s tuna, tahina and salt. In particular, olive oil produced in Palestina is one of the new items that they can buy. The voucher programme benefitted 116,000 beneficiaries in 2012 and WFP plans to reach 146,000 individuals in 2013.

Bottom Photo: UNRWA staff distributing WFP Food to palestinians in South Hebron hill area, in the West Bank next to village of Jinba; people here receive a 3 months ration.

Photo: WFP/Marco Frattini

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