Thursday, 24 November 2016 03:00

WFP follows frontlines providing food to families affected by Mosul Offensive

ERBIL, 24 November 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) continues to follow frontlines in Mosul delivering life-saving food assistance to families in newly retaken areas where access to food and functioning markets remains challenging and to those living in camps for displaced people.

"Access to civilians in the retaken areas is increasingly challenging particularly where fighting is on-going, " said Sally Haydock, WFP Country Director in Iraq. “We are doing everything we can to make sure we reach every person affected by the events in Mosul no matter where they are, as they continue to endure unthinkable hardship, “ she added.

• Since the onset of the Mosul city offensive in October, WFP and partners have provided ready-to-eat food to more than 196,000 people affected by the conflict. This includes families at screening centers, those who have been displaced to the newly established camps or those who have chosen to remain in their homes inside the retaken areas.

• WFP distributes monthly food rations to people once they are settled in camps or have access to cooking facilities as well as to families who are able to remain in their homes but still require food assistance. Each food ration provides a family of five with a one-month supply of staple foods including rice, chickpeas, wheat flour, sugar, salt and cooking oil. To date, WFP has reached over 137,000 people with monthly food supplies.

• Thanks to generous donor support, WFP has enough stocks of ready-to-eat food for all families affected by ongoing fighting in Mosul and enough food rations to assist one million people on a monthly basis for three months.

• Once access to a newly retaken area is permitted, food security assessments are conducted to ensure the best form of assistance is provided to those in need. In a recent assessment conducted with 114 families in a retaken village located to the east of Mosul city, families reported lack of employment and rise in food prices as their main concerns. As a result of the assessment, 5,000 families received immediate ready-to-eat food assistance; the need for future livelihood activities and employment generation schemes was emphasized.

• Led by WFP, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) in Iraq is providing lifesaving radio and Internet connectivity services to humanitarian responders in Qayyarah, south of Mosul. These services ensure the safety and security of staff and allow humanitarians to work and access vital information, enabling them to better support the thousands of IDPs fleeing to Qayyarah from Mosul.

• Through the logistics cluster, WFP leads and coordinates preparedness and planning aimed at addressing logistics challenges such as storage capacity and restriction of movement in hard-to-reach areas across Iraq. These efforts help enhance logistics services, information sharing and responsiveness of humanitarian actors towards the needs of affected people.

• More than 3.1 million Iraqis have been displaced by conflict since June 2014. In coordination with the Iraqi government, WFP continued to reach 1.2 million displaced Iraqis in all 18 governorates through its cash assistance programme and monthly family rations in October 2016.

• As part of WFP’s regional emergency operation to assist Syrian refugees who fled conflict, WFP supports more than 50,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees in Iraq who cannot meet their food needs without external support through electronic food SCOPE cards, which offer families the choice to decide what they buy and eat.


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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

For more information please contact (email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ):
IngerMarie Vennize, WFP/ Iraq, Tel. +964 780 915 0937
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2010 66634352
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 842 8057
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1 646 5566909, Mob. +1 646 525 9982
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 6531149, Mob. +1 202 7705993

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