Responding to extreme food insecurity in Syria

Emergency Food Assistance
Syria Emergency Food Assistance Project
Implementing Partner: Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue
Lead Member: Mennonite Central Committee Canada
People Served: 28,600
Budget: $4,431,000
Timeline: April 2023 – March 2024

Mennonite Central Committee Canada is supporting the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue (FDCD) with a twelve-month humanitarian response project in Qalamoun, Homs, Hama, Damascus and Sweida, Syria.

More than twelve years since the conflict in Syria began, the number of Syrians at risk of hunger has reached record-high levels. An estimated 12.4 million people, about 60% of Syria’s population, suffer from food insecurity. More recently, rationed grain because of the war in Ukraine and high inflation have further increased families’ food needs and hindered their ability to cope with soaring prices.

As a result, FDCD will provide food in-kind transfers to the 5,200 most vulnerable households (28,600 individuals) in five target locations. The monthly food basket, which represents a 38% ration, will consist of rice, bulgar, macaroni, lentils, tomato paste, canned chicken, tea, sugar, sesame seeds and oil. The volume of each basket will be different depending on the household size.

In total, the project will provide 2,101 mt. of food over the 12-month project. There will also be a three-month cash assistance feasibility pilot for 200 households built into the final three months of the project. Each household will receive C$67 per month.

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