Food Assistance for the Food-Insecure Populations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (Standard Project Report 2016)

In 2016, WFP supported more than half a million poor and food-insecure Palestinians with food and nutritional assistance, with a focus on expanding nutrition education and cash-based transfers, prioritising people with high vulnerability, including households led by women, Palestinians in Gaza and Area C of the West Bank, whilst contributing to sustainable strategic and institutional development. Emphasis was on strengthening the capacity of different national institutions to run efficient targeted food assistance programmes, and enhance their readiness to plan for and respond to emergencies, in close collaboration with United Nations agencies involved in joint inter-cluster efforts.

Under its protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) 200709, of an approved budget of USD 210 million over 2015-2017, WFP has three objectives: 1) meeting urgent food needs and enhancing the food consumption and dietary diversity of the most vulnerable non-refugee populations; 2) supporting livelihoods, fostering early recovery and enhancing the resilience and coping mechanisms of fragile communities in the face of socio-economic hardships; 3) supporting the Palestinian Authority's capacity to deliver cost-effective and protective national safety nets, and strengthening its readiness to respond to external shocks, in collaboration with United Nations agencies.

WFP continued to link its social transfers (both food and vouchers) to local production, using its purchasing power as a means of fostering agricultural development and connecting small-scale producers, food-processors, retailers and consumers along the food value chain. By promoting local purchases and using local retail shops for procurement and distribution of locally-produced foods, WFP aimed at supporting the Palestinian economy and recovery of Gaza. This inclusive and encompassing approach has enabled WFP to significantly invest and render the Palestinian people and economy more resilient to the protracted crisis, and pave the way for longer term recovery.