Lebanon Businessnews News

$5.4 billion in assistance
from World Food Programme
Over three years, benefiting 2 million

Lebanese citizens and Syrian refugees

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The World Food Programme (WFP) has allocated $5.4 billion in aid for Lebanon over the three-year period 2023-2025 with a pledge to buy all products destined for food assistance from the country.

The assistance will be equally divided between Lebanese citizens and the Syrian refugees. The WFP program, which was launched in 2012 when the country started to receive Syrian refugees, currently provides 70 percent of its assistance to the refugees.

WFP Representative and Country Director in Lebanon Abdallah Alwardat said that one million Lebanese and an equal number of Syrian refugees will benefit from this program which will provide assistance in kind and in cash. He said that the number of students benefiting from the food program will be increased to around 150,000 from 73,000 currently.

The program will also provide in-kind, technical, and cash assistance to a number of farmers, with a focus on wheat cultivation in order to boost local production especially that Lebanon imports 80 to 90 percent of its wheat, Alwardat said.
Date Posted: Nov 21, 2022
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