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1.4 million

Iraqis assisted by WFP in November 2016


Iraqis affected by the Mosul conflict who received Immediate Response Rations in November 2016

The Situation

Recurrent bouts of local violence and regional instability have contributed to unprecedented levels of humanitarian need and food insecurity in Iraq. Historically, the country’s vulnerability to food insecurity was chiefly a result of obstacles to international trade—provoked by war and sanctions—impeding the export of oil and import of food.

Aggravated in recent years by drought, Iraq’s poor agricultural production has been additionally stymied by the intensification of conflict.

Right now 3.3 million Iraqis are internally displaced and 2.4 million require immediate food assistance.

World Food Programme's Work

WFP has been present in Iraq since 1991.

Since 2014, as a result of mass displacement from major Iraqi cities like Mosul and Ramadi, WFP is supporting some 1.5 million people per month in all 18 governorates, including hard-to-reach areas. This takes the form of monthly family food parcels for those with access to cooking facilities; food vouchers that can be redeemed at local shops; and ready-to-eat food rations that provide families on the move with enough food for three days.

WFP also provides food assistance to Syrian refugees who have fled to Iraq. In areas where security and market capacity permits, some 50,000 Syrian refugees are benefitting from monthly food rations and a voucher program. In 2016, WFP plans to scale up its assistance to reach more than 70,000 Syrian refugees per month.

Support for Iraq

The situation has continued to deteriorate in Iraq with more than 10 million people requiring humanitarian assistance. To support WFP's response to the crisis in Iraq, donate today.


Articles About Iraq

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Six Years in Syria: Innovation on the Front Lines

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Reuniting After Escaping ISIS

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Hacking Hunger Episode #15: Reuniting After Escaping ISIS

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Voices From Mosul

A glimpse into life under so-called Islamic State, in the words of those who escaped

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Faces of the Displaced: Nadira

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How GPS Helps Visualize Access In Iraq

The movement of humanitarian staff is often restricted in Iraq. That's why the Logistics Cluster—which is headed by WFP and carries out the transportation of supplies, staff and information for the entire aid…

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Displaced In Iraq: “As If It Could Not Get Any Worse”

Four internally displaced Iraqis in Basra tell their stories of how they were forced to leave their homes and of the people they left behind.

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Angelina Jolie Speaks Out For Refugees in Syria and Iraq

Since 2001, Angelina Jolie has embarked on more than 40 field missions to refugee camps and conflict zones across the world in her role as a U.N. Ambassador. But in…

M.J. Altman

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