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US Grants $1.1 Million to WFP, Aid to Benefit Displaced Persons from Artsakh in Armenia

Photo credit: David Ghahramanyan
Photo credit: David Ghahramanyan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is set to provide crucial assistance to approximately 20,500 forcibly displaced individuals in Armenia following a grant of US $1.1 million from the United States Government, facilitated by USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA).

This timely contribution aims to bolster WFP's efforts in offering vital emergency food aid to Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) refugees currently residing in Armenia. The assistance will particularly target regions like Ararat, Kotayk, and Gegharkunik, which accommodate a significant number of refugees outside the capital city of Yerevan.

Expressing gratitude for the support during this critical period, Nanna Skau, WFP's Representative and Country Director in Armenia, highlighted the significance of the donation in ensuring the well-being of thousands of Armenian refugees. "This donation supports our efforts to ensure the well-being of thousands of refugees residing in Armenia, providing them daily access to food," Skau stated.

As part of its crisis response strategy, WFP plans to distribute food parcels to assist 20,000 refugees in meeting their nutritional needs over a three-month period, thereby contributing to enhancing their livelihoods. Additionally, WFP aims to provide 135,000 hot meals over three months to 500 refugees daily, utilizing mobile kitchens, school canteens, and arrangements for elderly residents.

Acknowledging the urgency of immediate aid, Skau emphasized the importance of transitioning towards strategies that not only address current needs but also foster stability and social cohesion among affected communities.

Beyond immediate assistance, WFP plans to conduct a comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment using the granted funds. This assessment will facilitate evidence-based decision-making and support the planning of WFP's response initiatives, encompassing all regions, with a focus on areas heavily populated by displaced individuals.

In addition to emergency food aid, WFP has been actively supporting the Government of Armenia through various programs such as cash-based transfers, nutritional support, and resilience-building efforts.


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