WFP receives permission from Syrian authorities to use local aid agencies

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WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin meets with Syrian women who are cooking meals for their families at a kitchen set up by WFP. Copyright: WFP/ Abeer Etefa

The Syrian government has given the World Food Programme (WFP) permission to use dozens of additional local aid agencies to try to reach the 2.5 million people in need of humanitarian aid.

Word of this comes from WFP's Executive Director Ertharin Cousin who has just wrapped up a visit to Turkey a meeting with Syrian refugees on the Turkish-Syrian border. 

” Last we were given a list of 110 additional NGO's we can now work with. We have assess the operational capacity of that 110 and we have identified 44 NGO on that list. That will give us the ability to scale up to another one million persons amd we are working expeditiously to expand our operations the reach the additional one million.”

WFP's Ertharin Cousin says many of these are NGO's or non-governmental organizations, noting that there are community-based NGOs in all regions of the country.

She says WFP has been working with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and some of those small NGOs at the community level even before this.

Ms. Ertharin declined to give a timeframe for when the UN food agency might be able to reach 2.5 million people explaining “We are still going to be limited by the ongoing conflict.”

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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