Food aid to reach 2.5 million SyriansListen /
Food baskets, containing essentials that should provide people with enough nutrients for their daily needs, will be distributed to up to 2.5 million Syrians over the next few months. The food packages are being supplied by the United Nations World Food Programme, WFP, and will include rice, bulgar, pasta, vegetable oil, lentils, salt, sugar, wheat and canned pulses, providing up to 1,700 kilocalories per person per day.
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP spokesperson, says that distributing food inside Syria has been increasingly challenging in recent months but that aid agencies are reaching needy families in both opposition and government controlled areas.
"In February we hope to scale up our operations and we hope to reach 1.75 million people. And, step by step, gradually, we hope to reach 2 million people in March and 2.5 million vulnerable Syrians by April."
WFP will also import up to 2.5 million litres of fuel per month to transport humanitarian supplies, including much needed wheat flour to help with the severe bread shortage.
Nicki Chadwick, UN Radio, Geneva