UN World Food Programme extends food assistance in Donbas in 201716.02.2017 10:18 302
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will continue its projects in eastern Ukraine under which it will support 220,000 food-insecure people in conflict-affected areas of Donbas throughout 2017, according to a report on the WFP’s website.
“The situation is becoming even worse as prices are increasing quite rapidly compared to incomes, which limits families’ ability to afford the food they need. Food prices are increasing at a time when household incomes are impacted by unemployment, and we see many families resorting to negative coping strategies in the face of economic hardship,” said WFP Representative in Ukraine Dorte Ellehammer.
According to her, WFP will continue to distribute food assistance to 70,000 of the most vulnerable people, based on the severity of needs. WFP aims to target elderly people, families headed by single mothers, people with chronic illnesses or disabilities, along with those who are not receiving any other form of humanitarian assistance.
WFP stresses that as the conflict has continued, many Ukrainians have become more vulnerable due to the lack of sufficient social benefits to cover food and other living expenses. An estimated 3.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and communities across Ukraine continue to experience the negative consequences of the conflict.
WFP will continue to scale up the use of cash-based transfers where possible, depending on availability of financial institutions and market conditions, Dorte Ellehammer said.
To continue the projects in eastern Ukraine, WFP will need about $30 million to provide much-needed food until December 2017.