WFP Iran Country Brief, June 2017 – ReliefWeb

Highlights

  • In June, WFP assisted 12,890 people with full entitlements and 15,949 with partial entitlements (8,075 woman 6,056 girls, 8,075 men and 6,633 boys)

Operational Updates

  • In June, all five food commodities were available in all settlements without any reductions.

  • In June, 175 mt of internationally purchased rice arrived to Bandar Abbas port and currently under custom clearance process.

WFP Assistance

WFP aims to ensure basic food security for vulnerable Afghan and Iraqi refugee households living in refugee settlements in Iran. WFP, UNHCR and the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs (BAFIA) assess, through vulnerability criteria, those households eligible to receive full food basket meeting 100 percent of daily energy requirements for vulnerable refugees. This includes female-headed households; with an elderly, or chronically ill person; with a person living with disabilities; with one breadwinner considered “extremely vulnerable”. Currently 45 percent of the target group are considered extremely vulnerable. The food basket consists of fortified wheat flour, fortified vegetable oil, rice, sugar and lentils.

A partial entitlement is provided to the vulnerable households (covering 55 percent of the target group)
who are able to meet some of their food needs through other sources. The partial entitlement
includes fortified wheat flour, fortified vegetable oil and lentils, covering over 60 percent of their daily
caloric requirements. Since this group have at least one breadwinner in the household, they are able to
provide their remaining 40 percent of food requirements.

WFP supports girls and young people from the assisted refugee settlements in completing their
education. Take-home entitlements of fortified vegetable oil are provided as an incentive for families
to encourage the enrolment and continued attendance of girls in primary and secondary schools and young male and female beneficiaries who attends skills training courses. Youth from the settlements receive an incentive of vegetable oil to attend technical training courses to increase their livelihood
opportunities. The implemented activities are consistent with WFP Strategic Objective 1, to save
lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies and 2, to support or restore food security and nutrition and
establish or rebuild livelihoods in fragile settings and following emergencies. Through this operation, WFP aims to improve food consumption and dietary diversity of vulnerable refugee households and to
increase access to education and human capital development for refugee children and youth. WFP
and UNHCR conducted a Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) in May 2016, which recommended periodic
review of all joint operations to assess refugees’ food vulnerability, capacities and nutritional needs,
and to ensure they are adequately addressed through the ongoing operation. The JAM recommended an inter-sectorial assessment be conducted to ascertain the feasibility of transitioning the transfer modality of assistance from in-kind to cash-based transfers (CBT). A follow-up inter-sectorial
assessment was conducted in August 2016, of which one key recommendation was the
adoption of a hybrid system to provide refugees with unconditional cash alongside in-kind
distribution of wheat flour. The recommendations will be implemented with the start of ICSP, 1st Jan 2018.

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