WFP Turkey Country Brief, May 2022 – Turkey


In numbers

  • 47,387 beneficiaries assisted in May 2022 (estimated).

  • 422,729 USD distributed in the form of vouchers

  • US$132,974 distributed through vocational and applied training (estimate)

  • Net funding requirements of US$3.8 million over six months (June 2022 – November 2022)

Operational updates

• Implementation of the e-voucher program with the Turkish Red Crescent Society (TRC) continued uninterrupted. In May, 42,387 refugees living in six camps in southeastern Turkey received monthly assistance of 150 Turkish liras (TRY) (US$10) per person.
These cash transfers help camp residents meet their basic needs.

• The Q1 2022 In-Camp Price Market Monitoring (PMM), On-Site Monitoring (OSM) and Protection reports showed that although the first quarter of 2022 was marked by a continued decrease in the number of camp beneficiaries – from 43,655 in January to 43,002 in March – this trend was slower than in previous months due to economic conditions which increased the cost of living in urban areas, including rental costs.

• The Socio-Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (SES) Programme, WFP’s flagship livelihoods program in Turkey, continued to train refugees and host community members to help them acquire the skills they need to access employment. As of May, a total of 648 participants were undergoing vocational or applied training in 13 provinces (Adana, Ankara, Bursa, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Mersin, Sanliurfa and Sivas) across the country.

The training courses available in May included courses for assistant cooks, assistant pastry cooks, computer skills, food packaging, storekeeping as well as computer numerical control (CNC) operator courses. The SES was officially launched in August 2021 and is implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) and the Turkish Employment Agency (ISKUR).

• From May 8 to 18, Colombian chef Charlie Otero traveled to Türkiye for a ten-day trip during which he cooked and shared his experience with SES participants and teachers in the provinces of Ankara, Hatay, Istanbul and İzmir. SES participants learned new cooking techniques and gained new knowledge about Latin American cuisine.

• A school feeding expert from WFP headquarters visited the country office to conduct field visits and launch an investment case for the school meals program that MoNE has already established and is ready to roll out. develop with WFP support. The program targets approximately 1.5 million school children at all levels during the current school year. WFP will provide technical support to expand its coverage at the primary school level.

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