WFP Turkey Country Brief, July 2022 – Turkey

  • In July, 43,084 refugees living in six camps in southeastern Turkey received monthly assistance. Each refugee household received 150 Turkish Liras (TRY) (7 USD) per person. This assistance helps refugees meet their food and non-food needs. WFP has also extended its assistance to 931 irregular migrants who are temporarily housed in camps to be registered.

  • Following the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis, the government allowed Ukrainians to enter the country and accommodated those who had no shelter in dormitories in the provinces of Bursa, Tekirdag, Kirklareli, Edirne and Eskişehir, as well as in a temporary accommodation center in Elazig. In July, WFP visited a camp in Elazig province hosting 1,320 Ukrainian refugees. In the coming months, the camp will host an additional 1,500 Ukrainian refugees, including those from other towns, who will be assisted by WFP and its partner, the Turkish Red Crescent, through cash transfers (e-vouchers). . Earlier this month, the Presidency of Migration Management (PMM) sent an official letter to WFP seeking feedback on potential areas of support for newly arrived Ukrainian refugees in Turkey.

  • In collaboration with the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) and the Turkish Employment Agency (ISKUR), the Socio-Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (SES) program continued in 15 provinces (Adana, Ankara, Bursa, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, Kahramanmaras, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Mardin, Mersin, Sanliurfa and Sivas) to empower refugees and Turkish nationals. In July, 588 participants, 61% of them women, received vocational and applied training in kitchen assistant, food packaging, information technology, storekeeper, housekeeping and other skills. WFP also signed new field agreements with Izmir Chamber of Commerce, Education and Health Foundation (IZTO) and the First Organized Industrial Zone of Ankara Chamber of Commerce.

  • WFP has taken over the Network Fresh project (“As Ortagim” in Turkish) launched by the Sisli Municipality in Istanbul for another three months after the implementation of a joint pilot project between July and December 2021. The project aims to reduce food waste by collecting surplus meals from participants. businesses and distribute them to vulnerable refugees and host communities. Thanks to the project, 8,396 meals donated by 17 companies were delivered to 25 families, reaching 125 beneficiaries in July. Ownership of the project will be fully transferred to the Municipality of Sisli in September 2022.

  • In partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in July, WFP began carrying out a sector supply chain analysis turkish wheat. The analysis will examine both internal market instabilities and external challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the Ukrainian crisis on the sector. WFP and FAO plan to complete the analysis by December 2022.

  • WFP continued to advance the investment case for the MoNE school meals programme. WFP supplemented and triangulated the quantitative data using qualitative data collected from teachers, parents, local MoNE staff and school administrators. The program currently targets 1.5 million school children at all levels during the current school year. WFP will provide technical support to expand the reach of the program at the primary school level.

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