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World Food Programme (WFP)
1 June 2008
WFP's Operational Requirements, Shortfalls and Priorities for 2008
1 June 2008
Occupied Palestinian Territory
Major humanitarian needs caused by continuing violence, restricted movement
• The political stalemate and the related security incidents appear likely to continue, with ensuing humanitarian consequences.
• The shortage of essential supplies, including fuel, could further disrupt humanitarian operations and weaken further the socio-economic coping mechanisms of the population.
• High food costs, up by 70% since January 2008, will continue to severely impact food security in Gaza strip. Declining health and nutrition levels among children and women in particular, as well as lack of access to health facilities will continue to be of concern.
PRRO 10387.1 – Protracted Relief Operation for Non-Refugee Palestinians
01 September 2007 - 31 August 2009
Under the PRRO, WFP supports over 650,000 of the most vulnerable and food-insecure non-refugee population in the West Bank and Gaza who have been affected by a steady decline of living standards.
• Forecast contributions, if received, should cover operational needs through the end of October. It is essential that all contributions be received on schedule, given the large quantities involved and the ever-changing access restrictions. A temporary pipeline break in High Energy Biscuits - included among blended foods above - for the Gaza school feeding programme will be alleviated
by the beginning of July. Included among 'other' in the table are dates, meat, fish, sugar and salt.
• The food security situation in the West Bank remains problematic due to movement restrictions and soaring food prices. Social hardship cases are most acutely affected as they remain entirely reliant on WFP assistance. Critical food security levels in the Gaza Strip are compounded by rising food costs and fuel shortages.
• WFP's operation meets the food needs of the most vulnerable non-refugees, contributing to the poverty reduction strategy by supporting productive activities and skills development. The PRRO also improves targeting and coordination, ensuring effective use of resources.