Additional contribution to WFP emergency appeal “State of Palestine emergency”

Projet terminé

A sharp escalation of the Gaza crisis has left the entire population in desperate and catastrophic conditions. Hundreds of thousands of people are crammed into overcrowded shelters and hospitals, with food and water running out. The World Food Programme (WFP) has provided emergency food and cash assistance to over 630,000 people across Gaza and the West Bank and continues providing such assistance in the framework of the renewed crisis. SDC contributes to WFP’s efforts in emergency response and life-saving assistance.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Territoire palestinien occupé
Aide humanitaire & RRC
Aide alimentaire d'urgence
01.11.2023 - 31.12.2023
CHF  10’000’000

Founded in 1961, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency saving and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working to improve nutrition and build resilience.

WFP plays a key role globally and in the MENA region, where it provides emergency response and life-saving assistance to millions of people, including in the oPt.

Switzerland focuses its support to WFP operations in its own priority countries through annual contributions softly earmarked to WFP offices and related Country Strategic Plans (CSPs).

WFP has launched an emergency appeal “State of Palestine emergency”, to which SDC contributes. While WFP has provided emergency food and cash assistance to over 630K people across Gaza and the West Bank, 478K displaced people in UN-designated shelters in Gaza have received fresh bread through WFP. However, fuel shortages have drastically hindered the capacity of bakeries. More humanitarian assistance needs to immediately get into Gaza, to respond to current needs, specifically to respond to food insecurity. Accordingly, “food security” is the biggest sector in need as per the Flash Appeal (UN OCHA) for the current crisis, with USD 303 M required, targeting 2.34 M of people in need.


WFP’s mission is a world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life.

The vision for 2030 underlying WFP’s strategic plan for 2022-2025 is that the world has eradicated food insecurity and malnutrition (SDG 2 - Zero Hunger) and national and global actors have achieved the SDGs (SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals).

The overall goal of WFP is providing immediate food assistance in life-threatening situations while supporting countries in ensuring no one is left behind.

The goal in the framework of the current additional credit is to respond to the current crisis in Gaza with emergency response and life-saving assistance.

Groupes cibles Food insecure men, women and children worldwide, and specifically those affected by the renewed escalation of violence and hostilities in oPt.
Effets à moyen terme
  1. People are better able to meet their urgent food and nutrition needs
  2. People have better nutrition, health and education outcomes
  3. People have improved and sustainable livelihoods
  4. National programmes and systems are strengthened
  5. Humanitarian and development actors are more efficient and effective

Principaux résultats attendus:  

Key outputs of the planned phase: WFP fights hunger in 82 least-developed and low-income countries where victims of conflicts and natural disasters, refugees, displaced people and the hungry poor face severe food shortages.

In the framework of the present additional credit, WFP will deliver emergency assistance and life-saving aid, in terms of food provision, support for livelihoods and cash-based transfers to the benefit of the affected population.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

  • In 2020, WFP surged operations against the COVID-19 pandemic that pushed 124 million people into extreme poverty; it provided assistance to 115 million people in 84 countries (53%♀; 20% 0-6 year old) and it strengthened social protection systems in 78 countries.
  • WFP is the laureate of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Despite the record level of funding, the vast needs resulted in a 2022 funding gap against approved requirements of 34 percent, equal to USD 7.2 billion. This is the largest funding gap registered in WFP’s history in absolute terms. All prospects confirm that requirements will only keep increasing.
  • Until June 2023, WFP had provided crucial food assistance to 350K Palestinians each month and facilitated aid to nearly a million Palestinians in collaboration with other humanitarian partners through its cash-based transfers platform.
  • In the framework of the present crisis, WFP has provided emergency food and cash assistance to over 630,000 people across Gaza and the West Bank. Out of these, 478,000 displaced people in UN-designated shelters have received fresh bread through WFP contracted bakeries and canned tuna when available.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Programme alimentaire mondial

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs WFP’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan stresses the importance of synergy among UN food security bodies, particularly FAO and IFAD, as well as partnerships with international organizations, national governments, regional institutions, international finance institutions, civil society, private sector, academia, communities and individuals.
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    10’000’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    10’000’000
Phases du projet

Phase 4 01.11.2023 - 31.12.2023   (Completed)

Phase 2 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2023   (Completed) Phase 1 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2023   (Completed)