Lebanon’s Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, said on Monday that the World Food Program’s Executive Board decided to allocate $5 billion and $400 million to Lebanon over the next three years.
During the WFP’s last meeting in Rome, Italy, the allocation was met with a promise that the food products will be entirely purchased from Lebanon.
Mikati’s words came during a meeting held with the WFP Director in Lebanon, Dr. Abdullah Al-Wardat, who informed him of the approval of the project for the years 2023-2025.
This project will provide emergency aid, in-kind, and cash assistance to the increasing numbers of beneficiaries, as well as provide cash assistance to several refugees.
The program will also assist school students, noting that the current number is 73,000 students, “the new project aims to reach 150,000 students,” he added.
The project will also seek to enhance food security in Lebanon, as the country relies on importing about 80% and 90% of its wheat consumption.