Food Assistance Fact Sheet - West Bank and Gaza

Map of West Bank and Gaza
Map of West Bank and Gaza

January 23, 2018


  • ResponseThe UN World Food Program (WFP) reports that 1.3 million people in the West Bank and Gaza are food insecure—39 percent of households in Gaza and 13 percent in the West Bank.
  • The UN agency also reports that 7.4 percent of children 6-59 months are chronically malnourished, and 50 percent of individuals in the West Bank and Gaza suffer from at least one micronutrient deficiency.
  • Vulnerable households are struggling to cope with slowing economic growth, high rates of unemployment, recurrent shocks—including demolition of property, obstructions to livelihoods, and outbreaks of violence—and are increasingly turning to negative coping strategies.


  • To date in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) has contributed $3 million in support of 33,600 poor and severely food-insecure Bedouins and herders in Area C of the West Bank.
  • In FY 2017 FFP contributed $6 million—$4 million for the West Bank and $2 million for Gaza—to WFP’s programming, which supports approximately 345,000 beneficiaries with food vouchers and in-kind local and regional procurement.
  • By purchasing the majority of its food supplies locally and using retail shops for the procurement and distribution of food assistance, WFP’s program aims to strengthen the resilience of local food systems. Approximately 96 percent of WFP food items available through food vouchers are produced, processed, and/or packaged locally.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2018 $3 million ---
Fiscal Year 2017 $6 million ---
Fiscal Year 2016 $4 million 5,140 MT


Last updated: January 24, 2018

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