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WFP Turkey Country Brief, October 2020

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In Numbers

53,196 people assisted In October 2020

US$ 0.73 m distributed through value vouchers

US$ 0.03 m distributed through cash for training

US$34.9 million six-month net funding requirements WFP Turkey (November 2020 – April 2021)

Operational Updates

• On October 30 a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Izmir. To date, 17 buildings have collapsed; 962 people have been injured and over 100 people have lost their lives. In the immediate aftermath, WFP conducted a rapid needs assessment to better understand the needs of local authorities. WFP reached out to partners such as IOM in order to enable the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality to distribute hot meals through Soup Kitchens in the most affected districts.

• As of 31 October, 377,473 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Turkey, along with 10,326 deaths and 320,762. Government responses to the pandemic have varied across Turkey’s 81 provinces due to the significant daily increase in positive cases. Some schools have resumed classes with a mix of in-class and distance learning/online courses. WFP will continue its operations, while making necessary adjustments to ensure compliance with COVID-19 safety measures and mitigate the risk of transmission.

• WFP continues to support refugees in six camps, through a monthly e-voucher payment of TRY 100 (USD 14) per person. These payments reached , 52,638 people in October.

• Under the cash-for-training component of the Mutfakta Umut Var (MUV)/Kitchen of Hope project, 95 participants from the first cohor completed on-the-job (OJT) training.
Of those, 23 participants started formal employment at the restaurants or soup kitchens upon training completion. Among the second cohort, 181 participants completed the vocational training, of those, 137 (65 Syrian, 72 Turkish) started their OJT. WFP held feedback sessions with participants to foster motivation. MUV third cohort received over 4,748 applications, training will begin in November with 30-35 participants per location in 9 provinces.

• In October WFP, together with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and IOM, continued to provide soup kitchen hot meals every day for vulnerable refugees and Turkish nationals in seven provinces.

• On 31 October, the innovative EMPACT (Empowerment in Action) resilience programme to increase the self-reliance of youth (18-35 years old) kicked off in Istanbul with 100 participants (50 Turkish, 50 Syrians). The pilot is implemented jointly by WFP, Microsoft, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation and a local cooperating partner ‘Kodluyoruz’ under the guidance of WFP Innovation Accelerator. The initiative emulates similar work WFP has done previously in other countries by providing digital, soft skills training and employability support.