Armenia: The SDC and the World Food Programme support refugees

The conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region is forcing many people to flee their homes. Switzerland is supporting the people in need.

More than 100,600 people face significant challenges in securing essential needs including food and psychological support.

This article was first published on a page of the UN World Food Programme. Read the original here.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a CHF 500,610 (approximately USD 555,000) contribution from the Government of Switzerland to support thousands of families who have fled military hostilities and sought refuge in Armenia. Through the aid approved by the Swiss Development Agency (SDC), which Switzerland has been providing since November 1, it is intended to provide emergency humanitarian aid to those most in need. 

Switzerland's contribution will help WFP address the immediate needs of the refugees in Syunik and Gegharkunik provinces, enabling us to provide both essential food and much-needed psychosocial support. We are thankful to the people and Government of Switzerland for their commitment to support those in need.
Nanna Skau, WFP Country Director Armenia

This initiative is in line with WFP’s project, "Resilience and Economic Recovery of Border Communities in Armenia" and follows a two-pronged approach, focusing on meeting immediate food needs, while also fostering socio-economic recovery and integration of refugees. Launched in 2022 and targeting 15 border settlements in three regions, activities under the project include cash assistance, employment support, social work support, boosting of agricultural income and empowering communities to build resources and skills. 

Above all, we are very satisfied that this support – although it is part of a longer-term vision of rebuilding life prospects – can be provided without much delay.
Werner Thut, SDC Head of Cooperation Armenia

More than 100,600 people have fled into Armenia as the conflict intensified last September and they all face significant challenges in securing essential needs including food and psychological support to cope with the trauma and stress they have endured. 

WFP closely collaborates with both national and international partners in Armenia to support Government efforts and ensure the effective delivery of food assistance to the people. 

Switzerland's support for Armenia

Switzerland’s International Cooperation has a longstanding presence through the SDC in Armenia, with current interventions in strengthening democratic institutions, supporting inclusive economic development and improving resilience to climate change. Since October 2023, Switzerland has stepped up its humanitarian aid to UN agencies responding to the needs of refugees on top of recurring contributions to the ICRC in Azerbaijan and Armenia.

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