FOR THE CRISES AFFECTED COMMUNITIES’ IN SYRIA WHEAT PROVISION PROJECT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED
The conflict in Syria is now in its fourth year, creating an overwhelming humanitarian crisis. Millions of people are in need of emergency assistance such as medical and food assistance, shelter and winterization. IBC and GIZ developed partnership model and held coordination studies and completed implementation of the wheat provision of approximately 3500 metric tons in Northern Syria in correspond to shortage dilemma.
During the conflict more than 6,5 million Syrian have been displaced, more than 3 million Syrians have fled the country to other countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, North Africa and Turkey. Inside and outside of Syria humanitarian needs are shelters, protection, medical assistance, vaccinations and healthcare, drinking water, sanitation, food assistance, cash for food.
There is a high demand to stabilize and provide support to food security efforts in order to strengthen interventions and measures which prevent a deteriorating humanitarian food crisis. The Syrian Public Establishment for Grain (SPEG), which reports to the Ministry of Finance and Economy of the Syrian Interim Government, as well as related entities have only recently been set up by the Syrian Interim Government and require capacity building in order to increase their efficiency, accountability and outputs.
IBC has been developing and implementing different types of humanitarian emergency response projects since the beginning of the crises.
The primary purpose of the project was to stabilize the bread production cycle in liberated areas by providing assistance to enable the procurement and transportation of wheat. GIZ spearhead an intervention in order to bridge the gap of wheat supply through the external purchase of wheat which procured and transported by strong and capable Turkish Partners to the Zero-Point of the Turkish-Syrian border and handed over to the respective partners for further usage at the SPEG centers. Project completed successfully in cooperation with GIZ and other implemented partners.
GIZ and IBC emergency wheat provision concentrated on the following:
Wheat Provision Project Proposal mainly was realized after the relevant area of researches as a result of collaborative desk and field studies both in Gaziantep GIZ and IBC Istanbul Offices. This process has demonstrated the participation of the core team of the project.
Procurement, import and transportation of wheat to the Zero Point in Turkey, at Öncüpınar were supported the Syrian partners in their efforts of stabilization and continuity of the bread production cycle and contributed to improved food security at the household level.
In this context, the appropriate border crossing to reach the most secure way of wheat to the mill is established in North Syria was investigated. To this end, Öncüpınar Border Gate was determined that provides the appropriate conditions and facilities. Preliminary market research and international levels of tenders have been done in terms of supply of wheat. Provided wheat was sent to the Region in transit through Turkey. Bulk wheat were packaged as 1000 kilograms big-bag and transported with secured trucks to the Border.
IBC successfully managed and received the closure of the project.
Two storage hubs in liberated areas were supplied with wheat inputs to prevent shortages contributed to food security measures.
Main Objectives that were completed
• An international tender for approximately 3500 metric tons of wheat conducted and provided.
• Approximately 3500 metric tons of wheat of wheat provided and delivered to Syrian Stakeholders.
Project Location: Northern Syria
Project Duration : 3 Months
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