February 17, 2023

Spikes in food prices in northwest Syria are leaving earthquake survivors in further need of humanitarian assistance. There are reports of shortages of food items, including wheat flour, and significantly increased prices in Idlib and surrounding areas. [1] 

Urgent funding is required to replenish food stocks, scale up the humanitarian response and maintain regular food assistance support to individuals for the next three months.  

ActionAid partner Violet is working on the ground to distribute food kits and cash assistance to those in immediate need. They have successfully reached thousands of households, including those who are now hosting internally displaced people. But there are concerns about the increase in demand and prices, and we know that mothers caring for young children will be hardest hit by these food shortages. There has also been an increase in prices of dignity items, further impacting women and girls- prices for these were already significantly costly.  

Ahmad, Violet’s Area Manager in northwest Syria, said: 

“Markets were temporarily disrupted as a result of the earthquakes, which has led to prices increasing.” 

Alaa, Violet’s Local Field Coordinator in northwest Syria, said:  

Prices of commodities like food have increased by 20 to 40%. Temporary shelter items have increased by 60% due to the high reliance on these items as a result of recent displacements. For this reason, it’s a priority to focus on rebuilding livelihoods which will support recovery efforts of vulnerable people in north-west Syria.” 

The death toll from the Turkey-Syria earthquakes is nearing 44,000, and the northwest of Syria is now home to 4.3 million internally displaced people who live in temporary shelters, including tents and fragile structures. Many families who were already badly affected by the existing conflict have now found themselves displaced yet again. 


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Spokespeople available:    

Racha Nasreddine is the Director for ActionAid in the Arab Region covering Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Tunisia. Previously, she led the response to the Syrian crisis in 2015 in neighboring countries (Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Egypt) and within the diaspora. She has local and international experience working across multiple sectors and countries in the Middle East and North Africa region on socioeconomic development, human rights, and cultural relations. Racha speaks Arabic and English- Currently in Jordan.   

Razmi Farook is the Regional Director for Asia and Humanitarian at ActionAid. Razmi has served in the humanitarian and development sector for 20 years, working extensively on the regional and country level in the areas of disaster management, resilience, climate change, the Syria crisis, the Indian Ocean tsunami, and on issues related to migrants, refugees, and women. Razmi speaks English – Currently in Arusha, Tanzania.   

Sabine Abi Aad is the Regional Communication and Campaigns Lead for ActionAid Arab Region. She has more than 20 years of experience in communication and, advocacy, project management. She is passionate about women and youth leadership, achieving social justice and gender equality. Sabine speaks Arabic and English- Based in Beirut, Lebanon.   

About ActionAid      
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[1] Report from Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL) cluster partners. 

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