Food Relief

The food security and livelihood program focuses on implementation with the aim of breaking the cycle of poverty and to meet emergency needs. Projects are used to promote economic and social development. It also aims to aid in securing resources required for generating income, as well as providing a sustainable livelihood for them and future generations and enhancing their well-being.

Program Mission:

To ensure food security and sustainable development by improving the lives of the most vulnerable by promoting the sustainable use of available resources, including fair sharing and exchanging of benefits arising from the conducted project. Focusing on people who are unable to produce enough food, income or do not have the means to obtain the minimum household requirements for active, healthy lives.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security:
  • Increasing beneficiaries’ choices by economic focus on strategic crops and livestock assets, social & environmental standpoints through designing and implementing Agriculture input distribution and irrigation systems rehabilitation and providing agriculture extension services. In addition, WATAN is working to formulate, activate and operate the local relevant institutions to resume their functions after having an appropriate handover at the end of our long-term programs.
  • Emergency Food Security & Livelihoods:
  • Alleviating the new risks and challenges arising from the Syrian crisis and responding by emergency food kits distribution, enhancing the positive coping strategies with the lack of access to food during the emergency situations.
  • Financial Services:
  • Contribute to self-reliance and strengthen the capacity of governments, communities and regional organisations by integrating capacity development by conducting an income generating activities extended to micro grants and small business management training for business start up to restart.

Program History:


WATAN’s first project in the food security program, started in 2012, entailing the distribution of 3,800 food baskets in Homs, Hama, Aleppo, rural Damascus and Deir ez Zor, to aid 22,400 beneficiaries. Due to the successful implementation and the dire needs, that same year, WATAN worked to support bakeries and supplied 210 tonnes of flour, in Deir ez Zor with Rahma International.  The program expanded by shifting the focus to more sustainable long-term outcomes, from planting seed schemes, farming tools and agricultural services to livestock support.

WATAN Program Philosophy and Differentiators: 

Emergency rapid response is at the core of the Food security and livelihood programs planning.  With partners on the ground inside Syria, readily available to access various hard-to-reach areas with security in mind, in order to reach the most vulnerable.


WATAN aims to develop its program accomplishments to activities that involve increasing skill levels and enabling communities to have varied skills in order to provide sustainability. WATAN is also looking to expand its role in providing assistance to small businesses and business partnerships as well as offering micro grants, internships and scholarships. WATAN also wants to expand its capacity in agriculture and livestock, by enlarging its scope and beneficiary numbers.

WATAN’s work in the FSL program stands out for various reasons:

·People: Its dedicated staff, volunteers and partner network are working to provide access to nutritious food in hard-to-reach areas and promote lasting solutions under difficult security conditions.

·Presence: Present in all provinces and have accessibility to all areas affected by the Syrian crisis.  WATAN has an incomparable network, deep field presence, local knowledge and great relations, both inside Syria and out.

·Long lasting sustainable interventions: Responding with impactful interventions, such as micro grants and livestock exchange schemes, with the aim of having sustainable long-term results, which will continue to be a primary focus for the community. Seeing the success of others in the community will build awareness. Micro gardening is an example of this, where achievement is impactful and motivating for others to follow.

WATAN projects:

  • Rapid Emergency Assistance
  • RAF Distributions
  • Working for a Better Life
  • Qurbani 2016

Overall numbers and graphs:

2012- 35,000 beneficiaries

2013- 215,551 beneficiaries

2014- 524,000 beneficiaries

2015- 100,000 beneficiaries

2016- 77,309 beneficiaries

Total accumulative beneficiaries: 951,860 beneficiaries

Location of interventions:


Rural Idleb, Rural Ghouta Rural Hama, Rural Homs and Hasaka





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