Across the country, WFP supported the Government of Iraq to implement reforms in social protection, and in areas that witnessed heavy displacement, continued to assist internally displaced people (IDPs) and Syrian refugees.
WFP adapted its monthly assistance to support food insecure IDPs no longer residing in formal camp settings.
In parallel, to help returnee families rebuild their lives, WFP's rural and urban livelihoods approaches, including programmes for youth, helped people grow self-reliance.
In 2021 the School Feeding Programme continued: WFP supported the Government of Iraq to reach 929 schools in 11 governorates, and engaged with the Ministry of Education to plan the handover of responsibility to the government. WFP handed over 40% of the School Feeding Programme to the Ministry of Education to implement, and continues to support with technical and logistics expertise.
Throughout 2021, WFP continued working closely with the Ministry of Trade (MoT) to expand efforts in digitalization of the paper-based Public Distribution System for food rations (PDS) processes. Alongside soft-launching the ‘Tamwini’ smartphone application across Najaf governorate, WFP launched a landmark Social Protection Programme with the government, UNICEF, and ILO funded by the EU, to leverage social protection response and accelerate reform.