FAO’s Syrian response program brings together stakeholders in Turkey

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Turkey hosted a high-level meeting in the capital Ankara on Tuesday to bolster emergency and resilience efforts.

Drawing on exemplary models from FAO’s Syrian Refugee Resilience Plan (PRSR), the event discussed ways to capitalize on collective know-how, experience and expertise to ensure resilience sustainable livelihoods for Syrians under temporary protection and host communities in Turkey, with an emphasis on agriculture and food sectors.

Viorel Gutu, FAO Representative in Turkey and Sub-Regional Coordinator for Central Asia, said the United Nations body has successfully implemented 10 projects under the SRRP since 2017.

“Thanks to FAO’s projects under the SRRP, more than 9,000 Syrians and Turks have acquired skills that will help them become an asset to the country’s economy,” Gutu noted.

The UN body will do more to find a long-term durable solution for Syrians under temporary protection and host communities to promote agricultural livelihoods, he pledged.

Libor Chlad, Head of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey Section, highlighted the challenges the EU is working with its partners to tackle, such as the lack of social protection and education among refugees and host communities.

Yoichi Mikami, Minister-Counselor of the Japanese Embassy, ​​highlighted Turkey’s role in the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

He pointed out that the Japanese government has also focused on humanitarian aid to strengthen the capacities of individuals, which leads to the sustainable development of the region.

Noting that Japan has provided nearly $ 2 million to FAO programs in Turkey since 2017, Mikami said: “Our contribution under this framework will find its way to those in need of assistance and it will alleviate the suffering of the most large number.”

Volkan Gungoren, Deputy Director General for EU and Foreign Relations at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, stressed the importance of food security and agricultural sustainability.

“We are developing dedicated policies in this regard and building partnerships with leading organizations such as FAO and other organizations and providing assistance to promote sustainable agricultural development and food security,” said Gungoren.

The SRRP consists of several projects funded by the European Union, UNHCR, the Government of Japan, FAO and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and aims to improve food security, strengthen livelihoods and build the resilience of Syrian refugees and host communities.

Ten projects have been implemented under the PRRS to date, reaching a total of 3,246 beneficiaries.

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