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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: Syria Country Director, Jakob Kern (right) during the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: Syria Country Director, Jakob Kern (center) and Hassan Biraqdar (right) during the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory. Hassan Biraqdar is the owner of Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: Syria Country Director, Jakob Kern (center) and Hassan Biraqdar (right) during the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory. Hassan Biraqdar is the owner of Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: Syria Country Director, Jakob Kern (center) and Hassan Biraqdar (left) during the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory. Hassan Biraqdar is the owner of Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: Syria Country Director, Jakob Kern (center) and Hassan Biraqdar (left) during the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory. Hassan Biraqdar is the owner of Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: Syria Country Director, Jakob Kern (center) and Hassan Biraqdar (left) during the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory. Hassan Biraqdar is the owner of Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: Syria Country Director, Jakob Kern (left) and Hassan Biraqdar (center) during the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory. Hassan Biraqdar is the owner of Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: Syria Country Director, Jakob Kern (left) and Hassan Biraqdar (right) during the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory. Hassan Biraqdar is the owner of Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: Syria Country Director, Jakob Kern (left) and Hassan Biraqdar (right) during the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory. Hassan Biraqdar is the owner of Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: Syria Country Director, Jakob Kern (left) and Hassan Biraqdar (right) during the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory. Hassan Biraqdar is the owner of Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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Syria, 29 August 2017  Launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory  Capacity strengthening of local Syrian suppliers to produce fortified date bars for the School Feeding Programme with the support of DG NEAR (the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).  Since August 2014, WFP has been implementing a School Feeding Programme in Syria to support crisis-affected children in attaining educational goals in close collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. Currently, the programme seeks to enhance enrolment while improving regular attendance for up to 750,000 pre- and primary school children in more than 1,600 schools located in areas with a high concentration of IDPs and low education performance. Under this programme, school children between 5-12 years receive a fortified date bar (80 grams) on school days, which ensure a caloric transfer of 340 Kcal. Since the 2016-17 academic year, targeted children also receive a 200 ml portion of UHT milk as part of another EU funded project.  In late 2015, the European Unionís Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) began to support WFPís School Feeding Programme in Syria. The primary objective of the support is to improve regular access to safe education, while increasing the micronutrient intake of children. However, an equally important and complementary objective of this collaboration is the revitalization of local enterprises, as WFP seeks to increase the local procurement of fortified date bars. WFP is working with local producers to enhance their capacity in order to enable them to meet the fortified date bars needs of the school feeding programme and ultimately also supply the local market.  Following extensive efforts to identify potential local producers, and the implementation of activities to strengthen their production capacity and improve the quality standards, the local procurement of fortified date bars was launched in the second half of 2015 with the help of DG NEAR. During 2016, the percentage of locally sourced date bars increased from 5 percent in the first quarter to 56 percent at the end of the year. During 2017, local suppliers further strengthened their production capacity and are currently able to fully cover WFPís fortified date bars requirements for the school feeding programme. Accordingly, by September 2017, all fortified date bars for the school feeding programme during the 2017-18 academic year, amounting to some 660 MT on a monthly basis, will be procured from local manufacturers.  The shift to local production of fortified date bars with the support of DG NEAR has enabled WFP to mitigate lengthy lead times and recurring quality issues associated with the procurement of the commodity from regional sources, thus establishing a healthier and more reliable supply chain. Furthermore, the shift to local procurement with the support of DG NEAR has resulted in the creation of some 300 jobs, of which half are currently performed by women who work alongside the production lines, thus stimulating livelihoods and creating job opportunities.  In the Photo: Syria Country Director, Jakob Kern (left) and Hassan Biraqdar (right) during the launching of date bar production lines at Food Co. factory. Hassan Biraqdar is the owner of Food Co. factory.  Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
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