World Bulletin / News Desk
The Syria Refugee Resilience Plan aims to improve food security, strengthen livelihoods and enhance the resilience of Syrian refugees and host communities, the organization's director of Emergency and Rehabilitation Division, Dominique Burgeon, told Anadolu Agency before his visit to Turkey.
"Our focus for the next two years is on two main areas; food security and agriculture, and livelihoods," Burgeon said.
He said the program involves vocational programs which enables Syrian refugees to grow their own food and getting skills to be able to work in agricultural sector in Turkey.
"Around 23 percent of the children who are refugees in Turkey are malnourished. The price of nutritious foods like fruit and vegetables fluctuates, and sometimes can be unaffordable. That is why the FAO is looking to agriculture for solutions," Burgeon said.
He noted that funding of programs in 2017 and 2018 had been provided by a variety of sources such as The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Japan.
"For our new program we are hoping to add more donors as well. The more funding we get, the more we can do," he said.
Burgeon also said $95 million would be needed the for implementation of all programs in Turkey.
He said he would meet representatives of the Turkish government and international partners of FAO to present a plan during his visit to the country.
He praised Turkey's hosting of 3.5 million Syrian refugees "without major disruption" as a huge achievement.