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The current humanitarian crisis in Northwest Syria is the worst in ten years of war in Syria. Due to the military escalation, over 950,000 people were forced to flee their homes since December 2019, seeking safety in host communities and IDP camps in Idleb and Aleppo Governorates. Most of the newly displaced people are women and children in need of humanitarian assistance. 

The Food Security and Livelihood (FSL) Cluster provides coordination of the partner organizations to ensure food access to the newly displaced people and operates in full support of the partners’ implementing programs in Northwest Syria. 

Currently, about 60 partners are active members of the FSL Cluster, providing updates on programs by submitting the monthly 5Ws, and participating in the meetings led by the FSL Cluster, which are:

  • FSL Cluster Monthly Partners Meeting
  • Area Coordination Groups 
  • Agriculture, livestock, bread and bakery technical working groups

The FSL Cluster regularly also contributes to the Inter Cluster Coordination Group (ICCG) by OCHA, and to the preparation of the SitRep on NW Syria every month. 

The FSL Cluster focuses its action on SO1 (life-saving activities), SO2, and SO3 (livelihoods, self-reliance/income generating activities). 

The activities fall under the following results: 

  • Result 1: Improve food security information for decision making:
    • Monthly data analysis on partners’ programs on ‘actuals’ and ‘plans’ (3 months) 
    • “Emergency Response Dashboard” product
    • “Bread and Bakery Dashboard” product (in collaboration with iMMAP)
    • Contribution to HRP/HPC document on Syria
  • Result 2: Pro-actively steer the coordination of the food security response:
    • Traffic light methodology to ensure even distribution of programs, while reducing overlaps
    • Coordination meetings with partners, including area coordination groups (ACGs)
    • “Insights on NW Syria” product with monthly key achievements and updates 
    • Regular coordination with partners on areas for coverage
    • Coordination with partners on project proposals 
  • Result 3: Improve monitoring & evaluation systems and accountability to enhance program quality:
    • Outcome monitoring on beneficiaries of SO1 and SO2/3
    • Monthly output monitoring 
    • Assessments on food security 
    • Annual assessment ‘FSLA’ to feed HNO analysis
    • Calculation of people in need by areas vs. access 
  • Result 4: Scale-up advocacy, communication and resource mobilisation to support the FSC strategy:
    • Advocacy on food security in NW Syria
    • Technical note (English, Arabic) for donors and stakeholders
    • Fund raising from SCHF (Syria Cross-border Humanitarian Fund) – 50M USD raised in 2020 for FSL partners
    • Advocacy for renewal on UNSC resolution, and the development of plan B

Key information, reports, and products can be found at the FSL Cluster ST Hub webpage and the Humanitarian Response website under the FSL ST Hub dedicated section.