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WFP Iran Country Brief, September 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

261 mt of food assistance distributed
US$152,074 cash based transfers made
US$1.9 m six months (October 2018 - March 2019) net funding requirements
30,089 people assisted in September 2018

Operational Updates

• During September, WFP successfully reached 30,089 refugees as per the target. This included approximately 8,425 women, 8,425 men, and 6,920 girls, and 6,319 boys. The people assisted received a total cash transfer value of USD 152,074 and 261 mt of fortified wheat flour entitlements.

• Under Activity 2 of the Interim Country Strategic Plan: Providing conditional support to refugee women and girls to incentivize and facilitate educational and livelihood activities, WFP has shifted from providing in-kind vegetable oil incentives to families in support of refugee girl students' education to a monthly CBT entitlement. Households with girls who are enrolled in, and regularly attend, school receive a cash entitlement (USD 5 for each student). This is used to encourage families to continue the education of girls, increasing school enrolment and maintaining retention rates as well as reduce the incidences of early marriage.
There are multiple benefits to the use of CBT. This modality empowers people to make choices on what they eat and can contribute to a more diversified diet and improved nutrition.
Furthermore, cash transfers are known to have a multiplier effect on the local economy and strengthen local markets, encourage smallholder farmers to be more productive and build national capacities.