AMMAN – Thanks to a generous and timely pledge from Germany, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reinstated the full value of the electronic food vouchers it uses to provide vital support to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Syrians in Jordan in March.
Germany will pledge at least US$65 million to Jordan out of the total pledged during the “Supporting Syria and the Region Conference” in London earlier this year. Together with the support of other donors, this will allow WFP to continue providing vital food assistance to some 530,000 Syrian refugees in the country with full value assistance from March until the end of the year.
“This extraordinary level of generosity does not come as a surprise to us. Germany is already among WFP’s largest donors for its Syria crisis response in Jordan having contributed around US$88 million since Syrian refugees started arriving to Jordan in 2012,” said WFP’s Jordan Country Director Mageed Yahia. “This recent pledge consolidates Germany’s unwavering commitment to alleviate the suffering of victims of the Syria crisis and gives them hope for a better future.”
Since the onset of the Syrian refugee influx to Jordan in 2012, WFP has been responding to the basic food needs of families living in camps and urban dwellings. To date WFP’s support through its innovative e-card system has injected over USD$460 million into the local Jordanian economy and created hundreds of local jobs in the food retail sector.
At the London Conference, of the US$ 675 million pledged to WFP, Germany announced a landmark contribution of €570 million (US$ 623 million) for the WFP Syria crisis response and for WFP’s operations for the displaced people inside Iraq.
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.
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