494,529 refugees assisted through cash-based transfers in August 2020
821 Jordanians and refugees benefited from livelihood activities
US$ 147 million six months net funding requirements (October 2020 – March 2021)
• WFP continued providing monthly food assistance in the form of cash-based transfers to 494,529 refugees residing in camps and communities. The majority of refugees benefiting from this assistance come from Syria, with a minority from Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia.
• WFP expanded the coverage of its General Food Assistance programme to include an additional 14,400 refugees (5,164 households) through cash transfers. The expansion, part of WFP’s COVID-19 response plan, comes in response to the increased vulnerability among vulnerable populations in Jordan.
• To improve accessibility of food assistance, WFP expanded its ATM network in communities. The expansion now allows refugees to access more than 800 ATMs around Jordan with their e-cards following an agreement with WFP’s financial service provider.
• WFP is engaging with the National Centre for Security and Crisis Management on a new capacity strengthening project focussing on disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness and response. • WFP continued to provide technical assistance to the National Aid Fund (NAF) for its ongoing programmes in support of vulnerable Jordanian families delivering virtual information sessions on digital payments and financial literacy to 2,958 Jordanian households recently included into NAF’s cash programme.
• WFP finalised the preparatory work of the upcoming “NAF recertification process” targeting the current caseload of 100,000 households. Home visits to around 15,000 households will start in September with plans to complete home visits to all targeted households by the end of the year.
• In August, WFP received confirmation from the Government that school feeding activities supporting 420,000 school children in camps and communities will continue. School Feeding will resume in September/October.
• WFP continued to work with the Ministry of Agriculture targeting more than 200 participants (70 percent Jordanians, 30 percent Syrian refugees) in various activities, including seedling production for forests across the country, maintenance of five forests established by WFP and the Ministry in 2019 and pruning activities in Ajloun governorate. Participants receive monthly cash assistance to help meet their food needs.
• WFP and its partner, Dar Abu Abdullah (DAA), continued supporting 1,000 Jordanians and refugees with sustainable economic opportunities. The 15- month project empowers individuals through capacity building, job matching and micro and homebased businesses in three main sectors: food production and agriculture, handicrafts and digital finance.
• WFP and its national partner, NAJMAH, finalised the preparatory work for a new project that will provide on-the-job training and job placement opportunities for 1,500 Jordanians and refugees. The project will start in September. • WFP is holding discussions with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the Ministry of Agriculture on the potential digitization of the agriculture sector in Jordan. • WFP donated a high-technology hydroponic unit to the Ministry of Agriculture’s research station in Madaba to support research and training for students and local communities on hydroponics.
• WFP, UNHCR and UNICEF are working on the launch of the joint comprehensive vulnerability assessment that will build understanding on the overall vulnerability picture in the country, with results expected in 2021.