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WFP Jordan Situation Report #2, March 2017

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In Numbers

658,015 Registered refugees from Syria in Jordan (UNHCR)

533,638 Syrian refugees assisted with e-card and paper vouchers in March*

12,750 Vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees assisted through food assistance-for-assets and food assistance-fortraining activities

25,676 Syrian school children assisted through the School Meals Programme

Highlights

  • During March, WFP Jordan in partnership with the Innovation Accelerator in Munich signed a field level agreement with ACTED to implement the Hydroponics Livelihoods Pilot Project. The pilot project which targets 120 beneficiaries in Azraq camp aims to increase the self-reliance of affected communities through the creation of economic opportunities.

  • WFP and other United Nations agencies are working with the Jordanian Government to explore options to resume the humanitarian assistance provided to over 60,000 Syrians stranded at the Jordanian north-eastern border (berm).

Situation Update

  • Approximately 79 percent of registered Syrian refugees live in host communities, whereas 21 percent live in two camps (Azraq and Za’atri) and King Abdullah Park transit centre. In host communities, a limited number of refugees have work permits and thus most are largely dependent on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs.

  • WFP and other United Nations agencies are working with the Jordanian Government to explore options to resume the humanitarian assistance to over 60,000 Syrians stranded at the north-eastern border (berm). In January 2017, UN agencies, and the international and national NGOs concluded the first distribution of food and non-food assistance to the affected populations.

WFP Response

  • The Regional PRRO 200987 will focus on sustainable solutions through human capital and self-reliance support to refugees and host communities in Jordan, while providing life-saving food assistance when needed. The PRRO will respond to the needs of refugees and host communities through various programmes.

  • WFP will continue its General Food Assistance (GFA) via e-voucher to 500,000 Syrian refugees vulnerable to food insecurity in camps and communities. Assistance for new arrivals through temporary paper vouchers (New Arrival Voucher & General Voucher Distribution) will also continue, until people are enrolled into WFP’s regular e-voucher programme. In-kind GFA will be used at the Jordanian-Syrian border (berm), as in this context, it is the most effective modality of assistance.

  • WFP will expand its home-grown school meals model, the Healthy Kitchen project, in poverty pockets across the Kingdom. The Healthy Kitchen model will also be implemented inside refugee camps. The plan is to replace WFP’s current school meals programme – distribution of date bars – with healthy meals from the Healthy Kitchen initiative. The initiative provides Jordanian and Syrian women with income generating activities to prepare fresh healthy meals for school children attending public schools in camps and outside the camps.

  • WFP will continue to enhance the self-reliance of Syrian refugees and Jordanians vulnerable to food security, while reducing dependency on humanitarian assistance. Therefore, WFP will increase the scale of livelihood activities under the PRRO.