Food assistance programmes across the region continued to expand. Following an assessment of four camps in Turkey in March, the E‐Food Card Programme will be expanded to include around 3,300 beneficiaries in Malatya camp from next month. In Egypt, where food voucher assistance now reaches 86 per cent of the targeted beneficiaries, the addition of a new supermarket partner has gone smoothly. In Iraq's Domiz Camp, retailers have now been selected for shops inside the camp as part of the voucher programme.
While voucher and card programmes bring choice and convenience to beneficiaries, they can also bring the risk of price rises. As such, monthly price monitoring of staple food items continues in Egypt, while in Turkey the first of the market monitoring committees (which will be established in all camps where the E‐Food Card Programme is operational) has been formed. Monitoring efforts were also stepped up in Lebanon, with food sector partners focusing on shop monitoring and adding more shops in refugee locations.
In Lebanon, a livestock vaccination programme continued in March, including joint training workshops on improving the trans‐boundary diseases surveillance system in the country. In Iraq, a food security and livelihoods needs assessment is underway in the three governorates of the Kurdistan Region.