Cash and Vouchers Videos
The theme of this year’s World Food Day is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.”
WFP has begun distributing electronic food vouchers, or "e-cards", to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The cards work very much like debit cards and look like them too. It's a way of simplifying life for refugees, who are now able to go into shops and buy food in the same way as any other customer. The programme is being rolled out, first in Lebanon and then in Jordan, with technical support from MasterCard.
A new voucher programme at Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya allows families to buy fresh fruit and vegetables from local food sellers. Not ordinarily a part of WFP's food ration, fresh produce makes a welcome addition to the diets of refugees, who are completely dependent on food assistance. The programme also gives a boost to the local economy providing growers and sellers with new customers to buy their food.
A 5-year-old boy on his first day at school. A mother embracing a new way of feeding her family. An ex-teacher trying to organize sport for the camp’s children. Forced to adapt to new lives as refugees in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, these three Syrians are making the best of things and staying positive. Their individual accounts and personal insights provide an inside view of life in Jordan’s biggest refugee camp. To donate to WFP's operations supporting Syrian refugees, go to: www.wfp.org/syria
In a little more than one year Zaatari Refugee camp has become one of the largest refugee camps in the world. A small city with more than 110,000 Syrian refugees. WFP must supply all of them with food.