Cash and Vouchers Videos


Egypt, like many countries in the Middle East, has seen a major influx of Syrian refugees in recent months. Some 50,000 Syrians have registered as refugees here, or are awaiting registration. WFP is assisting them by providing food vouchers, which they can use to buy their own food at local supermarkets. At present, WFP is reaching about 30,000 refugees in this way but there are plans to increase that number. Gian Pietro Borudignon, head of WFP's operations in Egypt, explains.

 WFP started a voucher programme in Domiz camp in northern Iraq in November and is currently providing 30,000 Syrians in Domiz camp with food vouchers worth US$31 per person, per month. Food vouchers can be redeemed against a list of items, including fresh produce, and because they are spent in local shops they provide a boost for the local economy.

Hussein Mohammend lost four children in the conflict in Syria. During a fire-fight, he was shot six times in the stomach. He and his family have found safety and a temporary home in Turkey. Hussein and his wife are able to shop for their own groceries--and make bread the way they like it--thanks to an e-voucher programme set up by WFP.

With food prices high in Malawi's markets, many families are struggling to find enough to eat. A new programme by WFP is sending cash to the most vulnerable people through their mobile phones. This assistance enables them to buy more food and so keep hunger and malnutrition at bay.

On a 3-day trip to the Middle East, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin stopped at a food shop in Lebanon where Syrian refugees shop for food with vouchers. This allows families to buy fresh fruit and vegetables which aren’t normally a part of WFP food rations. Find out more