Cash and Vouchers Videos
In the past three years, WFP has injected more than US$100 million into the Palestinian economy. It has done this by purchasing food for its assistance programmes from local producers and by investing in electronic food voucher programmes. During a visit to the Palestinian city of Jericho, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin met shoppers using the electronic vouchers to buy olive oil, salt and other groceries. Most of the food items are produced locally, so the programme helps support local businesses and generates employment. WFP reaches approximately 650,000 food-insecure, non-refugee households in Palestine – the poorest of the poor.
A joint UN survey carried out by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, WFP, UNRWA and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), found that in 2012, 34 percent of households in Palestine were food insecure, up from 27 percent in 2011.
In the Ecuadorian border area, WFP links small-scale farmer associations with schools and other safety nets, with a special focus on women. From the point of view of families and schools, results are measured in terms of diversified diets for children. Women farmers explain about this new way of working and how it has improved their incomes and livelihoods. Partnering local authorities explain how this contributes to integrate Colombian refugee families. (Available also in Spanish)
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.