Cash and Vouchers Videos
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.
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.