Palestine to benefit from UN World Food Programme

Published on 06 April 2009

United Nations has announced a year long food voucher scheme for around 30,000 Palestinians through their World Food Programme (WFP). Under the programme, developed together with the Palestinian Authority, families will receive eight vouchers per month, with a monthly value of $50, which they can use to buy items such as bread, eggs and milk. WFP Country Director in the occupied Palestinian territories Christine van Nieuwenhuyse said "The recent fall in global food prices has not yet translated into lower prices in local markets". "Palestinian families are now spending about 60 per cent of their income on food," she stated, adding that the new project would improve people's access to food, while also providing a financial stimulus to the local economy.

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