The unrest in Syria has resulted in massive cross border movement of Syrian refugees, placing pressure on the country’s overstretched resources and aggravating the protracted economic crisis Jordan has been witnessing since the global food and fuel price increase in 2008.
The agricultural sector, a source of income for more than 15 percent of the population, continues to grapple with the challenges of scarce water supply, recurrent drought, urbanization and desertification, consequently producing no more than 8 to 10 percent of cereal requirements. Over 90 percent of cereal needs are imported, with Jordan amongst the countries most affected by international food price increases.
WFP is increasing its assistance to food insecure and vulnerable Jordanians who were affected by the economic crisis. In 2014, WFP plans to assist some 160,000 food insecure and vulnerable Jordanians who have been worst affected by the protracted economic crisis aggravated by the Syrian conflict. In addition WFP will assist 320,000 school children under the national school feeding project.