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6 July 2017

Mastercard And The World Food Programme Announce 100 Million Meals Commitment

HAMBURG – At the Global Citizen Festival Hamburg, Mastercard and the World Food Programme (WFP) will announce a new commitment in their continued vision to reverse the cycle of hunger and poverty. Connecting Mastercard’s expertise in technology and digital innovation with WFP’s work providing vital food assistance and resilience-building programmes to vulnerable communities. 100 Million Meals is a truly global initiative designed to raise significant funds and “meals” for those in need around the world.

30 May 2017

Blockchain Against Hunger: Harnessing Technology In Support Of Syrian Refugees

MUNICH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deploying cutting-edge blockchain technology to make cash-based transfers faster, cheaper and more secure.

6 March 2017

Dubai’s Awqaf And Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) Supports WFP’s Humanitarian Operations To Help Refugees In Jordan’s Azraq Camp

DUBAI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently distributed 68,000 ready-to-eat meals to Syrian refugees living in Jordan’s Azraq camp, thanks to a donation from WFP’s partner the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) of Dubai Government through its halal food relief programme, Salma.

Responding to Emergencies
23 November 2016

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator In Jordan Announces The Resumption Of Life-Saving Humanitarian Assistance At The Jordanian-Syrian Borders

(Amman, 22 November 2016) – On Tuesday 22 November 2016, The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan announced the resumption of life-saving humanitarian assistance to an estimated 85,000 stranded Syrian at the Jordanian-Syrian borders, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP).

20 October 2016

Saudi Arabia Supports Syrians In Syria And Jordan

RIYADH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomes a contribution of US$6 million from the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) to support displaced Syrians inside their country as well as Syrian refugees in Jordan.

6 October 2016

WFP Introduces Iris Scan Technology To Provide Food Assistance To Syrian Refugees In Zaatari

AMMAN – The World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has introduced an innovative iris scan payment system in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, allowing 76,000 Syrian refugees to purchase food from camp supermarkets using a scan of their eye instead of cash, vouchers or e-cards.

Responding to Emergencies
5 August 2016

Cranes Deliver Life-Saving Assistance To Syrians Stranded At Jordanian Border Areas

AMMAN – Syrians stranded at the border with Jordan received this week much-needed food and other supplies in a unique operation that saw the aid hoisted by crane across the closed frontier.

Responding to Emergencies
4 August 2016

UN Agencies Deliver Urgent Relief To People Stranded At Syria-Jordan Border

AMMAN – World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director-General William Lacy Swing today announced the successful completion of a relief operation to provide more than 75,000 people with food and humanitarian relief items. 

7 March 2016

Germany’s Pledge Allows WFP To Restore Full Support To Syrian Refugees In Jordan

AMMAN – Thanks to a generous and timely pledge from Germany, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reinstated the full value of the electronic food vouchers it uses to provide vital support to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Syrians in Jordan in March.

29 February 2016

WFP Restores Full Rations To Syrian People Thanks To Unprecedented Donor Support

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that new funding, pledged during the “Supporting Syria and the Region Conference” in London earlier this month, will allow WFP to fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrians.

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