USAID to give additional aid to WFP for refugees in Jordan

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AMMAN — USAID said on Sunday that it would give an additional $22 million in humanitarian assistance to help efforts to address the urgent food needs of refugees in Jordan, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

USAID said that the extra funding will enable the World Food Program (WFP) to provide food vouchers and monthly cash assistance to 465,000 refugees.

This new assistance will raise the total USAID contribution this year to nearly $89 million, which represents about one-third of the total WFP financial needs to provide food aid in Jordan in 2022.

Yet, despite the extra aid, WFP still suffers from a deficit of $34.5 million, which forced it, starting this September, to reduce by a third the amount of cash transfers for 353,000 refugees living in urban areas and other host communities in Jordan, said USAID.

USAID issued a statement expressing concern that these cuts will lead to more refugee families being evicted, and having to move to refugee camps.

USAID Mission Director in Jordan Sherry Carlin said that the current global food security crisis can only be addressed through global coordinated action, the commitment of countries to collective action, humanitarian aid, and investment in food systems, and urged other donors to continue supporting the Syrian people, in view of the scale and urgency of the needs.

According to the statement, the USAID’s Office of Humanitarian Aid enabled the WFP to provide basic food assistance to 465,000 Syrians and other vulnerable refugees in Jordan each month.

The statement indicated that since the beginning of this year, more than 80 percent of the refugees in the camps, and 90 percent of the refugees in the host communities, have been suffering since the beginning of this year, either from food insecurity or exposure to it.

The statement stressed that without the aid provided by the WFP with funding from the USAID, approximately 85 percent of all refugees in camps, and 70 percent of refugees in host communities, would not have been able to bear the cost of the minimum commodities they need to survive, including food.

In turn, the WFP said that support from the people and government of the US, amounting to $523.6 million over the past 10 years, has strengthened the program’s capacity and response to refugees in Jordan and enabled it to provide cash transfers to help half a million refugees to cover their food needs.

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