AMMAN – Germany has again shown its commitment to support refugees and vulnerable Jordanians with a contribution of 65 million Euros (US$76.9 million USD) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Jordan for the years 2020 and 2021.

The contribution, provided by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, will enable WFP to continue supporting half a million refugees in communities across the Kingdom, including those living in the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps, through monthly cash assistance to meet their food and nutritional needs.  

“WFP is grateful for Germany’s continuous support, especially during the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic which has impacted already vulnerable groups in Jordan, driving them into increased food insecurity,” said Alberto Correia Mendes, Representative and Country Director to WFP in Jordan.

Germany is the second largest donor of humanitarian assistance in Jordan, and the largest single donor to WFP in Jordan. In 2019, Germany contributed a total of 89.3 million Euros (US$99.9 million) to WFP Jordan in support of vulnerable populations in Jordan.

Germany also contributed 6.1 million Euros (US$6.6 million) through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to support WFP’s school feeding, livelihoods and social protection programmes. This includes supporting the delivery of healthy and nutritious snacks to 420,000 of the most vulnerable Jordanian and refugee school children, implementing projects that provide work and training opportunities for vulnerable youth in agriculture, food production, home-based businesses, and innovation as well as WFP’s support to the National Aid Fund, Jordan’s largest protection programme, in expanding their assistance to vulnerable Jordanians.

In light of the growing needs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial contribution from the German government has helped to enhance the ability of the Fund to respond quickly using remote methodology and digitisation of payment systems.

 

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By NO Comment 20th December 2020

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