Since December 2013, 226,000 people have fled the violence in CAR and have sought refuge in neighboring countries, Chad, Cameroon, Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) and Republic of Congo (RoC). All are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Cash and Vouchers Videos
Displaced by the conflict in the North, many families in Mali have difficulty meeting their basic needs. In the cities of Bamako and Mopti, WFP has established a cash transfer system that is progressively replacing traditional food distributions. The financial assistance allows families to choose and purchase their own food. For displaced families, cash transfers can represent a first step back to a normal life.
The theme of this year’s World Food Day is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.”
WFP has begun distributing electronic food vouchers, or "e-cards", to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The cards work very much like debit cards and look like them too. It's a way of simplifying life for refugees, who are now able to go into shops and buy food in the same way as any other customer. The programme is being rolled out, first in Lebanon and then in Jordan, with technical support from MasterCard.
A new voucher programme at Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya allows families to buy fresh fruit and vegetables from local food sellers. Not ordinarily a part of WFP's food ration, fresh produce makes a welcome addition to the diets of refugees, who are completely dependent on food assistance. The programme also gives a boost to the local economy providing growers and sellers with new customers to buy their food.