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ECHO And WFP Provide Food Vouchers To Syrian Refugees In Jordan
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More than 2 million people have fled Syria since the conflict began. WFP is assisting around half a million refugees in Jordan, including 80,000 in the Zaatari refugee camp, just 10 km from the border with Syria.
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Jordan, a chronic food and water-deficit country, is populated by 6.5 million habitants and is ranked 95th out of187 on the Human Development Index.

Despite the lack of economic and natural resources and the country’s sensitive location, Jordan’s economy has benefited from a tangible growth over the last decade at an average of 7 percent mainly triggered by the economic reform process adopted in the early 1990s. Nevertheless, poverty continues to be a challenging issue, with 14 percent of Jordan’s population falling below the poverty line of 680 JOD (US$960) per person per annum.

Jordan is one of the world’s four most water-deficit countries.   In the best season, the country produces no more than 3 to 4 percent of its cereal requirements. The agricultural sector, which represents a source of income for more than 15 percent of the population, continues to grapple with different challenges that are aligned around water scarcity, recurring droughts, urbanization and desertification.

 

 

Threats to Food Security: 
  • Decline in economic indicators
  • Low and erratic annual precipitation
  • Soil degradation
  • Insufficient food production
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  • over 18 million olive trees have been planted through WFP projects in Jordan
  • thousands of hectares of bare lands were developed into productive aread
  • 60% of fruit trees in Jordan were planted through WFP supported projects.
  • school feeding was first introduced in Jordan by WFP for a period of 10 years
  • the first Gender unit in the Ministry of Agriculture was established by WFP
  • Women in the field were enhanced and supported through the Gender unit
  • Women beneficiaries coprised over 50% of WFP's beneficiaries in Jordan
  • WFP has supported the restoration of Al-Hijaz railway in 1964
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School Feeding Project is funded by Russia and Canada. PRRO donor USAID

Latitude: 
31.9496841
Longitude: 
35.9263496
legacy ID: 
400
ISO31661_Char2Code: 
JO
ISO31661_Char3Code: 
JOR
ISO31661_NumberCode: 
400
ISO31661_Name: 
Jordan
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Climate: 
Mostly arid desert. Rainy season in the west (November to April).
Terrain: 
Mostly desert plateau in the east, highland area in the west; Great Rift Valley separates teh east and the west banks of the Jordan River.
Food production: 
Cereals, vegetables, fruits, poultry and eggs. Depends on imports for a substantial part of the food supply.
Annual harvest: 
May-June
Agricultural production (% of GDP): 
3.7
Human Development Index: 
0.770
Children under weight for age (% of children under 5): 
3.5
Population undernourished (% of total pop.): 
3
Global hunger index - label: 
Low
Global hunger index - value: 
<5
infant mortality rate per 1000 live birth - 2005 UNDP : 
22
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Crisis Active: 
No Crisis