In 2021, COVID-19 hit the country even harder in its second year, increasing the needs of many refugees and many Jordanians.
The food security of refugees significantly deteriorated in 2021, largely due to the loss of employment opportunities. WFP monitoring data showed that food insecurity increased from 67 percent in 2019 to 80 percent in 2021.
Due to programme expansion in response to COVID-19, WFP reached 112 percent of the planned beneficiaries assisting over 1.2 million Jordanians and refugees in communities and camps.
Financial shortfalls that emerged mid-year forced WFP to stop assistance to 21,000 eligible refugees; lack of funding and pandemic-related restrictions also reduced the number of people supported through WFP’s resilience activities. School feeding activities continued to be disrupted given school closures.
In 2021, WFP’s primary partner remained the Government. WFP continued the provision of its support to the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Aid Fund (NAF) the main social protection agency in Jordan.
It forged a new partnership with the Ministry of Social Development and strengthened its partnership with the Ministry of Education. WFP also supported the Government of Jordan in developing two national strategies, the National Food Security Strategy and the National School Feeding Strategy.