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Economic Impact Study: Direct and indirect impact of the WFP food voucher programme in Jordan

2014 — By Arif Husain, Jean-Martin Bauer, Susanna Sandström

The intent of this study is to estimate the economic benefits of the food voucher programme implemented by the World Food Programmeme (WFP) for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

The study employs a two pronged approach whereby the first component provides an analysis of the supermarkets that participate in the food voucher programme. It was estimated how the cash flow from the voucher programme is spent by participating retailers, allowing insights into direct effects of the food voucher programme on capital expenditures, the food sector, employment, and taxes. The second component is an input-output analysis to estimate the high-level indirect sectoral economic effects of the programme.

This study was jointly undertaken by WFP staff from headquarters, the regional coordination office and the Jordan EMOP office.