The United National World Food Programme is to provide emergency food aid to victims of drought in Jordan.
The United National World Food Programme is to provide emergency food aid to victims of drought in Jordan. An agreement on supply of the relief was signed in Amman on Tuesday (26 June) by representatives of the United Nations and the Jordanian Government.
The World Food Programme is providing wheat for almost a quarter of a million people affected by the drought. This emergency measure lasts for 45 days free of charge. However in some areas, those receiving relief will be required to work on local community projects.
Low rainfall in 1970 and '71 sharply reduced wheat harvests. Jordan needs 280,000 tons of wheat annually and the next harvest is not expected to yield more than 60,000 tons. Jordan hopes to cover some of the shortage by purchasing grain from syria and the United States. Countries friendly to Jordan are also expected to donate food and West Germany has signed an agreement granting Jordan 4,5000 tons of flour.
The agreement covering the United Nations relief was signed on behalf of Jordan by the Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Omar Nabulsi. Mr. Osman Yassein, the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, signed on behalf of the U.N. Also attending the signing were Mr. M. Mock, a World Food Programme adviser, and Jordan's Under-secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Khalil Loubani.