Jordan: Jordan Ends Bread Subsidies, Implements USDA-Style SNAP EBT Program

Jordan is replacing its bread subsidy program with targeted supports starting February 1, 2018. The new mechanism will deliver cash support of $241 million (to approximately 6.2 million Jordanians and Palestinian refugees) through a domestic hunger safety net system modeled on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and paid out through an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card. The system is structured to reduce fraud and waste. FAS Amman and the FAS Office of Capacity Building and Development have been instrumental in coordinating and providing the technical assistance for helping reform Jordan’s bread subsidy system. 

Jordan: Jordan Ends Bread Subsidies, Implements USDA-Style SNAP EBT Program