Could you eat like a refugee for a day?

In times of conflict, drought, or other crisis, people need food fast. One way to ensure that they get the food they need to survive is through the distribution of ration meals.

What is a typical ration meal? The World Health Organization says a typical ration consists of 450 grams of cereal, 50 grams of pulses, 50 grams of oil, and 5 grams of iodized salt per person per day.

In refugee camps around the world, people are given rations that may consist of items such as beans, rice, sorghum, maize, oil, and salt. For the Ration Meal Challenge, we are encouraging participants to prepare the recipe below. Join us in taking the Ration Meal Challenge!

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Rice and Beans Recipe


1/3 cup of dried red beans
2/3 cups water
½ tsp vegetable oil
salt & pepper, to taste

½ cup of Rice
1 cup water

1. Soak the beans overnight in cold water; drain.
2. Cook the beans and onion in the water for at least 2 hours.
3. When beans are tender, mash them up with the oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. Bring the Rice and water to a boil. Reduce heat to Low and cook covered for 12 minutes.
5. Divide the Rice and beans into 3 portions. One for breakfast, one for lunch and one for dinner.