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School Meals Remain Indispensable in Kenya

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:51:36 +0000

The World Food Programme and the Government of Kenya continue to provide schools meals across the arid and semi-arid areas and in the poor informal settlements of Nairobi. The national home-grown school meals programme in Kenya is now reaching more than one million school-going children in Kenya, while WFP complements efforts in hard-to-reach areas, feeding an additional half a million.



Challenging Gender Stereotypes – Driving Change in Myanmar

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 03:24:20 +0000

When WFP in Myanmar informed Ms Khin La Pyae Won Myint Aung that she was selected for the position of driver in the WFP Country Office in Yangon, it was a dream come true. She has always had a passion for cars so was thrilled to have the opportunity to make a living by driving. The sense of accomplishment of getting a new job was enhanced by the feeling that, in doing a job typically dominated by men in Myanmar, she was also striking a blow for gender equality. 



Empowering Women Refugees in Uganda

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:24:38 +0000

WFP supports 1.1 million refugees in Uganda with life-saving food assistance, three times more than this time last year. In 2016, Uganda received the single largest refugee influx from South Sudan in its history with over 489,000 new arrivals. Eighty-six percent of the new refugees are women and children. On International Women’s Day, Noreen – a South Sudanese refugee tells WFP why she stands up for the rights of her community on food.



Working For Change by Changing Work: Nepal's First Female Forklift Operator

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 02:21:28 +0000

The logistics industry is generally seen as a man’s world. Typically, it is men that manage, receive, supply and transport goods. It is rare to find women involved in logistics work, particularly in traditionally patriarchal countries like Nepal where women’s work is often confined to household chores. WFP Nepal’s Logistics Unit proves an exception to the rule. The office actively hires women to be part  of the team and provides them with skills and trainings to build their logistics capacity.  



How Farmers in Kenya Are Beating The Effects of Drought

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:52:21 +0000

As the effects of drought continue stifling crop and livestock production across Kenya, some farmers in the worse affected areas have managed to beat this scourge. Having adopted small-scale dryland farming technologies, these farmers are able to continue feeding their families with produce from their farms. 



Herders In Kenya Expand Livelihoods To Cope With Drought

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:24:18 +0000

WFP is helping 650,000 food-insecure people living in the arid and semi-arid lands build resilience to drought. Together with partners, WFP is helping these families to build rural productive assets while transferring new production skills and approaches in order to enhance and diversify livelihoods. These activities are helping many better cope with the severe drought that is currently affecting Kenya.



In South Sudan, FAO and WFP help Bahr el-Gazal farmers increase their resilience

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:50:11 +0000

A joint programme by the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and their partners is supporting vulnerable community members receive financial compensation in exchange for work to construct infrastructure such as wells, and broaden their skills in community gardening to improve their livelihoods.



As Drought Intensifies, WFP Provides Life-Saving Support To Mothers & Children In Somalia

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:11:27 +0000

WFP is assisting young mothers and children with nutrition programmes in over 930 Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) centres across Somalia. In many centres, WFP works together with UNICEF, who treat severe acute malnutrition, while WFP addresses moderate acute malnutrition. With the United Nations warning of a risk of famine, these centres and others like it is just one of the critical ways that the international community can urgently and effectively address the impacts of the severe drought on the health of women and small children.



Cash Assistance for the Displaced: a Record Amount Distributed in DRC by WFP and UNICEF

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:03:45 +0000

More than 90,000 vulnerable people were assisted through cash transfers in Kanyabayonga, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in November 2016. The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with Mercy Corps, Diakonie and Programme d’Appui au Développement (PAP) carried out this operation to meet the needs of people displaced because of armed conflict in Lubero and Rutshuru territories, eastern DRC.



Executive Director – Second Term

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:22:10 +0000

The Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, told staff today that she will not seek a second five-year term and will conclude her service at the end of her current contract on 6 April 2017. She had earlier informed the Secretary-General of her decision and said she would be discussing the transition with him.



Family Chef: Merve’s stuffed beet leaves from Syria

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:00:32 +0000

Syrian mother of five Merve shares one of her favourite dishes as part of our series exploring the tastes of home for refugees and displaced families supported by the World Food Programme.



Wanted: Your Ideas for Zero Hunger

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:16:13 +0000

The World Food Programme and Singularity University have launched the Global Impact Challenge, an open call for bold ideas to ensure sustainable access to local and nutritious food in emergencies.



How EU Funds Are Helping WFP Get Critical Aid To Vulnerable Somalis

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:02:33 +0000

A worsening food security situation, due to a prolonged drought and ongoing conflict in Somalia, is threatening to unravel the fragile progress achieved since the famine of 2011. More than ever, WFP is counting on its partnership with ECHO to assist in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable Somalis. 



WFP SCOPE: Harnessing Technology For Improved Implementation And Monitoring

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 04:49:54 +0000

Since re-establishing its presence in the Philippines in 2006, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been working in conflict-affected areas in Central Mindanao in close partnership with local government units and communities to rebuild their assets following years of conflict and displacement. Now, WFP is improving its project registration, implementation, and monitoring system to streamline and balance project implementation and benefit project participants.



USAID Support Boosts Income For Malawian Farmers

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:21:46 +0000

Using a contribution from USAID specifically for local maize purchase, WFP purchased 30 metric tons of maize directly from the Chigonthi Farmers Organization in mid-2016 which it then delivered to food-insecure households as part of its current relief response. 



Aleppo: What WFP is Doing and How You Can Help

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:08:57 +0000

The humanitarian situation in Aleppo is catastrophic. The World Food Programme urges all parties to this vicious conflict to respect international law and common humanitarian princples and provide unconditional, unimpeded and safe access to those in need.  Read more about what WFP is doing and how you can help.     



Nepal: Building Government Capacity on Food Quality and Control

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:21:14 +0000

Raj Kumar Rijal works as the Senior Food Research Officer at the Government of Nepal’s Regional Food Technology and Quality Control Office (DTQC) in Hetauda. In September 2016, Mr. Rijal had the opportunity to travel to Israel to learn more about “Feeding the Future: Food Safety and Technology in Times of Global Change" at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.   The training he received was part of a programme by Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) and WFP Nepal to strengthen government capacity.  Here Rijal talks to WFP about his experience. 



South Sudanese Refugees In DRC: Impressions From The Field

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:11:06 +0000

More than 60,000 South Sudanese refugees are hosted in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They have fled fighting in the Equatoria region of their home country. Most of them are women and children. While more are arriving daily, they are being settled away from the border at Biringi (Ituri province) and other sites in the province of Haut-Uele. 



Voices From Mosul

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:51:24 +0000

A glimpse into life under so-called Islamic State, in the words of those who escaped.



Food Assistance Helps Drought-hit Families in Malawi

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:10:36 +0000

Thanks to the Government of Malawi and support from the governments around the world, millions of hungry and food-insecure people in Malawi can get through the lean season and nurture some optimism about the future.