WFP Staff In Ecuador And Colombia Share Experiences Of Assisting Refugees

Ecuador hosts the largest recognized refugee population in the region due to the large numbers of Colombians fleeing violence. WFP works with the governments of Ecuador and Colombia to provide food assistance to these people living along the border. Recently WFP staff working in Colombia met with WFP staff in Ecuador to exchange experiences on how to improve food and nutrition security to help displaced people and refugees rebuild their lives. Read more




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Three lessons the World Food Programme has learned on connecting smallholder farmers to markets

Smallholder farmers across the globe face a barrage of forces — from globalization, technological advances, and market liberalization, to privatization and climate change — that are disrupting and realigning their livelihoods. Previously well-established systems of political, social, economic and environmental resilience are shifting. Conflict, natural disaster, pandemics and economic shocks are apparently increasing in frequency and severity.

Helping Smallholder Farmers Build Stronger Businesses with Information and Communication Technology

Portable computers, tablets and smartphones have created new ways of accessing information. At the touch of a screen, we can check the bus schedule and decide whether to carry an umbrella. More and more, information and communication technology – often referred to as ICT – is also changing the way smallholder farmers do business.

Banishing Bushweight: Helping Small-Scale Farmers Earn Fair Prices

In Ghana, farmers sell their crops using an informal system called “bushweight”, under which they receive payment for only a portion of their marketed produce. Under Purchase for Progress (P4P), the World Food Programme supports these farmers to receive standard prices by using weighing scales, and to earn improved margins through the sale of quality crops. These efforts have raised broad awareness, and led to local solutions to ensure the fair reimbursement of smallholder farmers.

Purchasing Pulses to Support Women Producers

What does one bag of beans mean in the global effort to end hunger? It turns out, a lot. 2016 is the International Year of Pulses. It is also the first full year in which we are officially working toward the Sustainable Development Goals, which set an ambitious but attainable target to end hunger by 2030. An important part of this is improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers – especially women. We have found a way of doing this that also strengthens resilience and improves nutrition: buying more beans and peas.

UNHAS Expands Yemen Service

Not all airlines would marvel at the idea of landing a plane in Yemen’s war-torn capital Sana’a, let alone to repeat the feat not once, but regularly over a sustained period. But, the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service often operates flights to places commercial carriers would never go. In 2015, as major airlines pulled out of Yemen citing growing unrest, UNHAS Yemen was just being activated. Almost one year later and several flights down the line, the service has extended its activities in order to better respond to needs.

Dairy Supply Chains and School Meals Benefit from WFP’s Pilot Yogurt Initiative in Burkina Faso

Through its school feeding programme in Burkina Faso, WFP provides daily meals for 132,000 students. In May 2015, a new item was added to the menu: yogurt, a nutritious, locally-produced product which is well-liked among students. The yogurt is part of a new project in Burkina Faso, which builds upon WFP’s expertise in school feeding and supporting market access for small-scale staple crop farmers under Purchase for Progress (P4P).

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