Stories


Aid professionals
30 November 2011

IT Expert Keeps The Lights On In Somalia

WFP staff in Somalia depend on generators for power, but poor-quality diesel fuel in the country can lead to frequent breakdowns. To tackle the problem, a WFP IT expert has devised a custom filtering system which protects the generator from impurities. Deployed across the country, the system has helped to provide aid workers with a more reliable source of power.

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
28 November 2011

For World's Poor, Right Food Key To Beating HIV

For people living with HIV, eating nutritious food is essential. Proper nutrition, combined with medical treatment, means they can recover their health and resume productive lives. WFP supports some 2.5 million people in 44 countries through its HIV programmes. Here are three of those people.

Focus on Women
23 November 2011

In Colombia, Food Assistance Is Part Of Response To Violence Against Women

In Colombia, WFP assists many victims of sexual and gender-based violence, providing them with food assistance as they recover. As part of her work for WFP, Mariangela Bizzarri recently visited a town on Colombia's Pacific coast to meet some of these women and to assess the impact of the violence they have experienced. She sent us this personal account of one day of meetings.

Aid professionals
17 October 2011

What Do ICT Technicians And Usain Bolt Have In Common?

Somalia is one of the toughest places to work for a humanitarian worker. Security considerations affect everything – even getting an email system set up. Amos Mwea describes the challenges he faces installing a satellite dish at Mogadishu’s seaport.

Focus on Women
24 August 2011

WFP Women Leaders: Nancy Roman

Nancy Roman worked in journalism, in business, on Wall Street and in the non-profit sector before joining WFP in 2007. She is convinced that her multifaceted career before WFP prepared her well for the role of director of Communications, Public Policy and Private Sector Partnerships. In particular it has helped her develop WFP's work with the private sector.

Logistics
18 August 2011

Former Refugee Now An Aid Worker Helping The Hungry In Ethiopia

Fethi Mohammed knows what it's like to be a refugee. When he was young, his family fled from political turmoil in Ethiopia. Today, he's back in his native country delivering food to those in need.

Aid professionals
10 June 2011

Swiss Re joins WFP and Oxfam America in the R4 Initiative

Leading insurance company Swiss Re has joined WFP and Oxfam America in a strategic collaboration to link community disaster risk reduction with the benefits of financial tools like insurance and credit allowing poor households to invest in their future knowing that it will be protected when a drought or flood hits.

Aid professionals
19 May 2011

Vouchers Keep Food Moving Despite Syrian Unrest

The coastal town of Lattakia, in Syria, is home to thousands of Iraqi refugees, many of whom receive food aid through WFP’s new Electronic Voucher System (EVS). In recent weeks, Syria has also been home to an escalating wave of civil unrest. And yet, despite all the chaos, the system has continued to work.

Aid professionals
12 May 2011

On The Frontlines: Emergency Comms Expert Mick Eccles

From weathering mortar attacks in Somalia to navigating the conflict zone in Afghanistan, Mick Eccles' job training emergency radio operators is anything but boring. But there’s more than just radios to this bearded aid worker, whose casual manner and love of roses have won him friends around the world.

Logistics
30 March 2011

WFP In North Africa: Building The Communications Links

WFP's rapid response ICT teams are playing a critical role in ensuring that telecommunications are up and running to respond to the North Africa crisis. For IT assistant Hossam Metwally, the long days have paid off: he is seeing first-hand the importance of building the communications framework needed to deliver food aid.

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