Stories


Responding to Emergencies
6 August 2010

Simulation Software Helps Aid Teams Prepare For Emergencies

A cutting-edge new software package is helping rapid response teams be ready when disaster strikes. Known as DeMist, the programme simulates a wide range of emergencies, pitting aid workers in the same situations they face while responding to real-life crises.

Aid professionals
27 July 2010

Living, Working and Raising Kids In Kabul (Staff Profile)

There’s nothing easy about life in Kabul, but Mirwais Shinwary says he wouldn’t live anywhere else. After fleeing to Pakistan in the 1990s, he jumped at the chance to help rebuild his country and get his hands on some cutting-edge telecom gear as the leader of WFP’s crack IT unit.
Procurement
26 July 2010

Uganda: WFP Doubles Food Bought In Millennium Village

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran promised during a visit to the village of Ruhiira to double the amount of food that WFP buys from local women farmers. The beans produced in this southern village -- part of the Millennium Village Project -- go to feed hungry children in the north.

Nutrition
16 July 2010

Report: Latin America Should Focus On Child Nutrition

Central American governments are doing a good job of strengthening their social safety nets, but need to sharpen their focus on child nutrition, a new study by WFP reported this month. Here is a breakdown of the study's findings and recommendations.

Aid professionals
7 July 2010

London Seminar Tackles Media’s Hunger Coverage

“The F-Word: Hunger in the Media” was the provocative theme of a high-profile seminar in London hosted by WFP and Reuters Alternet to explore the challenges of reporting about hunger.  The event also featured a Live Blog, where an online audience could follow the debate and even take part.

Logistics
30 June 2010

Logistics Team Upgrades Ports on Tsunami-Struck Sumatra

A successful operation to bolster Indonesian ports after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami wraps up in July with a hand-off of means and supplies to local authorities. The WFP Logistics Support Unit trained over 232 port managers and set the ball rolling on a new degree programme at a local university.

Responding to Emergencies
28 June 2010

WFP To Spotlight Challenges For Media Covering Hunger

WFP and Reuters AlertNet will gather NGOs, journalists, commentators and policy makers in London on Friday to delve into the way hunger is reported in the media and explore the challenges involved in delivering food assistance in dangerous environments. Go to Live Blog

Aid professionals
14 April 2010

Burundi: Wireless System Keeps Tabs On Hunger

WFP is taking advantage of Burundi's new wireless network to ensure it always knows how people are eating, how much they pay for food and where potential pockets of hunger are developing. Staff on fact-finding missions update the central database with palm computers.

Aid professionals
6 April 2010

New Website Reaches Out To Arabic Speakers

WFP’s revamped Arabic language website offers a host of new features to help raise awareness about the fight against hunger among the world’s over 200 million Arabic speakers. The site will help generate support for food aid in the Muslim world.

Focus on Women
19 March 2010

Government of Japan to Support Healthcare Workers and Child Nutrition

New Delhi - WFP welcomes Friday a US$750,000 donation from the Government of Japan to support a comprehensive strategy to train woman in Madhya Pradesh to play an active role in delivering healthcare services and improving ...

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