Alongside general food distributions which have now reached more than 2.5 million people since the earthquake, WFP has started a nutrition drive. We are delivering specialised food to prevent malnutrition to 53,000 children under five and 16,000 pregnant and breast-feeding mothers.
In the January/February edition of Foreign Affairs, Jack Goldstone writes a compelling piece on demographic trends, which all have implications on global hunger and how we address it.
WFP's Marcus Prior flew to Haiti soon after the earthquake to head up the public information team there. Since arriving he has followed every stage in the development of the emergency operation. A month after the devastating earthquake, he shares his personal reflections on the country and the humanitarian operation.
Ramiro Lopes da Silva of Portugal, a veteran of key WFP emergency operations around the world, is to take over as the organization's Deputy Executive Director of External Relations, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran announced to the agency's executive board on Monday.
For Zambia’s poor, collecting precious food rations often involves a long trek to a central distribution point and then a long walk back with a heavy load. But now, WFP is using scratch cards and cell phones to allow beneficiaries to choose when and where to pick up their food.
When a disaster strikes, humanitarian agencies like WFP need information more than anything else. They need a clear picture of the damage to roads and bridges, for example, to be able to respond fast. A new set of satellite maps produced by WFP helps provide this information.
When disaster strikes, among the first people in WFP to move are the telecommunications staff. In Haiti, they found landlines, cellphones and satellite communications all down. Yet within days they had connected humanitarian workers to each other and the world.
Actor Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith are helping WFP to raise funds to feed hungry children in Haiti by auctioning a special artwork signed by music artists who performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo last month.
WFP's SAFE stove project sets out to reduce the amount of time women in two African countries spend looking for firewood and hence to reduce the chance that they will be attacked or raped. At the same time, the project offers a way to help protect the environment from desertification.
School children in Kurdistan, northern Iraq, recently started receiving a daily snack designed by WFP to boost their nutritional intake and to help them concentrate. A nervous Robin Lodge went along to see whether the children liked the new date bars.