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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Joint UN initiative to empower rural women

In seven countries worldwide, WFP’s efforts to empower rural women are being strengthened through a joint UN project with UN Women, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). By coordinating the four agencies’ respective areas of expertise in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Liberia and Rwanda, P4P has played a central role. The extensive networks and experience brought by P4P has provided a powerful platform to jointly empower rural women.

Farmers’ organizations driving change for rural women in Burkina Faso

Women farmers in Burkina Faso face a number of barriers to increasing their agricultural productivity and income. Many are the product of cultural norms that limit women’s access to productive resources such as land and agricultural inputs. Utilizing the leadership potential of farmers’ organizations and acquiring men’s support has proven to be effective in addressing these norms and empowering rural women.

Five rural women share their stories

Rural women in developing countries generally work around 16 hours a day. Not only are they responsible for tending their family farms for little or no profit, they also engage in a great deal of unpaid work, such as childcare and household duties. This work is both physically demanding and time-consuming, especially as women often don’t have the resources to purchase technology which could lighten their workload. Despite their hard work, women are generally excluded from decision-making within their own households and communities.

The Logistics of Responding to the Ebola Outbreak

The Ebola response is requiring the support of the entire humanitarian community. WFP is assisting UN agencies, NGOs and Governments with critical logistics support.

Coffee rust in Latin America showcases need for further improvements in smallholder resilience

The coffee rust outbreak devastating crops in Latin America has negatively affected local economies and is limiting smallholders’ ability to reinvest in their staple crop production. Though the increased capacity of smallholder farmers and their organizations enables them to better respond to shocks, the coffee rust outbreak has highlighted the need for increased efforts.

Five facts about connecting smallholders to markets in Mali

In rural areas of Mali, agriculture is the primary source of income. Smallholder farmers contribute to almost 90 percent of the country’s agricultural production, but have historically struggled to access quality markets, generally settling for low farm gate prices. Today, smallholder farmers in Mali are increasingly marketing their crops collectively to WFP and private sector markets, including sales to processing units and milling enterprises. 

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