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Emergencies
27 July 2011

Pandemics and large-scale disasters pose specific challenges to humanitarian emergency operations, especially in urban areas. Through a recent one-week pandemic simulation, WFP aimed to prepare countries in West Africa to face these challenges so that they can better assist vulnerable populations.

Ambassadors
28 June 2011

African pop duo Amadou and Mariam, who launched their new single Labendela in Rome on Monday, say their new role as Ambassadors Against Hunger for the EU allows them to be “flag-bearers” for the fight against hunger and poverty in countries such as their native Mali.

Climate Change, Droughts, Emergencies
28 May 2010

Some 10 million people in the Sahel region of West-Central Africa risk going hungry as the summer lean season arrives on the heels of a long drought. WFP is stepping up operations in four countries of the Sahel, to ease the suffering of those hardest hit.

Droughts, Food for Assets
14 December 2009

With sand clogging the channels feeding Mali’s Lake Faguibine, the area dried up and local people slipped deeper into hunger. The answer was simple: unblock the channels. Thanks to food assistance supplied by WFP, local people were able to do it themselves. Watch video


5 December 2009

Smallholder farmers in developing countries would have much to gain from vibrant agricultural markets. How to foster the development of these markets and ensure poor farmers have access to them are the key questions on the table in Rome at the Purchase for Progress Annual Review Meeting on 8-10 December.

Purchase for Progress
28 September 2009

In the first year of an exciting initiative funded mainly by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, 42,000 smallholder farmers all over the world have been involved in selling food to WFP through the 'Purchase For Progress' pilot programme.


4 November 2008

Rocky Oishi, winner of WFP's autumn staff story competition, describes what happens after he and other WFP team members are dispatched to develop rice fields in northern Mali. He talks about what he sees on the journey as he and the team head out to sites in Niafounke in the region of Timbuktu.


15 November 2007

In spite of previous devastating droughts and the advancing Sahara Desert, Timbuktu is green – thanks to a WFP reforestation projects. WFP’s spokesperson, Marcus Prior, accompanied Executive Director Josette Sheeran on a visit to the reclaimed land.


8 November 2007

The Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, will visit west Africa 12-16 November, to highlight the need for renewed attention on the region's ‘silent emergencies’.


19 September 2007

From West to East, some 1.5 million people have been caught in Africa's worst floods in decades. Use our quick guide to see how WFP is responding, region by region, country by country.