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13 March 2014

For the first time, Somali farmers are turning themselves into suppliers of high-quality food assistance, which WFP will use to support their fellow Somali people. This landmark achievement comes less than three years after southern Somalia was hit by a devastating famine.

 

Food for Assets
10 December 2013

One of the World Food Programme’s main priorities is to strengthen communities so that individuals can support themselves and their families. Through its Food-for-Training activities, WFP provides food rations to encourage community members to participate in training that teaches practical vocational skills, such as literacy or tailoring. In Bossaso, in northern Somalia, women are learning how to tie dye cloth and make woven goods – skills that will stand them in good stead as they seek to rebuild their lives after fleeing their homes elsewhere because of conflict.  

Food for Assets
3 December 2013

In Somalia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have pooled their skills and expertise to enhance efforts to build resilience among local communities through a Joint Resilience Strategy. WFP contributes to this initiative through its livelihood activities, such as water catchment rehabilitation and canal irrigation.

Emergencies
28 November 2013

A tropical cyclone slammed into Somalia’s northeastern coast on 10 November, killing at least 80 people, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Many of those who died were children or elderly people – those most at risk from hypothermia and exposure. Despite logistical challenges, the World Food Programme is providing critical assistance to affected communities while also looking to cater for longer-term needs. 

School Meals
31 October 2013

School meals are at the heart of the World Food Programme’s fight against hunger. Last year, the world’s largest humanitarian agency provided school meals or take-home rations to 24.7 million children around the world. In Somalia, WFP’s school meals are helping to bring children back to class, and this is especially important for girls, who have often been expected to stay at home and help with chores. 

Cash and Vouchers
7 October 2013

In Somalia, the World Food Programme is shifting its focus from providing emergency responses to enabling vulnerable Somalis to improve their ability to deal with shocks. WFP helps people create communal assets, such as roads, and also provides training so that Somalis are better able to withstand future droughts and floods.    

Climate Change, Droughts, Food for Assets
31 July 2013

For villagers in the Abudwaq district of central Somalia, getting enough water has always been a challenge. After facing a devastating drought, the townspeople found a way to solve that problem, and built themselves a better future, with WFP's support.

Nutrition
19 March 2013

Somalia's rates of malnutrition are historically high, but education can help to tackle the problem. WFP's nutrition programme is not only helping women & children recover from undernutrition, but also teaching mothers how to protect themselves and their families against it.

Logistics
12 March 2013

WFP has completed dredging works in the port cities of Mogadishu and Bossasso, which has allowed larger ships to dock and more cargo to enter Somalia.

Urban Food Insecurity, Nutrition
5 February 2013

Somalia's food insecurity has eased, according to a new report by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation with the Famine Early Warning Systems Network. But, as a visit by WFP to Kismayo demonstrates, acute malnutrition remains alarmingly high, particularly among children.