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Focus on Women
3 April 2011

On the last leg of her five-day trip to Kenya, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran visited Dadaab, one of the biggest concentrations of refugees in the world. While there she spoke to some of the Somali women and children who had arrived in the camps after fleeing conflict in their own country.

Droughts, Food Prices
2 April 2011

The number of hungry people in the Horn of Africa is growing and WFP aims to assist 5.2 million people as drought, rising food and fuel prices and conflict take their toll, said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran in a statement released on Saturday.


11 March 2010

WFP is ready to provide full assistance to any independent investigation into its food assistance operations in Somalia, where the agency aims to feed 2.5 million people in 2010.  "Our integrity is paramount," said Executive Director Josette Sheeran.

Emergencies
5 January 2010

Rising threats and attacks on humanitarian operations, as well as the imposition of a string of unacceptable demands from armed groups, have made it virtually impossible for WFP to continue reaching up to one million people in need in southern Somalia.

Droughts, Emergencies
19 November 2009

Spain is doubling its 2009 contribution to WFP to support the agency’s efforts to provide urgent food assistance to 20 million people in the Horn of Africa, where erratic rains, conflict and stubbornly high food prices have produced a prolonged hunger crisis.

Climate Change, Droughts, Food Prices
18 November 2009

Erratic rains, conflict and stubbornly high food prices are exacerbating hunger across the countries of the Horn of Africa. WFP is aiming to feed some 20 million people in the coming months.

School Meals
3 September 2009

As teenagers around the world think glumly about the return to school, there’s one in Kenya who sees her return as a triumph. And it is. After being raised in the world’s largest refugee camp, Fatuma Omar beat the odds to win a scholarship to Nairobi’s best girls’ school. Watch video

Food for Assets
28 August 2009

A novel food assistance program in southern Somalia has succeeded in helping a poor community on the Juba river to protect itself and its cattle from voracious crocodiles. It's also creating more land for farming.

Logistics
24 July 2009

Providing food assistance to millions of destitute people in Somalia is a difficult and dangerous business. As Deputy Country Director for the last two years, Denise Brown, has found that to get the job done she has to be both tough and charming.

Emergencies
14 July 2009

The flight of more than 200,000 people from Somalia’s war-torn capital Mogadishu since May is the latest chapter in the crisis in the Horn of Africa. It underlines how WFP must operate on all sides of the country’s conflict to reach the powerless and hungry.