9 June 2009
Millions of people in the Horn of Africa face a deadly mix of persistent drought, poor seasonal rains, conflict and stubbornly high food costs. At the same time, the global financial crisis is threatening to exacerbate levels of hunger and desperation across the region.
13 March 2009
Thirty million people assisted, 30 years of cooperation, US$30 million in donations - a photo exhibition held in Beijing offered a graphic chronicle of WFP's collaboration with the Chinese government in the fight against hunger and poverty.
3 March 2009
Mulualem Tegegn bought a donkey last year - a proud achievement for this 58-year-old grandfather in the Amhara highlands of Ethiopia. WFP had a hand in making it happen.
20 February 2009
When drought gripped much of southern Ethiopia recently, farmers across the region lost their crops in parched fields and millions were pushed to the brink of starvation. But as the rains failed, some farmers managed to escape the worst that nature could throw of them.
11 February 2009
Thirty-two heavy trucks laden with wheat, oil and pulses are revving their engines as they prepare to roll out of the compound. On convoy days, the works starts early at WFP’s storage depot in Dire Dawa in eastern Ethiopia.
2 February 2009
After a succession of poor or failed rains, so many animals have been lost that often families can no longer support themselves. Current WFP estimates indicate that operations in 2009 will target more than eight million people.
14 January 2009
Wuditu Assefa spends much of her time travelling, talking to WFP partners and beneficiaries. She is a Field Monitor, based in Dessie in the north of Ethiopia. As she explains here, one of the things she monitors is the MERET project to reduce vulnerability to drought.
15 December 2008
Volli Carucci knows how to bring a brown, barren landscape back to life. A dry gully becomes an orchard; an arid hillside turns green with grass. The system is called MERET, which stands for Managing Environmental Resources to Enable Transition. Carucci helped develop it, as Heather Hill explains.
15 August 2008
Poor rains in the normally wet March-to-May period, compounded by high food and fuel prices, have hit the Horn of Africa region hard. Drought-affected people in the region now number 17.5 million.
6 March 2008
Sheila Sisulu, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, late Wednesday evening on a two-day mission to promote new WFP strategies to tackle the root causes of hunger and poverty.
- Lesson From A Famine: Markets Matter Source: Huffington Post
- Ethiopian farming co-ops begin record food delivery to UN for national relief efforts Source: UN News Centre
- Water-hungry Indian villagers find new reservoirs of solidarity Source: The Guardian
- Ethiopia: Safe water - a glass half full Source: IRIN
- Audio slideshow: A tale of two Ethiopian women fighting hunger Source: BBC News