5 November 2011
Communications Analyst, Mariko Hall, was in Nairobi recently as part of the flood of humanitarian workers arriving in the Horn of Africa to help with the hunger crisis. She was with WFP's crack emergency telecoms team FITTEST, which is always brought in to get vital communications systems in place fast. Sitting in a guest house where there's no power, she explains some of the challenges of setting up a COMCEN (Communications Centre) in emergency environments.
27 October 2011
Thirty years ago, local customs meant Fatuma's mother was under pressure to pull her out of school. Without the food offered at school, it's likely she would have dropped out. But she didn't. She got an education and then decided to devote her life to helping other kids do the same.Today Fatuma is a key figure in WFP's operations to support refugees in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.
26 October 2011
Dorte Jessen, a Danish national, worked as WFP's emergency coordinator in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya for two months recently. Since June, the camp has absorbed tens of thousands of new arrivals from famine-stricken Somalia. Dorte's diary gives a taste of what her days were made up of: not just food rations and aid shipments, but also royal visits and a race for flip-flops.
10 October 2011
Want to understand how high food prices really are? And how they're affecting the world's poor? Take a look at this infographic, which also underlines how hikes in food prices mean the poorest families have to make painful savings in areas such as health and schooling for their children.
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6 October 2011
Wilson Ereng, a driver for WFP in Kenya, went to school for the first time when his family’s livestock died and there was nothing to eat at home. The promise of WFP food kept him going to school for the next ten years and meant that he received an education. Here’s how he remembers those years.
4 October 2011
WFP’s food for assets programme is increasing access to food among vulnerable host communities while helping nurture better relations between the locals and refugees in the Dadaab area.
4 October 2011
WFP’s hospital feeding programme is making a difference for both patients and their carers in Dadaab.
26 September 2011
The rebuilding of an irrigation scheme in northern Kenya last year has turned out to be crucial for farmers like Nangor Lobongia. It has meant she and her family have avoided joining the thousands now queueing for food aid in the drought-hit Turkana region.
25 September 2011
The UN focused its attention to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa on Saturday, with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warning that the “crisis grows deeper by the day”. Looking for long-term solutions at a mini-summit, he cited programs in Ethiopia and Kenya which showed how "drought need not become famine"
7 September 2011
A special ready-to-use food is meeting the approval of those at the front line of the battle against malnutrition - the mothers of young children. Preventing malnutrition in the first two years of life is the best way to ensure children grow up healthy in mind and body.
- Food shortage crisis in Dadaab refugee camp Source: ABC News (Australia)
- Data drip: 'Smart' handpumps send signal that water has run out Source: The Guardian
- Kenya: Floods displace thousands, destroy crops Source: IRIN
- Insurance helps Kenya's herders protect against drought Source: CNN
- Mother Rescued From Slide Into Severe Malnutrition Source: Footcircles
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