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Food Security Analysis
3 September 2014

C.A.R.: Experts Start Mapping Families' Access To Food

Twelve months after the last such survey, a nationwide assessment is about to get underway in Central African Republic to measure how 'food secure' families now are. The Emergency Food Security Assessment is being carried out by WFP, C.A.R. authorities and NGO partners so they can see how to respond better to the needs of the population.

Nutrition
3 September 2014

Cash Or Nutritious Foods: Which Is Better To Prevent Acute Malnutrition?

For the first time, a new study from Niger compares different malnutrition interventions within the same community and finds that specialized nutritious foods offer both an effective and affordable approach, writes WFP's Saskia de Pee, one of the study's authors.

2 September 2014

Central America Battles Impact Of Drought And Coffee Rust

Some 2.5 million people in Central America need food assistance due to the combined impact of severe drought, the Coffee Rust plague and a spike in food prices. WFP is working with the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua to provide food assistance to 1.4 million people, but there are challenges. 

29 August 2014

Reduced Rains Affect Food Security In Kenya

Below average rains, increased food prices and conflicts, have contributed to a 15 percent increase in the number of people requiring food assistance.  A Long Rains food security assessment recently released by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) estimates that 1.5 million people are acutely food insecure and will require immediate food assistance over the next six months (September 2014 – February 2015). This is almost double the 850,000 that were in need during the same period last year.

Responding to Emergencies
29 August 2014

Ebola: WFP Food Brings Relief In Monrovia's Quarantine Zones

The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa has spread to major Liberian cities, including the capital Monrovia, which has become a major focal point for the epidemic. WFP’s Spokeswoman Frances Kennedy reports from the quarantined West Point neighbourhood. 

29 August 2014

Blog: On The Road In South Sudan

South Sudan’s rainy season brings months of intense downpours. For aid agencies such as the World Food Programme (WFP), the country’s limited road infrastructure makes moving humanitarian supplies difficult – particularly in the rainy season.  After reports that swamped roads were blocking trucks on a route vital for food delivery, WFP dispatched a team to assess the situation. WFP’s George Fominyen went along.

Nutrition
27 August 2014

Colombia: The Effects of Drought in La Guajira

The prolonged drought in the Department of La Guajira in recent years has exacerbated the levels of undernutrition within the population, including children under 5 years of age. La Guajira is currently on alert due to the prevalent effects of food scarcity, lack of water and livelihoods insecurity. The World Food Programme (WFP) offers its support to the Government of Colombia.

26 August 2014

Text Messages: A New Way to Fight Hunger in Senegal

In the Ziguinchor region, the World Food Programme (WFP) has implemented a new system that uses text messages, or SMS, to transfer money to people affected by food insecurity during the lean season. So far, this new method has benefited 55,000 people.

Food For Assets
22 August 2014

Guatemala: A Story of Resilience

In the 1990s, WFP worked with the Government of Guatemala to support the most vulnerable and food-insecure communities through Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) programmes. Today, almost 20 years later, these communities continue implementing and improving the activities from the initial programme and are considered resilient.

Preventing Hunger
21 August 2014

Life Comes Full Circle in Rwanda, A Staff Members Story

This week we celebrated World Humanitarian Day—a time to recognize our staff who are in the field, every day, building a better world for everyone. For some WFP staff, like father of two Laurent Nsabimana Nzajyibwami, it is not just a job but a way of life that he knows all too well.