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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. 

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.

27 August 2014

WFP's Response To Ebola

The UN World Food Programme is scaling up its operations to provide food to around 1 million people living in restricted access areas in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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.

Responding to Emergencies
21 August 2014

Giving Refugees In Rwanda The Power Of Choice

Fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has resulted in more than 76,000 people seeking refuge in Rwanda. In Gihembe camp, Northern Province, where WFP and its partners are providing assistance to more than 14,500 people, a new cash programme is improving the dietary diversity of the refugees as well as empowering them by giving them the ability to decide for themselves what they eat.

21 August 2014

WFP’s School Feeding Programme In Algeria To Resume in October, After School Holidays

WFP, in cooperation with Italian NGO Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli (CISP), which focuses on development cooperation and humanitarian aid, completed in June 2014 its school feeding programme at Algeria’s Sahrawi refugee camps for the academic year 2013/2014. A total of 32,060 primary school children received a mid-morning snack over the span of 156 days. 

19 August 2014

Saving Lives and Responding Rapidly to Iraq Food Crisis

Since violence erupted across Northern Iraq, causing massive displacements in mid-June from Mosul and surrounding towns and villages, the situation has deteriorated rapidly. Conflict and political instability have forced 1.2 million people from their homes. Cars, packed with children, have been fleeing into the Kurdish region, where hundreds of thousands of people are already sheltering.