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Food For Assets
14 October 2013

Healthy People Depend On Healthy Food Systems

For many of the 842 million hungry people in the world, the answer is not a hand-out of free food. It's more about making local food 'systems' more productive and reliable so that nutritious food is always available, even to the poorest of the poor. But what is a food system precisely? And how can you make it stronger?

School Meals
14 October 2013

Bhutan: Children Learn To Grow Nutritious Food At School

Cabbage, chilli, peanuts, cauliflower, spinach, carrots...the garden of the lower secondary school in Yurung, Bhutan, probably has more fresh vegetables than your average neighbourhood market. Everything in the garden was grown by the children, who then eat their produce alongside the food provided by WFP and the government. In this way, WFP is supporting the community as it learns to produce more nutritious food for itself.

Contributions to WFP
14 October 2013

Global Brands Power Up For World Food Day

World Food Day is on 16 October and throughout the month, WFP’s partner companies are hosting a raft of events, rallying employees and clients to our common cause: ending hunger.

Purchase for Progress
12 October 2013

In Central America, Smallholder Farmers Get Plugged In To Markets

For generations Central American farmers have eked out a living growing the local staples of maize and beans, their harvests barely covering food and production costs. But today, some of the small rain-fed plots that dot the region are generating serious money.

Responding to Emergencies
11 October 2013

Syrian Refugees Get E-Cards To Buy Food In Lebanon

WFP has begun providing Syrian refugees in Lebanon with electronic vouchers they can use to buy food at local shops. Launched in partnership with MasterCard, the programme will help over 800,000 Syrians meet their food needs while giving a boost to the local economy.

Cash and Vouchers
11 October 2013

Syrian Father Explains Impact Of New E-vouchers

Ali, a 35-year-old Syrian refugee in Lebanon, has a lot on his shoulders. As he struggles to provide for his own family and that of his missing brother, an electronic food card from WFP is taking off some of the strain.

Cash and Vouchers
7 October 2013

In Somalia, Vouchers For Assets Empower Somalis And Create Ownership

In Somalia, the World Food Programme is shifting its focus from providing emergency responses to enabling vulnerable Somalis to improve their ability to deal with shocks. WFP helps people create communal assets, such as roads, and also provides training so that Somalis are better able to withstand future droughts and floods.    

Cash and Vouchers
7 October 2013

In South Sudan, Cash Transfers Offer Returnees Dignity And Choice

Since South Sudan gained independence in 2011, thousands of its people have returned from Sudan to their homeland. The World FoodProgramme is easing these families’ reintegration by providing food assistance and cash transfers. 

Responding to Emergencies
4 October 2013

Guatemala: WFP Assists 7,000 People After River Floods Homes

WFP is providing emergency assistance to 1,472 families from Nueva Concepción, in the department of Escuintla, after the Coyolate River flooded their houses, destroyed their crops and also blocked road access.

For Companies
1 October 2013

Millennium Hunger Target Within Reach

The latest figures on global hunger show that progress is being made. But despite the downward trend, achieving the hunger target contained in the first Millennium Development Goal will require a substantial extra push. School meals and programmes based on cash or vouchers are among the approaches that could help the world meet the challenge.