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4 March 2014

Once Hungry Child Now Scaling Highest Peak In Each Continent

On her quest to climb the highest peak in each of the seven continents, Nimdoma, a former WFP school meals recipient, has just conquered Mount Aconcagua in the Andes. It's the fifth mountain on her list, the highest one in Latin America.

Responding to Emergencies
28 February 2014

Syrian Father Fears Losing The One Thing He Has Left

The continuing crisis in Syria has left countless people homeless and jobless. As the conflict grinds on, many families move from one place to another, seeking safety and a way to support themselves. Aziz’s family, which is from Aleppo, has migrated across Syria, then into Iraq  and then back again to Syria.

Nutrition
27 February 2014

Hunger Costs Rwanda US$820 Million Annually

A groundbreaking new study has revealed that the effects of hunger and undernutrition in Rwanda cost the country US$820 million (504 billion Rwanda francs) annually -- the equivalent of 11.5 percent of its annual GDP.

Cash and Vouchers
21 February 2014

Colombia: Displaced Families Redeem "Virtual Vouchers"

In the first week of February 2014, WFP launched massive voucher redemption events in 4 municipalities in Colombia. This photo gallery records the events in Monteria (Cordoba), involving recently displaced Embera-Katío indigenous families, and in Puerto Asis (Putumayo), where more than 300 families benefitted from this voucher programme.

 

Responding to Emergencies
19 February 2014

South Sudan: Families Who Fled Conflict Now Return To Devastated Homes

The crisis in South Sudan has forced more than 700,000 people to flee their homes in search of safety. The UN World Food Programme has so far provided food assistance for around 250,000 displaced people, and is working to extend more assistance to people we can reach outside UN peacekeeping bases, including those who are returning to devastated towns like Bentiu in Unity State.

Responding to Emergencies
18 February 2014

Philippines: What 3 Survivors Are Doing 100 Days After Typhoon Haiyan

One hundred days have passed since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Visayas region of the Philippines, leaving thousands dead and a trail of destruction in its wake. WFP's Cornelia Paetz revisited people we interviewed in November 2013 to hear how they are getting on now, and what their hopes are for the future. Read about our first meeting with them.

Responding to Emergencies
14 February 2014

Hunger Crisis In The Central African Republic [Overview]

Conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, creating a humanitarian crisis in which food assistance is vital. WFP is distributing emergency food rations and working to scale up operations.

School Meals
14 February 2014

Honduras: National Authorities Inaugurate the 2014 School Year

“Education is very important. I want all of the children in Honduras to have access to a good education. No matter where they live, nor whether or not their parents have money”, expressed President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández.

Responding to Emergencies
13 February 2014

Syria: A Day In The Life Of A WFP Staffer

Simon Hacker, a Canadian national, works as a Logistics Officer for WFP in Syria. Based in Damascus, Simon is responsible for dispatching emergency food supplies for 150,000 people per day throughout the war-torn country. Here, in his diary, Simon describes a typical day in his life as he and his team attempt to proovide food assistance for 4 million Syrians each month.

Purchase for Progress
12 February 2014

Improve production, increase harvests, feed schoolchildren: a wager won in Senegal

At 200 schools in the Kedougou region of Senegal, children are now eating locally-produced rice, thanks to a programme financed by Brazil and implemented by WFP and FAO. Some 1,000 small producers provided 250 tonnes of paddy rice—half their total production—to school feeding programmes last year, and farmers consumed or sold the rest of their harvest on the local market, increasing their income. The initiative is a prime example of South-South cooperation and of integrated development set to expand.