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4 January 2013

WFP Response To The Syrian Refugee Crisis

The conflict in Syria has led thousands of Syrians to flee seeking safety in neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. Food is one of their priority needs and WFP is responding with an operation to assist refugees in all five countries. WFP is providing assistance mainly through food vouchers redeemable in local shops as well as direct food distributions in some areas where beneficiaries cannot access markets easily.

2 January 2013

10 Things You Need To Know About Hunger In 2013

How many hungry people are there in the world and is the number going  down? What effect does hunger have on children and what can we do to help them? Here is a list of 10 facts that go some way to explaining why hunger is the single greatest solvable problem facing the world today.

Responding to Emergencies
28 December 2012

Snapshots From 2012

From the conflicts in Syria and Congo, to the drought in the Sahel region of Africa, 2012 threw up a challenging sequence of emergencies to WFP and its humanitarian partners. Here are 12 photos that look back on a year in WFP's fight against hunger.

27 December 2012

WFP Logistics - No Waters Too High In Pakistan

Responding to emergencies is what WFP does best - we are often the first agency on the ground during a crisis, in large part thanks to the skills and local knowledge of WFP's logisticians. And to get food to the hungry, the WFP logistics has to negotiate some very tough terrain. An emergency often requires a cargo drop from aircraft or a helicopter airlift, but there are other options too. Here's what the WFP Pakistan logistics team did in the 2012 floods in Sindh and Balochistan...

Aid professionals
20 December 2012

The Murghab Valley ‘Breakthrough’: A Victory For Humanitarian Assistance In Afghanistan

When everybody says "it can't be done", what would you do? Would you accept it as a fact or would you rise up to the challenge and find a solution? Read on for an inspiring story of commitment and dedication from WFP's team in Afghanistan.

Responding to Emergencies
19 December 2012

New Plan Unveiled To Assist Syrian Refugees in 2013

GENEVA – WFP joined other humanitarian aid agencies on Wednesday in unveiling an expanded plan to assist people fleeing fighting in Syria to neighbouring countries during the first six months of 2013.

Cash and Vouchers
17 December 2012

Malawi: Poor Farmers Get Cash Through Mobile Phones

With food prices high in Malawi's markets, many families are struggling to find enough to eat. A new programme by WFP is sending cash to the most vulnerable people through their mobile phones. This assistance enables them to buy more food and so keep hunger and malnutrition at bay.

Responding to Emergencies
14 December 2012

Humanitarian Community Needs $8.5 Bln For 16 Countries Hit By Emergencies

Aid agencies are collectively appealing for US$ 8.5 billion to respond to the humanitarian needs of some 51 million people in 16 countries in 2013. The figure, higher than any previous such appeal, was announced Friday by the heads of WFP, OCHA and Caritas Internationalis at a press conference at WFP’s Rome headquarters.

Contributions to WFP
14 December 2012

Japan Contributes Over $3 Million In Food Assistance For Vulnerable People In South Sudan

JUBA – The Government of Japan and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have signed on 4 December a new agreement in Rome for food assistance amounting to approximately US$3.125 million (250 million Japanese Yen) to benefit the most vulnerable people in the Republic of South Sudan.

Responding to Emergencies
12 December 2012

Mali: WFP Food Is Lifeline For Families Displaced By Conflict

More than 200,000 people have fled from their homes since conflict erupted in northern Mali earlier this year, worsening an existing hunger crisis brought on by the Sahel drought. Despite the logistical challenges and insecurity, WFP is managing to get food to many of the displaced families.