WFP Marks World Food Day With Focus On Bold Partnerships That Spur Change

Published on 14 October 2016

LILONGWE – To mark World Food Day on 16 October, the World Food Programme (WFP) is emphasizing the need for bold and constructive partnerships between governments, business and organizations that will create the requisite momentum towards achieving Zero Hunger and shaping a brighter future for millions of children.

“Ending hunger in our lifetimes is possible. We can build a world where everyone, everywhere has access to nutritious food – if we all work together, as partners,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “Whether in a humanitarian or developmental context, partnerships must be bold, strategic and innovative, and be measured by how they change the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people.”
Innovation plays a fundamental role in ensuring that partnerships catalyse and drive change, while also rallying ordinary people around the globe to take action against hunger.

WFP’s award-winning ShareTheMeal app has engaged a new generation of people in supporting this mission; more than 620,000 people have donated through a simple tap on their mobile phone, sharing over 8.2 million meals and following the impact of their donations via social media.

ShareTheMeal’s current goal is to provide school meals for an entire year to 58,000 school children in Zomba district in southern Malawi which has been severely affected by El Niño-related dry spells and is suffering from high levels of food insecurity.  

For World Food Day 2016, the ShareTheMeal app has introduced new community functions that allow users to rally around special moments when we gather and share food – such as weddings or birthdays – encouraging family and friends to make an even greater impact against hunger, together.
“Malawi is in an extremely vulnerable situation, with estimates showing that more than one in four people will be food insecure by the height of the lean season in the early months of next year,” says WFP Country Representative, Coco Ushiyama. “In hard times such as these, WFP’s school meals play a vital role, enabling children, particularly girls, to remain in school when their parents would otherwise take them out of class to help find food for the household. We encourage you to join ShareTheMeal efforts today.”

In 2015 WFP provided school meals to some 900,000 students in primary and pre-primary schools across 13 districts in Malawi.

Other WFP programmes designed to break the cycle of hunger in Malawi include productive asset creation, nutritional support for women and children in health centres, community resilience building and market access for small holder farmers.

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To learn more about WFP in Malawi: http://www.wfp.org/countries/malawi

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Sarah Rawson, WFP/Malawi, Mob. +265999972402,
David Orr, WFP/Johannesburg, Tel. + 27 11 5151577, Mob. + 27 82 9081417
Katharina Weltecke, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65133108, Mob. +39 348 2811 922