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Cash and Vouchers
9 February 2016

In Mogadishu, WFP Is Supporting The Most Vulnerable People With Cash-Based Transfers

Across Somalia, more than a million people are struggling to meet their basic food needs, particularly internally displaced people and the urban poor. With support from the European Union’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department (ECHO), WFP is now providing the most vulnerable people in Mogadishu with cash-based assistance so they can shop for the food they need. WFP is increasingly providing cash-based transfers in places where food is available in the markets, but lack of income prevents vulnerable families from accessing it.  

9 February 2016

“We Bend Like Reeds But Do Not Break” Coping With Drought In Haiti

WFP in Haiti is working with people there as they cope with the effects of a devastating drought, made worse by El Nino. Singing as they work helps this community through the hard labour of soil preservation and land restoration.

Fanm yo, nou se wozo, nou se wozo, se wozo nou ye, yo met boule nou, yo met koupe racin nou, lé la pli a tonbe n’ap boujonnen…”:

Women, we are reeds… they may burn us, they may cut our roots, when the rain falls, we will sprout again…”

3 February 2016

Drought In Ethiopia: 10 Million People In Need

Ethiopia is in the grip of its worst drought in recent history. More than ten million people are in need of assistance according to the Government and humanitarian agencies. On Sunday 31 January, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Ethiopia to see first-hand the consequences of the drought in one of the worst affected areas.

Nutrition
2 February 2016

Sierra Leone: Moms And Their Babies Are Returning To The Health Centres

Use of basic health services drastically reduced at the height of the Ebola outbreak. The population was hesitant to approach the health centres due to fears of either contacting Ebola or being labelled as someone affected by it. Getting mothers and children back to the health centres to access critical maternal and child health services has been challenging.

In partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone, The World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to increase uptake of services. Through the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in children aged 6-59 months and pregnant and nursing mothers at Peripheral Health Units (PHUs), WFP is also helping to improve the nutrition status of vulnerable groups, reaching more than 43,000 children and mothers across the country.

Students
29 January 2016

University of Notre Dame Students Fighting Hunger

Next month, students, educators and academic leaders from across the U.S. will come together to amplify their voices in the global fight against hunger at the annual Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit. Over 250 anti-hunger advocates will convene in Columbia, Missouri, 26-27 Feb. to exchange ideas on ways to stamp out hunger around the globe.

Food For Assets
29 January 2016

USAID Brings Smiles And Hope To Drought-hit Southern Madagascar

The south of Madagascar is suffering from recurrent drought, resulting in crop loss and affecting households’ access to food. 

27 January 2016

Action Needed to Prevent Starvation in Syria, Executive Director tells UN Security Council

World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director says the United Nations must unite to help avoid further suffering for those worst affected by the conflict in Syria.

Cash and Vouchers
27 January 2016

In Somaliland, WFP Assists Vulnerable People Facing Drought

Somalia’s rainy seasons are growing shorter and more erratic. In a country where most people make a living from livestock or farming, either too much or too little rainfall can destroy livelihoods and push families into destitution. The ongoing El Niño has led to floods in south and central Somalia, and intensified the dry conditions in other parts of the country, leading to a severe drought in Somaliland, where many people’s coping mechanisms are stretched to a breaking point.  The generous support from DFID, USAID, Germany and Sweden means WFP is able to support drought affected people in Somaliland in ways that are appropriate to each location. 

School Meals
26 January 2016

Cambodia: Daily Breakfast Key To Keeping Kids In School

Widespread poverty in Cambodia, especially in rural areas, means many families have to choose between sending children to school or keeping them at home to support the family. Regular hot meals at school help increase enrolment, retention and graduation, meaning 11-year-old Muon Malai and many more like her can aim high. 

Focus on Women
21 January 2016

A Mom's Struggle In Conflict-Ravaged Central African Republic

Nicole Sabiko, a young mom of 23 with four children, stepped into the new year the same way as she began the year before, and the one before that. Being displaced. Together with her children, she has been finding refuge at one of the many displaced people’s camps in Bangui, the capital of conflict-ravaged Central African Republic. How is she surviving?

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