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Cash and Vouchers
8 September 2016

Technology makes life easier for Malian refugees in Niger

Since the introduction of cash vouchers in 2013, WFP and UNHCR have been looking for a way to build a simpler, more innovative, secure and flexible mechanism that would respond to the needs of Malian refugees in Mangaize refugee camp. In August, this became a reality as the two agencies introduced the new e-Voucher system that will benefit thousands of refugees located in one of Niger’s harshest regions.

6 September 2016

In Tanzania, Farmers Reap Big Rewards with Patient Procurement Platform

The sun has barely peaked over the far off horizon, but Juliana Magulu is already awake and making tea before heading out to feed the chickens. There’s no rain this time of the year in Ukomora, a village tucked in the rolling countryside of Njombe region, some 700 kilometres south-west of Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

Purchase for Progress
2 September 2016

Improving Nutrition with Fortified Flour in Afghanistan

Tucked away on an industrial estate in the urban area of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, the Bakhtar Flour Mill may seem an unlikely location for a project that not only supports smallholder farmers, but also helps to improve the nutrition of hundreds of thousands of Afghans. 

School Meals
1 September 2016

Strengthened partnership, more yogurt-based school meals in Burkina Faso

The Ministry of Education and Literacy and the World Food Programme (WFP) are committed to promote the Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) model in Burkina Faso's schools with the financial support of Canada, Luxembourg and the Cartier Foundation. This partnership will strengthen WFP's capacity to provide school meals based on locally grown food to schoolchildren across the Sahel region. Kossam Saye Seno (KSS), a group of women farmers in Dori, the Sahel region's capital, partners with WFP to reach Zero Hunger in Burkina Faso by supplying local yogurt to nearly 3,000 schoolchildren.

School Meals
31 August 2016

Promoting School Gardens in Nicaragua

I never imagined that my colleague, Adolfo Reyes, head of the Bilwi Office, located on the Northern coast of Nicaragua, would grab a machete and gardening tools to “complement” his work with WFP. But he did just that, to prep the land for gardening right next to the WFP Office.

30 August 2016

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Cash and Vouchers
30 August 2016

Philippines: Building Bridges To A Better Life

In a village affected by conflict in Mindanao, in the Philippines, a bridge-building project supported by the Canadian Government is helping local people rebuild their lives and improve food security.

29 August 2016

10 Facts About the Cost of Hunger in Ghana

The Cost of Hunger in Africa study – so far conducted in 12 countries across Africa – shows the social and economic impact of undernutrition among children under 5, and its cost on these countries’ economies. Here we look at 10 things to know about the cost of hunger in Ghana. 

Preventing Hunger
26 August 2016

Helping farmers reach Zero Hunger in Sierra Leone

Usman Kanu is a rice farmer from the Masimera chiefdom in Sierra Leone. Thanks to his participation in WFP's rice farming project he has doubled his yields in the last two harvests and has been able to build himself a house from the profits. The project  funded by the Government of Japan  provides rural families with the tools and techniques to better cultivate the land around their villages. Rice production in the whole area has shot up by 186 percent, making Usman's experience just one of many success stories. As harvest season approaches this year, farmers are hoping for even better results. 

26 August 2016

How WFP Cash Transfers are Making a Difference to the Lives of Vulnerable People in Burundi

For years, the rains in Karusi province in Burundi have been below average. The insufficient rainfall has destroyed the livelihoods of people who mainly depend on agricultural production to provide for their families. WFP is implementing a food-for-assets project to boost the resilience of vulnerable people in Karusi and enable them to cope better with climatic shocks. The participants receive cash transfers which allow households to purchase food to meet their nutritional needs while they work on communal assets. Thanks to the support of the German Government, the project is targeting 1,630 of the most vulnerable households in the food-insecure communes of Bugenyuzi and Gitaramuka. 

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