A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
For rural communities in South Sudan a road is not simply a way of getting somewhere, it is a life changer. The World Food Programme and its partners have been supporting communities to construct community access roads under the food for assets programme. Here's how it changed the lives of a small community in South Sudan's Greater Bahr el Ghazal region.
South Sudan's Greater Bahr el Ghazal region is prone to shocks such as droughts and floods, which often affect food security. The World Food Programme (WFP) and partners have been working on projects to support communities strengthen their resilience to climate variability and shocks through a combination of food and cash for asset creation activities.
Since 2012, more than 50,000 Malian refugees have sought safety in Mauritania where WFP has assisted them through monthly food distributions and nutritional assistance. In June 2016, WFP improved its assistance by providing cash-based transfers as part of the monthly assistance to refugees, giving families the opportunity to decide for themselves what to eat.
Using a contribution from USAID specifically for local maize purchase, WFP purchased 30 metric tons of maize directly from the Chigonthi Farmers Organization in mid-2016 which it then delivered to food-insecure households as part of its current relief response.
More than 60,000 South Sudanese refugees are hosted in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They have fled fighting in the Equatoria region of their home country. Most of them are women and children. While more are arriving daily, they are being settled away from the border at Biringi (Ituri province) and other sites in the province of Haut-Uele.
Raj Kumar Rijal works as the Senior Food Research Officer at the Government of Nepal’s Regional Food Technology and Quality Control Office (DTQC) in Hetauda.
In September 2016, Mr. Rijal had the opportunity to travel to Israel to learn more about “Feeding the Future: Food Safety and Technology in Times of Global Change" at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The training he received was part of a programme by Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) and WFP Nepal to strengthen government capacity.
Here Rijal talks to WFP about his experience.
Talibe Selmen Camara and people in his village Agoueinitt in the Wilaya of Guidimakha, the southern-most region of Mauritania have been suffering in recent years due to lack of rainfall. Droughts and land degradation have destroyed crops and threatened the food security of local communities across the region. Smallholder farmers have resorted to desperate measures in order to cope, selling vital assets or migrating. To help communities adapt to and thrive under climate change, WFP is supporting Governments to implement the project “Enhancing Resilience of Communities to the Adverse Effects of Climate Change on Food Security in Mauritania” under the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund. This four year project is already yielding concrete adaptation results after its first year of implmentation.
A glimpse into life under so-called Islamic State, in the words of those who escaped.
Heba and Adel are two of many smallholder farmers in the village of Mansouria in Upper Egypt’s Aswan governorate whose lives have been affected by climate change. Intense heat and strong winds have, in the past, led to substantial decrease in wheat production. Wheat is the region’s staple crop and the cornerstone of many livelihoods, leaving many households vulnerable to food insecurity and loss of income. To help farmers adapt, WFP is implementing a four-year project aimed at improving the capacity of farmers like Heba and Adel to adapt to anticipated reductions in food production from climate change and to build institutional capacity at all levels.