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30 January 2017

Executive Director – Second Term

The Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, told staff today that she will not seek a second five-year term and will conclude her service at the end of her current contract on 6 April 2017. She had earlier informed the Secretary-General of her decision and said she would be discussing the transition with him.

23 January 2017

Wanted: Your Ideas for Zero Hunger

The World Food Programme and Singularity University have launched the Global Impact Challenge, an open call for bold ideas to ensure sustainable access to local and nutritious food in emergencies.

23 January 2017

Family Chef: Merve’s stuffed beet leaves from Syria

Syrian mother of five Merve shares one of her favourite dishes as part of our series exploring the tastes of home for refugees and displaced families supported by the World Food Programme.

Cash and Vouchers
13 January 2017

How EU Funds Are Helping WFP Get Critical Aid To Vulnerable Somalis

A worsening food security situation, due to a prolonged drought and ongoing conflict in Somalia, is threatening to unravel the fragile progress achieved since the famine of 2011. More than ever, WFP is counting on its partnership with ECHO to assist in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable Somalis. 

10 January 2017

WFP SCOPE: Harnessing Technology For Improved Implementation And Monitoring

Since re-establishing its presence in the Philippines in 2006, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been working in conflict-affected areas in Central Mindanao in close partnership with local government units and communities to rebuild their assets following years of conflict and displacement. Now, WFP is improving its project registration, implementation, and monitoring system to streamline and balance project implementation and benefit project participants.

School Meals
23 December 2016

School meals just got better in The Gambia

Through the assistance of the European Union, WFP is promoting a pilot cash-based transfer in 24 schools across the Gambia through the Community and caterer cash transfer models to improve community participation and ownership. Food Management Committees who initially had challenges diversifying school meals are now providing children with more choices using locally available cereals, fruits and vegetables.Through the assistance of the European Union, WFP is promoting a pilot cash-based transfer in 24 schools across the Gambia through the Community and caterer cash transfer models to improve community participation and ownership. Food Management Committees who initially had challenges diversifying school meals are now providing children with more choices using locally available cereals, fruits and vegetables.

Food For Assets
22 December 2016

In South Sudan, Canada-Supported Community Roads link Population to Social Services

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. 

Cash and Vouchers
22 December 2016

Groundnuts Save the Day in South Sudan Thanks to UK Support

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. 

Cash and Vouchers
21 December 2016

Cash-based transfers give Malian refugees freedom of choice in Mberra camp

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.

Purchase for Progress
16 December 2016

USAID Support Boosts Income For Malawian Farmers

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. 

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