A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
A new feedback desk in Pakistan has opened a direct line between WFP and the people who depend on it for food assistance. In just a few short years, the service has already evolved into an essential part of WFP’s work in the country, informing its operations on the ground while making the agency more accountable to the people it serves.
A third successive year of flooding in Pakistan has hit millions of people already suffering from high food prices, malnutrition and poverty.
Anwar is head of WFP's sub-office in the northern Pakistan region of Swat. As a programme officer he oversees most of the organisation's activities in the area. These include school meals, Food-for-Work and nutrition programmes. Anwar's job involves a lot of coordinating with local administrations, which are of course involved in the planning and implementation of the programmes.
Pakistan is frequently confronted with a range of natural disasters, in particular floods, earthquakes, droughts and cyclones.
The first convoy of trucks carrying food from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help people affected by the 2011 monsoon floods had arrived in early September 2011. Badin district in Sindh was the first to receive the assistance, that was consequently distributed to 2.5 million people in the worst affected districts in Sindh and Balochistan.
Amena is one of the millions of people who saw their homes and land submerged by water during the monsoon floods which hit southern Pakistan two months ago. She and her family are reliant on WFP food aid as they wait for flood water to evaporate, so they can start to plant crops again.
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Mir Zadi and her family are among the over 5.3 million people who have hit by the latest floods to hit Sindh in southern Pakistan. They, like many of the flood victims, have already received WFP emergency food rations. Initial distributions will see 500,000 of the worst affected people receive a one-month ration.
One year ago, torrential monsoon rains unleashed a wave of flooding across Pakistan in what would become the worst natural disaster in its history. In response, WFP mounted a huge relief operation to assist over 8.7 million people. Today, flood victims are getting back on their feet with the help of food-based programmes designed to help them rebuild.
Canadian journalist and TV personality George Stroumboulopoulos wanted to see WFP’s work in the field before he agreed to be an Ambassador Against Hunger for the organization. So he went to flood-stricken Pakistan to learn all he could. His experiences are the subject of a TV special broadcast on Friday night.