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Cash and Vouchers
17 September 2013

New Food Vouchers Welcomed By Syrian Refugees In Zaatari

In Jordan’s biggest refugee camp, WFP has begun a shift in the way it provides food to families who have fled the conflict in Syria. Instead of traditional food rations, refugees are being introduced to vouchers, which allow them to start buying their own food. With products like cheese and eggs now more accessible, the initial reaction has been enthusiastic.

Responding to Emergencies
12 September 2013

WFP Head Urges More Support For Yemen Amid Ongoing Hunger Crisis

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos wrapped up a four-day visit to Yemen by calling for increased humanitarian relief for the troubled Middle Eastern country. More than half Yemen’s population are either hungry or on the edge of hunger as the result of a deepening humanitarian crisis on multiple fronts.

Nutrition
12 September 2013

4.000 Children Join the Puch Marathon to Support “Nourishing El Salvador”

Pizza Hut held its third edition of the Puch Marathon to support the activities of the project “Nourishing El Salvador” of the World Food Programme, which seeks to fight and prevent child malnutrition in the poorest and most vulnerable municipalities of the country.

Food For Assets
11 September 2013

Food-For-Work Helps Farmers In Mali Diversify Their Production

Through its rural development programme in southern Mali, WFP’s food- for-work activities help fight hunger in a region where chronic malnutrition rates are amongst the highest in the country. 

Students And Teachers
2 September 2013

In Timbuktu, More Food Means More Girls In School

As schools reopen in the conflict-affected region of Timbuktu in northern Mali, WFP is providing children in 300 schools with two meals a day. This emergency school feeding programme has seen an increase in attendance, especially for girls. 

Procurement
2 September 2013

Ethiopia: WFP Empowers Smallholder Farmers Through Purchase For Progress (P4P)

As the world’s largest humanitarian agency, WFP uses its procurement needs to boost agriculture in developing nations: in 2012, itbought US$1.1 billion worth of food and more than 75 percent of that was in developing countries. Now, through its Purchase forProgress (P4P) programme, WFP is procuring food from smallholder farmers, giving them a greater incentive to invest in theirfarms.

30 August 2013

UNHCR And WFP Chiefs Praise Kurdistan Region For Sheltering Syrian Refugees

ERBIL, IRAQ – As the exodus continues of Syrians into the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the leaders of the UN refugee agency and the World Food Programme paid tribute to the government here for giving refuge to almost 200,000 people, including some 47,000 arriving in the last two weeks.

29 August 2013

WFP Burkina Faso Begins Cash Transfers For Malian Refugees

WFP is piloting a cash transfer scheme for Malian refugees in Burkina Faso – the first activity of its kind for Malian refugees in West Africa.  

Statement
22 August 2013

WFP Mobilizes Food As Syrians Stream Into Iraq

Food for up to 185,000 people is on its way to northern Iraq where asylum-seekers from Syria are streaming across the border by the thousands in the single largest outpouring of refugees since the conflict began. Salma and Rushda are two mothers who made the arduous journey with their children.

22 August 2013

Mali: Waiting For The Rain

This year the rainy season in Mali has started late which may affect the harvest. Mali is just emerging from the 2011 food crisis and last year’s conflict which displaced many hundreds of thousands. The WFP is assisting the farmers in Segou, some 200 kilometres northeast of the capital, Bamako.

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