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Focus on Women
30 March 2015

Philippines: Women Humanitarian Workers Contribute To Zero Hunger

Behind efforts to achieve Zero Hunger are humanitarian staff working tirelessly in the field or behind office desks. Here is the story of two women staff from the World Food Programme (WFP) Philippines, Haydee Balading and Charlyn Pendang, who contribute to addressing food and nutrition security in the country.

Responding to Emergencies
27 March 2015

South Sudan Conflict Ends Woman’s Hope Of Teaching And Leaves Her Hungry

Fifteen months of fighting in South Sudan has forced almost two million people from their homes, damaged farming and trade and devastated people’s lives. Elizabeth Nyalat, who is among 50,000 receiving food assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) in a place called Ganyiel, tells how the war destroyed her dream of becoming a school teacher. 

27 March 2015

Vanuatu: Picking Up The Pieces After Cyclone Pam

When Christine Manu saw the alert on her phone, she knew it meant trouble. It was time to grab her mother and daughter, and run. It’s cyclone season in Vanuatu, and the government sends colour-coded messages through radio and mobile phones advising people the level of intensity. 

24 March 2015

Nigerian Refugees Receive Food As Border Violence Continues

The only way to reach Sayam Forage, in a desert area of Niger's eastern edge, is on a bumpy road that never ends. Dusty shrubs flick by. The sameness of the landscape is hypnotic until we finally reach our destination, some 50 kilometres from the border with Nigeria.

Climate Change
24 March 2015

Tackling Climate Change In Upper Egypt

Climate change is a serious threat to smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt, one of the country’s poorest areas. Extreme heat waves usually have a devastating impact on their harvests and consequently their incomes throughout the year. In 2013, WFP launched a four-year project in partnership with the government to help farmers in southern Egypt cope with harsh weather conditions.

24 March 2015

School Meals in Chad: Building a Brighter Future

Chad suffers from chronic food insecurity. Conflict in Nigeria and other neighbouring countries has led to an influx of 450,000 refugees, placing more pressure on food supplies and disrupting local agricultural production.  WFP is working with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD) to provide hot meals for school children in Mao, in the country's Sahel region.

20 March 2015

10 Facts About Hunger in South Sudan

With many families in South Sudan unsure of where their next meal will come from, WFP continues to respond to the humanitarian crisis in the world's newest country.

19 March 2015

In Iran, School Feeding Helps Years Later

Because Zeinab could read and write, she is now a proud seamstress who earns a lot more money than she could have ever hoped for. More than 10 years after she had participated in WFP school meals programme, she continues to get the extended benefits of the vegetable oil ration she used to take home in exchange for attending school.

18 March 2015

Rural Resilience Initiative: Making A Difference To Women’s Lives

“Sometimes there is rain, but it is not well distributed. We lack good quality seed, and termites eat our plants.” These are, in the words of Binta Ndao, a Senegalese farmer and mother of seven, some of the challenges faced by subsistence farmers in Eastern Senegal. An innovative resilience-building initiative implemented by WFP and Oxfam America is helping farmers like her break out of chronic food insecurity.

18 March 2015

Vanuatu: WFP Responds To Cyclone Pam

Less than 48 hours after Cyclone Pam slammed into Vanuatu, WFP has mobilized experts in food assistance, humanitarian logistics and emergency telecommunications to support the relief operation. 

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