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Preventing Hunger
5 November 2013

What Causes Hunger?

The world produces enough to feed the entire global population of 7 billion people. And yet, one person in eight on the planet goes to bed hungry each night. So why does hunger exist?

School Meals
31 October 2013

In Somalia, WFP Helps Girls To Feed Their Dreams

School meals are at the heart of the World Food Programme’s fight against hunger. Last year, the world’s largest humanitarian agency provided school meals or take-home rations to 24.7 million children around the world. In Somalia, WFP’s school meals are helping to bring children back to class, and this is especially important for girls, who have often been expected to stay at home and help with chores. 

Hunger in the news
29 October 2013

In Central African Republic, WFP Helps Farmers Get Back To The Land

Months of conflict in the Central African Republic have driven tens of thousands of people from their homes and farms, swelling the ranks of the hungry. WFP is providing  food assistance to around 200,000 people at present and, in the western Bouar district, is distributing food rations to farmers to ensure they can still work in their fields and produce food.

Purchase for Progress
12 October 2013

In Central America, Smallholder Farmers Get Plugged In To Markets

For generations Central American farmers have eked out a living growing the local staples of maize and beans, their harvests barely covering food and production costs. But today, some of the small rain-fed plots that dot the region are generating serious money.

Responding to Emergencies
11 October 2013

Syrian Refugees Get E-Cards To Buy Food In Lebanon

WFP has begun providing Syrian refugees in Lebanon with electronic vouchers they can use to buy food at local shops. Launched in partnership with MasterCard, the programme will help over 800,000 Syrians meet their food needs while giving a boost to the local economy.

Cash and Vouchers
11 October 2013

Syrian Father Explains Impact Of New E-vouchers

Ali, a 35-year-old Syrian refugee in Lebanon, has a lot on his shoulders. As he struggles to provide for his own family and that of his missing brother, an electronic food card from WFP is taking off some of the strain.

Cash and Vouchers
7 October 2013

In Somalia, Vouchers For Assets Empower Somalis And Create Ownership

In Somalia, the World Food Programme is shifting its focus from providing emergency responses to enabling vulnerable Somalis to improve their ability to deal with shocks. WFP helps people create communal assets, such as roads, and also provides training so that Somalis are better able to withstand future droughts and floods.    

Cash and Vouchers
7 October 2013

In South Sudan, Cash Transfers Offer Returnees Dignity And Choice

Since South Sudan gained independence in 2011, thousands of its people have returned from Sudan to their homeland. The World FoodProgramme is easing these families’ reintegration by providing food assistance and cash transfers. 

Responding to Emergencies
4 October 2013

Guatemala: WFP Assists 7,000 People After River Floods Homes

WFP is providing emergency assistance to 1,472 families from Nueva Concepción, in the department of Escuintla, after the Coyolate River flooded their houses, destroyed their crops and also blocked road access.

For Companies
27 September 2013

Christina Aguilera And Yum! Fight Hunger In New PSA

“Together, we can end world hunger” -- that's the new message from Yum! Brands and pop-singing sensation Christina Aguilera, to help raise money for the World Food Programme during Yum!’s World Hunger Relief campaign.

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Fighting Hunger Worldwide