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Responding to Emergencies
16 June 2016

Ramadan In Zaatari Camp In Jordan, Not Quite Home for Syria's Refugees

The holy month of Ramadan is when families come together around one table at the same time every day for 30 days. But for many Syrians, Ramadan is not the big feast it used to be; it is a reminder of what they lost, what they long for and what they hope they will one day have again. In Zaatari Camp, where about 80,000 people live, big family gatherings around the “Iftar” table as they break the day-long fast is now a distant memory.

WFP is providing food assistance to more than half a million Syrians in Jordan through its innovative e-voucher (or e-cards) programme.

As we remember refugees around the globe on World Refugee Day on Monday 20 June, we remember the plight of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have left behind a whole life and family member they do not know when or if they will ever see again. 

Purchase for Progress
16 June 2016

Sowing The Seeds Of Nutrition As WFP’s Soya Beans Project Takes Root In Afghanistan

WFP works with farmers in Afghanistan to cultivate soy beans - both to fight malnutrition and as an economic investment.

Responding to Emergencies
15 June 2016

Ecuador Earthquake: Meet WFP Logistician, Sandra Torres

Sandra Torres is a WFP Logistician with over 18 years of experience. Coming from the Nicaragua country office, she is no stranger to harsh working conditions. With her level of expertise it is no surprise that when the earthquake struck the Ecuadorian coast in April, Sandra deployed immediately to assist.

14 June 2016

Drive for Inter-faith Action on Zero Hunger Gathers Support at WFP Event

“There needs to be a serious conversation on engaging with local faith-based groups.” 

14 June 2016

FamilyChef: Egyptian Rice Pudding

Welcome to FamilyChef, the recipe series of the World Food Programme (WFP). Explore the culinary treasures of refugees who take part in WFP's cash and vouchers programmes, initiatives that allows individuals to buy the food they need to cook their traditional dishes.

Food For Assets
14 June 2016

Sunshine Keeps a Community Smiling in Zimbabwe

"The sun that  scorched other people's fields because of El Niño is the same sun that has changed our lives" - Dominique Dingane.

9 June 2016

10 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy During Ramadan

It is important that staff maintain healthy, nutritious eating habits when observing Ramadan. Muslims worldwide are observing Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, as a month of fasting.

9 June 2016

R4 Insurance Initiative Triggers Payouts to Farmers Affected by El Niño

"We sow, and if the rains don’t come, the insurance allows us to still feed our children" – Aissata, a farmer in Medina Diakha, Senegal.

Students
1 June 2016

As Hunger and Despair Loom in Syria, a Student's Reflections on the World Humanitarian Summit

For two days, major players in the humanitarian community gathered at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, to discuss the current state of international aid and to call for change. It didn’t receive much attention, but a major focus of the summit was the involvement of youth in humanitarian responses. While many countries sent youth delegates and the summit featured a separate youth forum, No Lost Generation at The George Washington University was the only student-run organization invited to share our work as part of an exhibition fair at the summit. I traveled to Istanbul with six other GW students to participate.

Food For Assets
1 June 2016

Helping Farmers Cope With Climate Change - A Story From Malawi

WFP is helping farmers endure the effects of  El Niño in Malawi with an innovative approach to building resilience. 

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