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Preventing Hunger
9 November 2015

WFP Building Roads To Feed South Sudan

MAGWI, SOUTH SUDAN – When most people think of the World Food Programme (WFP) in South Sudan, the first image that comes to mind is an aircraft delivering food to people in need in a remote village. And that happens.  But there also is another side of WFP’s work in South Sudan that is little known, but is making an indelible impact on people’s lives. It is the image of bulldozers, diggers and compactors constructing roads. 

6 November 2015

Niger: Resilience Project Starts Bearing Fruit

Darey - Joyful villagers sit under a community hangar, smiling broadly. The topic of their conversation? The harvest season. It is raining constantly and the harvest outlook is encouraging, provided that rains do not stop halfway through the season. The villagers are not happy only because of the abundant rains, however. Thanks to a resilience project funded by USAID's Food for Peace programme and implemented by WFP and FAO, the villagers have been able to rehabilitate their land for agriculture and cultivate close to home.

6 November 2015

El Niño: What Is It And Why Does It Matter?

A quick guide to help you understand what El Niño is, why it can't be neglected and what the World Food Programme (WFP) is doing to respond.

4 November 2015

Cash Helps Drought-Stricken Farmers In Zimbabwe

Southern Africa is suffering a food crisis, with over 27 million* people facing hunger over the next six months. 

In Zimbabwe 1.5 million people are not able to access the food they need to be healthy. WFP's David Orr met hundreds of farmers in Sasula, central Zimbabwe, who have lost all of their crops to drought, leaving them without food and destroying their livelihoods. As they waited to receive cash distributions from the World Food Programme, they shared their stories and explained why this year has been such a difficult one.

*Source: Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)

4 November 2015

How I Became An International Aid Worker: Patrick McKenna

When it comes to creating a world with zero hunger, the World Food Programme (WFP) certainly wouldn’t be able to achieve it without the support of our private partners. Whether responding to an emergency, or providing ongoing funding and expertise to our programmes worldwide, WFP’s partners are crucial in ensuring we reach those in need.

Patrick McKenna is responsible for managing relationships with UK companies that support WFP. He tells us why a typical day in the office could see him in London, Malawi or even at a rugby match!

3 November 2015

FamilyChef: Samar's Mujaddara

Welcome to WFP’s recipe series. Find out how this Palestinian mother in Gaza cooks the traditional Levant dish, Mujaddara, using much less oil than the original recipe calls for. She buys all her ingredients using WFP food vouchers. 

Purchase for Progress
3 November 2015

Afghanistan: Innovative Initiatives To Achieve Zero Hunger

As part of its efforts to achieve Zero Hunger in Afghanistan, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been working, since 2006, with smallholder farmers, traders, commercial millers and Afghan factories to stimulate local food production, connect farmers to markets, and promote the entire food value chain by raising awareness about locally produced nutritious foods. The food value chain development has the potential to create job opportunities and provide reliable income sources to vulnerable families across the country.

Cash and Vouchers
3 November 2015

Philippines: Empowering Conflict-Affected Communities Through E-Cards

In conflict-affected Central Mindanao, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is helping displaced communities overcome food insecurity and promoting long term peace at the same time.

2 November 2015

10 Facts About Hunger In Afghanistan

Afghanistan faces enormous humanitarian challenges after three decades of war, civil unrest and recurring natural disasters. Just a week ago, an earthquake hit the northern regions of the country killing hundreds and causing extensive damage in mountainous areas. Here are ten facts to help you understand the food and nutrition situation in this country. Please help WFP raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter. 

30 October 2015

It's Quiz Time: Are You Ready To #TackleHunger?

As the players hang up their rugby boots and the pitches are cleared, another Rugby World Cup comes to a close. But how much do you know about the game - and the impact it has had on tackling hunger worldwide? Can you complete our quiz in just ONE TRY…? 

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