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Nutrition
30 March 2015

Assisting Communities In Remote Northern Laos

Life can be difficult in northern Lao PDR with as many as two-thirds of villages not accessible by road during the rainy season and up to half of the population living below the poverty line.  Non Lao-Thai ethnic groups living in remote areas typically have lower health and education levels than the national average - partly due to poor access to services or cultural and linguistic barriers.  WFP is working in the remotest areas of Lao PDR to reduce undernutrition and improve access to health and education, especially for girls.  

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. 

Cash and Vouchers
27 March 2015

Philippines: Typhoon-Battered But Not Spent

When Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made its landfall in the province of Eastern Samar in the Philippines on 6 December 2014, many residents had never experienced a storm of such a scale. Melba Rivera and Wilmar Balagasay look back at the hardships they and their families endured and share how they have been rebuilding their lives after the storm through the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

Contributions to WFP
26 March 2015

How Development Partners are Making Malawi Flood Response Possible

Thanks to contributions from development partners including UKaid through the Department for International Development (DFID), WFP has been able to rapidly deliver life-saving food assitance to victims of the 2015 floods in Malawi.

Focus on Women
24 March 2015

"I Want Women to Be Empowered"- A Personal Victory in Colombia

Liliana has overcome adversity through hard work and has now inspired a whole community. At 28 years old, Liliana’s future was cut short due to conflict; she grabbed her few belongings and fled with her husband and three children to a safer area of the country. Today, her family situation is different, full of triumphs and accomplished dreams.

24 March 2015

Innovation In Somalia: Launch Of E-Transfer Cards In Bossaso

In February, Somalia became the second country in the world where WFP has launched its groundbreaking new system for managing assistance programmes, a platform known as SCOPE. The SCOPE information system allows WFP to monitor and control all its distributions of food, cash and vouchers electronically and in near real time. SCOPE also allows WFP to register beneficiaries, store information on the amount of food or money they are entitled to and – in the case of cash or vouchers – transfer the specific amount onto the cards. There was a buzz of anticipation as the first SCOPE transfer cards were handed out.

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.

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