A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
“There is no food security without peace and no peace without food,” WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin told graduate students gathered at Georgetown University on 12 April. The event, Zero Hunger: A Foundation for Global Stability and Prosperity, was part of the university’s Global Futures initiative that engages the public sector, business and civil society in international affairs.
With the Ebola flare-up in March, the Government of Guinea and its partners have reactivated the emergency response mechanism to contain the disease. While the primary Ebola response is medical, logistics services provided by WFP including storage and transportation play a crucial role by allowing health workers and medical supplies to reach the patients on time. WFP has also set up emergency sites in remote areas of the country so that medical teams and humanitarian responders can tend to those in need. Apart from logistical support, WFP is providing food to 1100 people affected by the recent flare-up, and to their families.
Thanks to the generous support of the United States, WFP continues to deliver timely emergency relief whilst building the resilience of those most affected by the scourge of drought in Zimbabwe.
Twenty three out of the 61 children registered at the health centre in the village of Ojo de Agua suffer from nutritional problems. In response, WFP and local authorities began three months ago the distribution of Super Cereal Plus, a fortified blended food, in the village located in the municipality of Santiago de Puringla in the Department of La Paz.
School meals are a lifeline for more than 100,000 vulnerable children and their families across The Gambia. The European Union (E.U.) is one of the biggest supporters of WFP's school meals programme across the country.
WFP and the Cerrejón Guajira Indigenous Foundation have launched seed, food, and fodder banks in the communities of Jackutsira, Ishichon and Pesuapa, Colombia.
Santiago de Puringla is one of the 26 municipalities receiving support from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Honduras, through the Commission for the Prevention of Contingencies (COPECO), thanks to the financial support from the Embassy of the United States of America in Honduras which has contributed 75 percent of the funds received to serve drought-affected families.
A joint prevention of stunting programme - combining the work of WFP, UN sister agencies, the Government of Zimbabwe, non-governmental partners and local communities - is helping children in Zimbabwe reap the long-term benefits of a healthy start to life.
A Cuban team participated in a one-week visit to El Salvador for a knowledge exchange on how to link social protection programmes to local smallholder agriculture production. Cooperative’s managers and farmers, national and local government decision makers, representatives of the state agriculture company and WFP staff were able to learn about an efficient and sustainable management model in both the areas of agricultural production and food-based social safety nets. El Salvador is considered a good example of WFP’s collaboration with the government to achieve an effective food security management model.
Share the Meal, the app founded by WFP, is making waves. Lauded by media outlets from MTV to BuzzFeed to Vice for taking an innovative approach to solving hunger and named by Google as one of the best apps of 2015, Share the Meal recently won an Interactive Innovation Award at the 2016 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas.