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Logistics
9 October 2014

Safe, reliable transportation to the most remote regions of Northern Mali

In Mali, even at the best of times, poor infrastructure and washed out roads in the rainy season make access to remote communities a constant challenge for humanitarian workers. Add to that the ongoing security concerns of the past two years, including frequent rocket-fire in the North and IED (improvised explosive device) explosions on roads, and humanitarian access can become very difficult.

9 October 2014

WFP's Response To Ebola Emergency

WFP is scaling up its response to the Ebola virus to provide assistance to around 1 million people affected by the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, delivering food alongside the health response. WFP is also assisting the wider humanitarian community with logistics, helping other organisations to get aid workers and critical supplies into the affected areas. Donate here

Disaster Risk Reduction
1 October 2014

Peru: Authorities Launch the National Plan for Disaster Risk Management for 2014-2021

The Government of Peru, through the Ministry of Disaster Risk Management of the Council of Ministers Presidency and representatives from the National Center for Risk Prevention and Disaster Risk Reduction (CENEPRED); from the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) and the National Center for Strategic Planning (CEPLAN), introduced on September 18th, 2014 the National Plan for Disaster Risk Management – PLANAGERD 2014-2021, which aims to reduce the vulnerability of the population and their livelihood against risk of disasters.

17 September 2014

Blog: A Community Approach To Managing The Ebola Threat

In Lofa County, one of Liberia’s most productive farming regions, rural communities have been deeply affected by the spread of the Ebola virus.  Frances Kennedy visited Barkedu where the Ebola outbreak has claimed more than 165 lives and the community is creating its own systems to manage the Ebola threat. The World Food Programme is stepping up food assistance to this and other communities who are struggling to feed themselves.

School Meals
5 September 2014

Rugby's Million Meal Challenge Set To 'Tackle' Hunger

With only a year to go until one of the most anticipated sports events worldwide, WFP and the International Rugby Board (IRB) have teamed up to raise funds and awareness about hunger at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Nutrition
3 September 2014

Cash Or Nutritious Foods: Which Is Better To Prevent Acute Malnutrition?

For the first time, a new study from Niger compares different malnutrition interventions within the same community and finds that specialized nutritious foods offer both an effective and affordable approach, writes WFP's Saskia de Pee, one of the study's authors.

29 August 2014

Blog: On The Road In South Sudan

South Sudan’s rainy season brings months of intense downpours. For aid agencies such as the World Food Programme (WFP), the country’s limited road infrastructure makes moving humanitarian supplies difficult – particularly in the rainy season.  After reports that swamped roads were blocking trucks on a route vital for food delivery, WFP dispatched a team to assess the situation. WFP’s George Fominyen went along.

Nutrition
27 August 2014

Colombia: The Effects of Drought in La Guajira

The prolonged drought in the Department of La Guajira in recent years has exacerbated the levels of undernutrition within the population, including children under 5 years of age. La Guajira is currently on alert due to the prevalent effects of food scarcity, lack of water and livelihoods insecurity. The World Food Programme (WFP) offers its support to the Government of Colombia.

Food For Assets
22 August 2014

Guatemala: A Story of Resilience

In the 1990s, WFP worked with the Government of Guatemala to support the most vulnerable and food-insecure communities through Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) programmes. Today, almost 20 years later, these communities continue implementing and improving the activities from the initial programme and are considered resilient.

Responding to Emergencies
21 August 2014

Giving Refugees In Rwanda The Power Of Choice

Fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has resulted in more than 76,000 people seeking refuge in Rwanda. In Gihembe camp, Northern Province, where WFP and its partners are providing assistance to more than 14,500 people, a new cash programme is improving the dietary diversity of the refugees as well as empowering them by giving them the ability to decide for themselves what they eat.

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