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Cash and Vouchers
27 July 2012

WFP And Partners Prepare For Food Shortages As Poor Harvest Hits Zimbabwe

Food shortages are on the way for the rural poor of Zimbabwe, according to a new report estimating that poor harvests could leave 1.6 million people in need of food assistance. With food needs on the rise, WFP and its partners are gearing up to respond with a combination food distributions and cash voucher programmes

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
24 July 2012

Breaking The Cycle Of HIV, Hunger and Poverty

Hunger and malnutrition are significant obstacles to the global fight against the HIV virus. A growing consensus of experts at the International AIDS Conference in Washington DC (AIDS 2012) agreed that helping patients with HIV meet their nutritional needs can make the difference between life and death.

Responding to Emergencies
12 July 2012

Sahel Campaign Blows Past Fundraising Goal

WFP supporters beat the expectations of a recent fundraising campaign by raising enough money to feed some 15,000 mothers and children in the drought-stricken Sahel for more than three months. Fundraisers said that was well above their goal and thanked the Dutch National Postcode Lottery for matching all of the donations during the campaign.

Responding to Emergencies
10 July 2012

Sahel Crisis: Where Are We Now? (Interview)

The Sahel region of West Africa has been struggling with a severe food crisis for several months now and, with its partners, WFP has rolled out emergency assistance projects in eight different countries. At present we are working to assist some 10 million people affected by drought and conflict. 

Aid professionals
6 July 2012

Interactive Maps Make Logistics Planning Easier

Getting food assistance to hungry people in Chad and other remote areas of Africa's Sahel region is hard at the best of times. And with the region now hit by a major hunger crisis, the pressure on WFP's logistics team is higher than ever. Some new mapping technology is providing welcome support.

Cash and Vouchers
3 July 2012

The Ultra Poor In Bangladesh: 140 Euros For A New Life

This article originally appeared in print in the German magazine, Maxi, for its July 2012 edition.  All text and photos are by David Weyand. What follows below is the full article, translated from German.

Aid professionals
1 July 2012

Dedicated Aid Worker Carries Olympic Torch For WFP

Laotian national Vadsana Sinthavong represented WFP at the Olympic Torch Relay in the UK on Sunday, carrying the Flame through the streets of Birmingham as it made its way to London to start the 2012 Olympic Games. Sinthavong was chosen to represent WFP from a large pool of candidates by WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.

29 June 2012

Sahel Crisis: 8 Questions Answered

For the third time in a decade, drought in the Sahel region of Africa is threatening millions of people with hunger. But how do people survive in these situations and what are we doing to help them? Here are the answers to eight questions about the current hunger crisis in the Sahel and WFP's response to it.

School Meals
29 June 2012

Cambodia: For The Smile Of A Child

Life was bleak for Srin Yor. She had no food, no education and no future. Only one thing kept her going: the garbage dump. But as life would have it, things changed and Yor’s life is now shining at “Pour un Sourire d'Enfant” (PSE), a school supported by the World Food Programme (WFP). 

Food For Assets
21 June 2012

Afghanistan: Helping Taza Qurghan Community Build Back Better

An 84-year-old Afghan man reflects on hand-to-mouth existence and on the importance of being food secure.


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