A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
Since 2013 nearly 560,000 South Sudanese refugees have sought safety in Uganda and WFP has assisted them by providing monthly general food rations to meet their basic food needs. Recently the WFP has introduced a cash programme, giving people the option to choose a cash allowance instead of food, providing them with the opportunity to decide for themselves what they eat.
In Gitega province, central Burundi, WFP is supporting the making and use of fuel efficient stoves by the rural community. The pilot project is funded by the German Government and has been welcomed by the people in Rushanga district.
The pilot phase of the Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative which began in 2010, has officially ended. Smallholder and low-income farmers who participated in it, as well as partnering organizations which trained them, unanimously agree that P4P has improved farmers’ lives and livelihoods, and more fundamentally, empowered them to approach farming as a business.
In Tanzania, about 80 percent of the population depend on agriculture and often irregular rain patterns for their livelihood. The weather can be harsh and unpredictable with seasonal rain patterns being capable of resulting in damaging floods or multi-year droughts.
During the 2015 short rains season, Kenya received greater than usual amounts of rains, owing to the El Niño weather phenomenon. While these rains greatly improved pasture and rejuvenated water sources in the livestock farming zones, they caused rivers to swell and breach banks, leading to widespread flooding in the lowlands. Tana River County was one of the coastal regions badly affected. Rains in the highlands, the source of Tana River, caused heavy flooding downstream, destroying crops and property.
Mohammed spent a year and a half living under the so-called Islamic State (IS) rule after they captured his home city of Ramadi, Iraq, more than two years ago. Finally managing to flee early last year, Mohammed and his family survived on food from the World Food Programme. Now, he is helping WFP prepare to support those who may be forced to flee the city of Mosul, as a military operation begins. Read Mohammed’s story.
Conflict and a severe economic crisis are causing increased levels of hunger among residents of urban areas in South Sudan. School meals provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) have become the only assured source of food for many children in Juba, the country’s capital.
WFP is promoting farming methods across Kenya’s drylands to help families better cope with the effects of a changing climate. Farmers who initially had difficulties putting food on the table are now producing more than they need – with some harvesting a marketable surplus.