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School Meals
29 February 2016

In Kenya’s Low-Income Settlements, A Hot Lunch Uplifts Education

In Nairobi’s informal settlements, WFP is providing a hot lunch to around 82,000 pupils in 92 schools. School meals provide a critical safety net, encouraging more regular attendance at school and improving the enrolment and transition to higher education. School meals are a key investment in millions of people’s futures and they also boost the local economies. WFP's Martin Karimi explains.

School Meals
29 February 2016

In Kenya’s Arid Lands, WFP Hands Over School Meals To The Government

The World Food Programme and the Government of Kenya are providing school meals to 1.5 million children every school day. These are children drawn from some of the most food insecure places - arid or semi-arid lands, and the informal settlements around Nairobi. WFP is gradually handing over its school meals programmes to the national home-grown school meals initiative, writes WFP's Martin Karimi.

Focus on Women
28 February 2016

Combining education and provision of nutritious food to tackle malnutrition in Burkina Faso

It is warm and dusty in Diépergou, a village located about 15 kilometers from Bogandé in the eastern region of Burkina Faso. Habibata Thiombiano is nursing Youmanli, her 10-month old daughter, in the family courtyard. “I’m 45-years-old and Youmanli is my eighth child. If you had come here five months ago, you would have seen my daughter in a different state. She would nurse at night, but when she didn’t get enough milk, she would cry and cry, and I wasn’t able to get any sleep. She started to have diarrhea and lose so much weight that we started to lose hope," says Habibata.

School Meals
24 February 2016

WFP Haiti receives visit from the US Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator

On February 18th, 2016, WFP Haiti was pleased to host a visit from the United States Department of Agriculture including Mr. Phil Karsting, the Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service, as well as clerks of the United States Senate. The United States Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, Peter F. Mulrean, also attended the visit to the National School of Ganthier, a town right outside of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.

Purchase for Progress
24 February 2016

Radio Days In Afghanistan

Getting accurate and reliable market information has always been challenging for farmers living in Afghanistan’s remote rural areas. But a community-based radio is now playing a role in filling the information gap, reducing transaction costs and increasing farmers’ incomes.

Focus on Women
22 February 2016

Joint UN Initiative Empowers Rural Women in Rwanda

Rural women in Rwanda say a joint UN initiative is helping them both hope and plan for a better future, by empowering them with knowledge to improve and sustain their own livelihoods. The joint effort known as RWEE – which stands for Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women – is being implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN Women. It aims to help rural women create jobs both on and off farms, as well as explore market opportunities and end the cycle of poverty.

School Meals
19 February 2016

From Field To Table: Follow The Food In Haitian Home-Grown School Meals In 10 Steps

In Haiti, national production accounts for about 50% of food needs, with the difference covered by imports. WFP aims to set up sustainable mechanisms for the integration of locally produced, seasonally available food into school meal menus. A new WFP Home-Grown School Meals pilot project funded by the government of Brazil was launched in the department of Nippes in October 2015. The municipality of Petite Riviere de Nippes was chosen for its agricultural potential and variety of locally produced products, which allow for the project to buy directly from small farmers. The ultimate goal, more autonomy in Haiti, begins very simply, by investing in local production through local consumption.

Cash and Vouchers
19 February 2016

US Support Improving Lives In Malawi

With support from USAID, WFP is providing critical immediate and longer-term assistance to food-insecure Malawians.

Climate Change
18 February 2016

Ending Hunger: 3 Things That Need To Happen After The Paris Agreement

The World Food Programme’s vision is to eradicate hunger by 2030, a bold aim in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs require us to leave nobody behind and to meet the needs of those furthest behind first. The Paris Agreement, reached at COP 21 in December, prioritizes those most vulnerable to climate change, including the 795 million hungry people in the world today. While it is an unprecedented success, it needs to be backed up with urgent action.

18 February 2016

From Junior Professional Officer to Humanitarian Expert – The Journey of a Former JPO: Yoko Honda

Yoko Honda, Human Resources Officer, shares her experience and insight as a former JPO and gives her advice for those interested in becoming a Junior Professional Officer (JPO) with WFP.

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