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Preventing Hunger
26 August 2016

Helping farmers reach Zero Hunger in Sierra Leone

Usman Kanu is a rice farmer from the Masimera chiefdom in Sierra Leone. Thanks to his participation in WFP's rice farming project he has doubled his yields in the last two harvests and has been able to build himself a house from the profits. The project  funded by the Government of Japan  provides rural families with the tools and techniques to better cultivate the land around their villages. Rice production in the whole area has shot up by 186 percent, making Usman's experience just one of many success stories. As harvest season approaches this year, farmers are hoping for even better results. 

26 August 2016

How WFP Cash Transfers are Making a Difference to the Lives of Vulnerable People in Burundi

For years, the rains in Karusi province in Burundi have been below average. The insufficient rainfall has destroyed the livelihoods of people who mainly depend on agricultural production to provide for their families. WFP is implementing a food-for-assets project to boost the resilience of vulnerable people in Karusi and enable them to cope better with climatic shocks. The participants receive cash transfers which allow households to purchase food to meet their nutritional needs while they work on communal assets. Thanks to the support of the German Government, the project is targeting 1,630 of the most vulnerable households in the food-insecure communes of Bugenyuzi and Gitaramuka. 

Climate Change
22 August 2016

El Niño : Faces of the Drought in Zimbabwe

Recurrent climate-related shocks are one of the main drivers of food insecurity in Zimbabwe. Current food shortages have been exacerbated by one of the most devastating El Niño-induced droughts in recent history. Agriculture is particularly vulnerable because of the heavy reliance of smallholder farmers on rain-fed maize production. The effects of two consecutive years of drought are evident in widespread crop failure, livestock deaths and dwindling livelihood and income-earning options for the rural populace. Mwenezi, a district in Masvingo, has been hard hit. WFP is rapidly stepping up life-saving operations and reaching a growing number of people with food and cash-based relief as well as with activities designed to improve the resilience of farming communities. These are some of the faces and stories of people affected by the drought.

 

17 August 2016

Sharing Humanity: Murielle's Story

Murielle Bonostro can’t forget the young boy in Haiti whose life was turned around by nutritious food. To mark World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, team members from the World Food Programme share their stories about working in their own countries to help end hunger. The seventh in the series, this is Murielle’s story from Haiti.

Hunger TV
17 August 2016

WFP Philippines Staff: A Decade of Sharing Humanity

For ten years, these 16 humanitarian workers have dedicated their lives to helping reach Zero Hunger as part of the World Food Programme (WFP) in the Philippines.

Food For Assets
17 August 2016

Helping Returnees Rebuild Their Lives

In the remote district of Deh Sabz in the central highlands, locals are eagerly awaiting the completion of a new village access road that will enable children to get to school faster and improve access to markets and healthcare facilities.

17 August 2016

Sharing Humanity: Abeer’s Story

As a programme associate  in Yemen for the World Food Programme, Abeer Noman has survived airstrikes, evacuated staff and made sure her own family is safe. In the lead up to this year’s World Humanitarian Day, we’re sharing stories that celebrate the spirit of humanitarianism. This is Abeer’s story.

16 August 2016

Sharing Humanity: Hafiza’s Story

Hafiza Khan knows first-hand what it’s like to experience the aftermath of a super cyclone. To mark World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, Hafiza and other World Food Programme team members are sharing their stories about working in their own countries to help end hunger. 

Centre of Excellence Against Hunger
16 August 2016

10 Facts About Food and Nutrition in Brazil

Over the past decades, Brazil has made sustained efforts to reduce malnutrition, and its commitment has paid off. While all eyes are on the country for the Rio 2016 Summer Games, we look at ten things to know about food and nutrition. 

16 August 2016

Sharing Humanity: Besher’s Story

Besher, a driver for the World Food Programme in Syria, shares his story of working behind the wheel. It’s part of a series of local staff stories to mark World Humanitarian Day 2016.

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