A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
Southern Africa is reeling from the worst drought in three decades. In Zimbabwe, more than four million people are struggling to put food on their tables. Without adequate and timely assistance, rural communities could lose years of hard-won development gains. WFP is evolving its response to hunger, using technology and cash-based transfers (CBT) to make a difference in people's lives.
Kalobeyei settlement in Northern Kenya opened in June 2016 and is now hosting close to 6,000 refugees, mostly from South Sudan. The hybrid settlement aims to integrate the refugees with the local population, creating a strong bond in trade, education, and livelihoods. In Kalobeyei, WFP is giving refugees their food entitlement almost entirely in the form of cash transfers known as Bamba Chakula.
Following three years of consecutive drought in the semi-arid south of Madagascar, it is estimated that 1.2 million people will be food insecure at the height of the lean season later this year and into 2017 – this number includes 600,000 in immediate need of humanitarian assistance. This report comes from the Androy region.
In Zambia, smallholder farmers rely on rain-fed agriculture and constantly face challenges such as erratic rainfall, fragile soil and poor access to markets. Climate change places an additional burden on farmers’ food security by increasing the frequency and intensity of shocks including drought and flooding. That is why WFP is helping farmers build their resilience to such shocks through the Rural Resilience Initiative (R4), an integrated risk management strategy which aims to strengthen farmers’ food and income security in an uncertain world.
By Evin Joyce and Arianna Tabegna
The World Food Programme co-hosts Breaking Bread, an interfaith event held during the UN General Assembly’s High Level Week.
Canadian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ginette Martin, recently traveled to Haut-Katanga province where she visited activities implemented by WFP with funding from the Government of Canada. Upon Ms. Ginette's return to Kinshasa, the DRC capital, we caught up with her to get her impressions of the mission.
As the World Food Programme co-hosts the interfaith event Breaking Bread during the UN General Assembly’s High Level Week, we ask what sharing this symbolic food means to you.
This year, WFP introduced mobile-phone based cash assistance for the first time in Cameroon. Cash transfers, which replace monthly food rations, provide the most vulnerable refugees and displaced Cameroonian families with freedom to buy the products of their choice, to meet their most urgent food needs. For some, it is not only a means of providing food for the family, but also an opportunity to engage in income generating activities.
On September 15-16, public and private leaders, researchers and advocates will convene in New York City at the annual Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Summit to address the use of “open data” in combating hunger and to showcase innovative open data success stories from across the world. Open data is data that can be freely used, re-used and re-distributed by anyone, and this summit is the largest gathering ever planned around open data in agriculture and nutrition.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has recently provided urgently needed food for more than 22,000 displaced people in northern Yemen, thanks to support from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO). It is part of WFP’s efforts to reach vulnerable families in 19 out of Yemen’s 22 governorates, supported by contributions from ECHO.