A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
When Christine Manu saw the alert on her phone, she knew it meant trouble. It was time to grab her mother and daughter, and run. It’s cyclone season in Vanuatu, and the government sends colour-coded messages through radio and mobile phones advising people the level of intensity.
When Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made its landfall in the province of Eastern Samar in the Philippines on 6 December 2014, many residents had never experienced a storm of such a scale. Melba Rivera and Wilmar Balagasay look back at the hardships they and their families endured and share how they have been rebuilding their lives after the storm through the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Thanks to contributions from development partners including UKaid through the Department for International Development (DFID), WFP has been able to rapidly deliver life-saving food assitance to victims of the 2015 floods in Malawi.
Liliana has overcome adversity through hard work and has now inspired a whole community. At 28 years old, Liliana’s future was cut short due to conflict; she grabbed her few belongings and fled with her husband and three children to a safer area of the country. Today, her family situation is different, full of triumphs and accomplished dreams.
In February, Somalia became the second country in the world where WFP has launched its groundbreaking new system for managing assistance programmes, a platform known as SCOPE. The SCOPE information system allows WFP to monitor and control all its distributions of food, cash and vouchers electronically and in near real time. SCOPE also allows WFP to register beneficiaries, store information on the amount of food or money they are entitled to and – in the case of cash or vouchers – transfer the specific amount onto the cards. There was a buzz of anticipation as the first SCOPE transfer cards were handed out.
The only way to reach Sayam Forage, in a desert area of Niger's eastern edge, is on a bumpy road that never ends. Dusty shrubs flick by. The sameness of the landscape is hypnotic until we finally reach our destination, some 50 kilometres from the border with Nigeria.
Climate change is a serious threat to smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt, one of the country’s poorest areas. Extreme heat waves usually have a devastating impact on their harvests and consequently their incomes throughout the year. In 2013, WFP launched a four-year project in partnership with the government to help farmers in southern Egypt cope with harsh weather conditions.
Chad suffers from chronic food insecurity. Conflict in Nigeria and other neighbouring countries has led to an influx of 450,000 refugees, placing more pressure on food supplies and disrupting local agricultural production. WFP is working with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD) to provide hot meals for school children in Mao, in the country's Sahel region.
In Malawi, WFP is providing food assistance to hundreds of thousands of people who have suffered terrible loss as a result of unusually severe flooding. To Esnart Thomu and her family, the WFP rations are a life-line as they begin to rebuild their lives.
With many families in South Sudan unsure of where their next meal will come from, WFP continues to respond to the humanitarian crisis in the world's newest country.