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Cash and Vouchers
31 October 2012

Bolivia: Basilia Decides What Food Her Family Will Eat

Since she was a little girl, Basilia already knew about orchards. Her mother died when she was eight years old, meaning she had to leave school to take care of the orchards and the care and feeding of her little brothers alongside her father. Today, a WFP cash and vouchers programme, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), teaches Basilia and other women new techniques to cultivate orchards. The result is a better nutrition for their families.

Aid professionals
30 October 2012

Disaster Simulation Readies Telecomms Team For Emergencies

An immersive disaster simulation in Germany recently put the skills of an emergency telecoms team to the test with many of the same hazards and dilemmas that await them in the field. Armed militants and angry mobs were just a few of the scenarios participants had to negotiate in the process of setting up telecoms services for an emergency response.

Preventing Hunger
29 October 2012

WFP Joins The Fight Against Locusts In The Sahel

As families in the Sahel struggle to recover from this year’s hunger crisis, tens of millions of locusts threaten to swarm across the region devouring the new harvest. To ensure that doesn’t happen, WFP has airlifted insecticide to Mali and Chad in a joint operation with its sister agency, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

ED - E.Cousin
29 October 2012

WFP Partners Gather For Strategic Talks In Rome

As the world’s frontline agency in the battle against hunger, WFP counts on the assistance of thousands of non-governmental organisations and other partners to carry out its work in the field. On 29 October, the heads of more than 20 organisations will head to WFP headquarters in Rome to discuss how to strengthen those partnerships through new innovations and greater efficiency.

For Individuals
24 October 2012

Robotics Grad Remembers Childhood As A Refugee

Chep Makur Chuot was nine years old when his family fled their home in South Sudan. He spent the next 12 years in a refugee camp in Kenya, where WFP’s school meals programme helped him get an education. Now living in Australia, Chep recently finished his degree in mechatronic engineering and says he plans to return home to help build his country.

Preventing Hunger
23 October 2012

Infographic: All About WFP

Just how many people does WFP feed each year? How much does that cost and where does it get the money? Find the answers to these questions and more in this infographic about WFP—the world’s largest humanitarian aid agency.

[NB. This infographic has been updated. Go here for new version]

For Individuals
21 October 2012

WFP Remembers George McGovern

WFP remembers US Senator George McGovern, a tireless champion in the fight against hunger, who died today at the age of 90.

ED - E.Cousin
19 October 2012

World Food Prize Brings Global Leaders Together

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon joined WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and global leaders in the field of food security with a historic visit to the World Food Prize ceremony this week in the heartland of the U.S. to mark how innovations to solving hunger can be a powerful instrument of peace.

For Individuals
19 October 2012

Girl From Kenya Inspires 50,000 Meals On World Food Day

Inspired by the story of a young girl growing up in one of Africa’s biggest slums, WFP supporters rallied to provide more than 50,000 meals for World Food Day. Destined for hungry children in schools around the world, most of the meals arrived in the last hours of the campaign.

19 October 2012

Canadian Prime Minister Visits Senegal To Be Briefed On WFP's Operations In The Region

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Minister of International Cooperation, Mr. Fantino paid a visit to Senegal where they were briefed on our operations by WFP’s Regional Director, Thomas Yanga.

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