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Responding to Emergencies
16 May 2014

Helping Returnees Cope With Lean Season In North Kivu

Rebuilding life after months of displacement and destitution is always challenging for conflict-affected populations. In eastern DRC, WFP provides support to internally displaced people returning to their areas of origin in the early stage of their re-settlement so that they can get back on their feet.

Purchase for Progress
15 May 2014

Women Smallholders Reap Real Rewards In Malawi

A partnership between WFP and a farmers' co-op has had some far-reaching consequences for its members - and some unexpected benefits for the women on its management committee.

Responding to Emergencies
14 May 2014

Missing Family Members A Dark Reality For Many Syrians

As the Syrian conflict rages on, disappearances of family members has become a reality for thousands of people. Forty-two year-old Abu Hassan, who fled the violence in his rural home-town Al-Nashabeah, east of Damascus, and headed to the nearby town of Saboura, is still searching for his sister and her husband who went missing more than 18 months ago.

12 May 2014

In South Sudan, Woman Who Fled Fighting Wants Peace To Grow Her Own Food

Fighting in South Sudan has disrupted livelihoods and forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. In the Lakes State community of Mingkaman, where WFP and its partners are providing assistance to more than 95,000 people, many of the internally displaced people (IDPs) are longing for a return to peace, to enable them to grow their own crops.

9 May 2014

WFP and the EU: Sowing Food, Reaping the Future

An organic farming project in the Philippines is still yielding income, hope and prize-winning pineapples in the local community - even years after the original WFP-EU programme was completed.

School Meals
9 May 2014

Nicaragua: Saudi Date Palms Grow in Jalapa

The Municipality of Jalapa is one of the largest producers of staple grains in the country. A statue of Xilomen, the indigenous Goddess of Maize, stands tall and receives visitors in a park within the city centre, which is located 70 kilometres North East of Ocotal, in the Department of Nueva Segovia. But a local producer is growing another type of staple food. After tasting dates donated by Saudi Arabia to the Nicaraguan School Feeding Programme, Alejandro Aguirre planted two date seeds at home. He was surprised with the results.

Focus on Women
8 May 2014

Coffee Rust Crisis Leaves Many Guatemalan Families Struggling

The Coffee Rust Crisis is hitting families hard in the village of La Conquista. Take Iliana’s. They have switched from growing coffee to bananas. But the fruit sells for less, so the family is noticeably poorer. Iliana's husband has gone to Mexico to find work. Meanwhile, to save money, she has pulled her eldest daughter out of school. Times are tough. But support from WFP and the Government is making a difference.

For Individuals
7 May 2014

Nicaragua: "This Experience Changed my Worldly Perspective"

WFP Nicaragua staff member, Fabiola Chavez, participates in an EFSA for the first time. 

Her friendly face and huge smile greets colleagues, visitors, and vendors alike who come to the WFP Managua Office, where she has worked as a receptionist for the past five years.

 

Food For Assets
7 May 2014

Smart Cards Save Time And Money For Nepal’s Women Farmers

An electronic smartcard supplied by WFP is changing the lives of women farmers in rural Nepal. As well as helping them put food on the table during lean periods, the cards are also enabling women like Deurupa to get to grips with basic banking and numeracy.

Aid professionals
7 May 2014

When Feeding The World, Access Is As Important As Production

A truly comprehensive approach is needed now to address food insecurity and malnutrition at a global level, writes Brian Bogart, programme policy advisor at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

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