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4 September 2012

High Food Prices: Why This Is Different From 2008

Rice is stable, the global economy is weak and we are more prepared. Here are some of the reasons why, despite recent spikes in international food prices, the current scenario is different from the one which faced the world in 2008.

4 September 2012

How High Food Prices Affect The World’s Poor

When food prices rise, almost everyone notices. But for a poor family struggling to make ends meet somewhere in the developing world, the effects can be crippling. It's not only that they have a lower level of income. There are other factors that come into play. Read the statement by WFP and sister UN agencies FAO and IFAD

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29 August 2012

WFP Expresses Deep Sadness Over Killing Of FAO Employee In Somalia

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin has sent condolences to the Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization,  Jose Graziano da Silva, in the wake of the killing of an FAO employee in southern Somalia earlier this week.
The note, sent Tuesday, expressed the deep sadness of WFP staff over the death of a fellow humanitarian, who was working to make build a better life for ordinary people in Somalia.

21 August 2012

Breaking the Cycle of Hunger in South Sudan

During decades of conflict in South Sudan, food assistance provided a vital lifeline to people affected by the fighting. Now, the government of the newly independent country has set its sight on attaining food self-sufficiency.

ED - E.Cousin
20 August 2012

The World's Youngest Nation On The Road to Food Security

During her recent visit to South Sudan, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin travelled to Aweil, an area in the north west with some of the poorest food-security indicators in the country. While there, she met with small farmers who are transforming their communities with help from WFP food-for-assets programmes. She sent us this blog post to tell us about them.

16 August 2012

Air Drops Underway For Refugees In South Sudan

Emergency air drops have begun over South Sudan to reach refugees in Upper Nile State with urgently needed food. In South Sudan for a three-day visit, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said that air drops over the coming weeks would help to feed more than 100,000 refugees who have fled the fighting north of the border.

Aid professionals
15 August 2012

Afghanistan: New Humanitarian Mission For Lourdes

After winning the 2012 WFP Merit Award for her work in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, Lourdes Ibarra recently started a new challenging job as the Head of WFP's Herat Area Office in Afghanistan. On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, Lourdes talks about the difficulties and rewards of her career as a humanitarian worker. This article first appeared in the Huffington Post.

Responding to Emergencies
14 August 2012

Paraguay: WFP Brings Food to Flood-Stricken El Chaco

El Gran Chaco is a semi-arid hot and low land region that covers parts of Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay. In Paraguay, unusual torrential destroyed crops, affecting thousands of families, mostly indigenous and peasants. The Recaldes were among those families who were desperate to receive food rations back in June. Thanks to WFP and the Government’s assistance, this family and other are is slowly recovering.

10 August 2012

Ndeley Agbaw, Procurement Officer For West Africa, Senegal

Ndeley coordinates food procurement for WFP operations in the 19 countries of West Africa where WFP works. As well as sourcing food from the regional office in Dakar, this also involves supporting the organisation's country offices as they buy food locally. In the course of his work, Ndeley spends alot of time training staff and liaising with local authorities and traders.

10 August 2012

Anwar Gul, Programme Officer, Pakistan

Anwar is head of WFP's sub-office in the northern Pakistan region of Swat. As a programme officer he oversees most of the organisation's activities in the area. These include school meals, Food-for-Work and nutrition programmes. Anwar's job involves a lot of coordinating with local administrations, which are of course involved in the planning and implementation of the programmes.

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