A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
They arrive by boat, tired, hungry and distressed after a 10-hour journey across Lake Chad. They are mostly women and children. And they need help. WFP has been supporting refugees fleeing escalating violence in Nigeria, in need of urgent assistance.
In 2014, WFP’s food assistance supported rural development and education in the Kyrgyz Republic improving the lives of tens of thousands of vulnerable people. WFP-supported projects last year included reforestation in Jalal-Abad provinces, rehabilitating an irrigation canal in Osh, school feeding in Naryn and vegetable gardening in Issyk-Kul. Here are people from various locations across the Kyrgyz Republic who received assistance in 2014.
A radio programme on child nutrition in the province of Las Tunas served as a platform for a group of mothers to express their views on the Chispitas para Crecer (Sprinkles to Grow, in English). This joint project of the Government of Cuba and WFP provides micronutrient powder to prevent and control anemia among children under 3.
GUATEMALA CITY. –Idalia López and Moisés Ramírez are Guatemalan smallholder farmers whose livelihoods have been devastated by Coffee Rust.
Newly introduced food vouchers enable schools to buy local products and purchase food more regularly. WFP’s initiative – piloted across 145 schools – ensures not only more nutritious food for children, but it also boosts the local economy and agricultural production.
Until the floods came, Esperança Gonçalves (34) had been living a quiet life, running her shop and earning enough to feed her family of six in Mocuba, Quelimane province, northern Mozambique.
The first batch of USDA food contribution for 2015-2017 to WFP School Meals Programme has arrived in Vientiane. The Super Cereal and vitamin-enriched vegetable oil will be transported to over 1,500 village schools, including the remotest areas of Laos, for community cooks to prepare a daily mid-morning snack for pre-primary and primary students. The nutritious snack encourages students to come to school, reduces hunger and helps the students concentrate in classes.
World Food Programme Communication Officer Marco Frattini witnessed the last peaceful hours of Bosso, Niger, at the border with Nigeria, only a day before the communities in the area were attacked by armed militants from Nigeria. Despite the difficult circumstances, the local communities have shown tolerance towards and solidarity with the Nigerian refugees who have been fleeing from the recent escalation of violence. As WFP food assistance continues despite the extremely dangerous security situation, this report brings to our attention the mixed emotions of both refugees and local communities in a "calm before the storm" atmosphere.
A newly launched alert system has the potential to dramatically speed up WFP's response in the aftermath of an emergency.