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Nutrition
28 April 2014

Ecuador: Delivery Truck Is A Dream Come True

We all remember our first car. We also remember the saving and sacrifice it took to get it. In Ecuador, a farmers' organization purchased its first truck recently, turning a dream into reality. It was partly thanks to a WFP programme in which the farmers learnt better accounting techniques. To show their appreciation, the farmers sent a photo of the truck to WFP's Gabriella Malo, who shares the full story here.

School Meals
25 April 2014

In Somalia, WFP Meals Transform Children's Lives: From Working Life To Student Life

There are 67 million school-age children worldwide who do not attend school. Poor rural families must often choose between sending their children to school or to work the fields. A daily school meal provides a strong incentive to send children to school and keep them there, and allows the children to focus on their studies, rather than their stomachs. In Somalia, WFP works with over 400 schools and provides daily meals to over 100,000 school children in the parts of the country we have access to.
Purchase for Progress
24 April 2014

Draft Animals Give Women New Lease Of Life In Zambia

The Women's Empowerment through Animal Traction (WEAT) project is being implemented in two districts, Mazabuka in Southern and Kawambwa in Luapula Province. Heifer International Zambia has worked with community structures and local leadership to identify beneficiaries for the project.

Preventing Hunger
23 April 2014

Afghanistan: WFP Food Assistance Helps Families Get Through Rough Winter In Kabul

In a make-shift tent campsite inside Kabul city, sits Sarake Panj Proja Tamani, an informal settlement that serves as home to hundreds of the poorest of the poor. The inhabitants live in extremely harsh conditions: inhabiting mud houses covered with fabric sewn together, with dirt floors, without running water, in an open area leaving them exposed to Afghanistan’s brutal winter.

Logistics
23 April 2014

Getting Humanitarian Aid To Madagascar's Remotest Areas

Soalala, Madagascar - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been providing assistance to some 5,000 cyclone-affected people in the north-west of the island. Getting food and other humanitarian assistance to remote areas is challenging but the expertise of the WFP-led Logistics Cluster, supported by an emergency cash grant of US$ 70,000 from the UN Office Coordinating Humanitarian Affairs, made it possible.

Purchase for Progress
22 April 2014

Nicaraguan Smallholder Farmers Working to Improve Efficiency and Stability

In Nicaragua, the World Food Programme (WFP) supports various activities with the aim of developing food security in vulnerable households. WFP’s initiatives in nutrition, education, and agriculture contribute to the strengthening of the government’s National Human Development Plan. Currently smallholder farmers produce 70% of the country’s staple grains. WFP purchases a portion of these grains to supply country programmes.

Focus on Women
22 April 2014

Teacher Helped by School Meals Inspires Girls in Malawi

Alice Kankhwala was one of the first students to receive WFP school meals in 1999. Fifteen years later, she is now a teacher, inspiring young girls to follow her example and complete their education too.

Focus on Women
22 April 2014

Nepal: Finding Opportunity In Soil

Previously unable to provide for her family's daily needs, Ratnadevi is now considered one of the most successful farmers in her community. Read on to find out how she turned her life around.

17 April 2014

WFP’s Cash-For-Training Opens New Doors To Jordan’s Youth

WFP launched a cash-for-training programme in Jordan that is breathing hope into the lives of young men like Nayef, 24, who has recently joined the vocational training centre in Irbid in northern Jordan. From a daily wager who could not guarantee his next job, Nayef is now looking forward to joining the skilled-workers’ world.

Responding to Emergencies
16 April 2014

Life-saving Assistance For Tanzania’s Refugees

Assistance from donors such as the UK Department for International Development (DFID) has enabled WFP to provide food assistance as well as address nutrition needs in Nyaragusu. DFID is currently one of the largest donors to WFP’s refugee operation in Tanzania. 

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