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Responding to Emergencies
28 September 2012

Syria: Displaced Families In Homs Receive WFP Food

Over 1.2 million people are displaced inside Syria and some 250,000 people have fled the country and became refugees in neighbouring countries. Many of them left their homes, lives and had to flee with their families with only the clothes that they were wearing.

ED - E.Cousin
28 September 2012

Four UN Agencies Work To Empower Rural Women

Investing in women farmers could reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 100 to 150 million people. That was one of many insights which emerged at the launch of a joint project to empower farmers in seven different countries on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

ED - E.Cousin
27 September 2012

WFP at the UN General Assembly: Highlights

WFP’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin is in New York this week, taking part in a range of hunger-related events in and around the UN General Assembly. Here are the day-by-day highlights.

Aid professionals
27 September 2012

Weather Forecaster Helps Aid Workers Plan Ahead

Knowing whether it will rain or shine can make a huge difference for aid workers who frequently have to make decisions based on the weather. After a successful pilot project in South Sudan, WFP is bringing in a professional meteorologist for the first time who will work with the agency’s emergency preparedness team.

ED - E.Cousin
25 September 2012

Better Than Cash: Harnessing New Technologies To Fight Hunger

Digital food is the future of humanitarian food assistance, says WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin who joined with agency heads and private partners in launching the innovative “Better than Cash Alliance” on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Nutrition
24 September 2012

South Sudan: WFP Provides Lifesaving Assistance to Isolated Refugees

Refugees at the Yida camp in South Sudan’s Unity State say food rations and specialized nutritional assistance provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) are saving the lives of their children.

Focus on Women
21 September 2012

Healthy And Delicious - Ready-To-Use Nutritious Food A Treat For Kids In Laos

WFP in Laos is expanding its successful Mother and Child Health and Nutrition Programme to a second province. Young children in the remote north of Laos simply love the food they receive through the programme: Plumpy’Doz is a specialised nutritious food that helps prevent malnutrition. In an area where 50 to 60 percent of children under the age of five are chronically malnourished, the peanut-based paste is key to keep children growing strong and healthy.
 

Cash and Vouchers
20 September 2012

WFP’s Food Vouchers Make Hard Lives a Little Easier

Life has not always been harsh for Amer* (not his real name). Back in the Syrian town of Idleb, he had his own business as a clothing retailer and business was good. He never thought he would become a refugee let alone live on humanitarian assistance.

20 September 2012

Back To School? Meet The Kids Who Aren't Complaining

For most children in the developed world, going back to school at the end of the summer is hardly a cause for celebration. And the thought of the meals they'll get at lunch time is unlikely to fill them with joy. But if you talk to their counterparts in many poor countries, it’s a very different story. 

Responding to Emergencies
12 September 2012

WFP Assistance Eases Growing Expenses on Syrian Refugees

Syrian civilians have been fleeing violence in their home country to neighbouring Lebanon. Having spent most of their savings, life has not been easy on many families despite immense efforts to provide them with humanitarian assistance. They worry of rent expenses and an approaching winter, known to be harsh in the areas where there is a heavy presence of Syrian families; the north and the Bekaa Valley. However, at least food is one thing less to worry about.

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