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Food For Assets
22 June 2014

WFP Supports Intensive Reforestation Campaign in Kyrgyzstan’s Jalal-Abad Province

Years of deforestation have left communities like that of Shaidan village in Kyrgyzstan’s southwestern Jalal-Abad province suffering from environmental degradation and limited agriculture. Thousands of hectares of thicket that had once protected communities from natural disasters such as landslides have shrunk alarmingly due to uncontrolled felling of trees for heating and construction. Now, with help of cash assistance from WFP the residents are working to expand their forests and protect their livelihoods.

Food For Assets
22 June 2014

WFP Supports The Rehabilitation Of A Water Reservoir in North Kordofan

At the site of a haffir, or water reservoir, in Shabboha, a small village near El Obeid, North Kordofan’s capital, residents of eight villages are participating in a Food-For-Work project implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP). The project, supported by the government of Japan, is run in partnership with Al-Sugya, a local NGO helping communities that have low access to potable water. When fully rehabilitated, the haffir will provide water to a population of 3,280 people.

School Meals
21 June 2014

Mali: WFP Helps Get Children Back To School After Conflict

In Northern Mali, a lot more children are finishing the school year than started it. This is in part thanks to WFP School Meals, with funding from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO).

WFP Ambassadors
20 June 2014

“Football Is Nothing – This Is Everything”: Chelsea Manager Mourinho On WFP Mission

With the World Cup underway in Brazil, one of the world’s most successful football managers, Jose Mourinho, was busy undertaking a challenge of a different kind – his first mission as WFP Ambassador against Hunger.

Responding to Emergencies
20 June 2014

In Ethiopia: The Plight Of South Sudanese Refugees Up Close And Painful

As field monitor for WFP Ethiopia's Gambella office, Pereleth Othieing is putting in marathon hours in the refugee camps and border points of western Ethiopia. His task: making sure the hundreds of South Sudanese refugees pouring into the country daily receive the food and nutritional assistance they desperately need. So far, nearly 150,000 South Sudanese have sought asylum in western Ethiopia, since conflict erupted in their homeland in December, 2013. 

20 June 2014

Building livelihoods, strengthening resilience in Burkina Faso

WFP is carrying out a number of activities to support rural populations in Burkina Faso and strengthen their resilience to shock. A lack of funding, however, threatens the continuation of these programmes.

 

Preventing Hunger
20 June 2014

Food Helps Returnees Settle Back In Afghanistan

On the Western border of Afghanistan with Iran, many Afghan refugees return home in need of assistance. WFP and its partners works to help them find their feet.

Cash and Vouchers
19 June 2014

Refugees Welcome WFP's Cash Option in Uganda

Despite it being a damp and cloudy day, WFP brought sunshine to the refugee settlement in Kiryandongo recently as they began their first cash distributions.  WFP’s objective in giving a cash option is to empower the refugees in meeting their families’ food and nutrition needs.

 

Food For Assets
18 June 2014

Building Resilience in Zimbabwe, One Village At A Time

Muzarabani – In the wilting heat of Muzarabani, a far-flung area 300 kms north of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, it is hard to imagine that crops can survive. The area lies in Zimbabwe’s arid natural region IV which receives little rainfall and, when it does, is prone to flooding. This is a story of how one village, once dependant on WFP food assistance, has defied the odds and recovered after a series of droughts and floods.

Nutrition
17 June 2014

Encouraging Breastfeeding To Help Improve Nutrition In Somalia

Over 200,000 children in Somalia are malnourished, 50,000 of whom are severely malnourished and face a higher risk of death.  WFP works with Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) clinics throughout the parts of Somalia it has access to in order to address the underlying and basic causes of malnutrition such as poor feeding practices and access to maternal health care.

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