A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
Diagnosed as HIV positive in 2011, Sabelo became badly malnourished as he struggled to keep his farm going and feed his family. He seemed to be on a downward spiral. But a combination of antiretrovirals, food assistance and nutrition advice turned things around. Today, he grows enough vegetables to keep himself healthy and earn an income on the local market.
“If we go into the bush to collect firewood, we risk getting robbed or raped – all sorts of things,” Maria Nabinto, a refugee in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), told the World Food Programme (WFP) earlier this year.
The Stewart family, which lives in a village in central Liberia, lost seven of its members to Ebola in just nine weeks. The two remaining adults - two sisters - are hoping that the rest of their family will be spared. They, like other survivors across the country, are receiving WFP food assistance to help them through the crisis.
The latest installment of “The Hunger Games” saga is playing in cinemas around the globe. The film shows an imaginary world in which most of the population lives in hunger and poverty. A fictitious bird, the Mockingjay, symbolizes a rebellion against this state of affairs - with a reluctant young heroine inspiring hope among desperate people. Here are five things that fans of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” could learn to help create a world with zero hunger:
After several delays due to insecurity, many schools have opened today in the conflict-torn Central African Republic (C.A.R.) As children are back in class, WFP's school meals programme has restarted. We followed Christelle, a 8 year old girl in second grade, during her first day of school in the capital Bangui, after a break of four months.
WFP helps the government enhance school meals in the Indian State of Odisha with iron-fortified rice. The initiative has won the approval of Roopteshwar, a schoolboy in the Gajapati district of eastern India.
In August, a devastating flood affected nearly two million people in northern Bangladesh. Laily, her husband and their son were some of them. They were forced out of their home by floods which ruined essential belongings and threatened their dreams for the future. “We could survive on biscuits when there was nothing else to eat,” Laily stated, referring to the micronutrient-fortified biscuits that the World Food Programme provided to 106,450 displaced flood victims.
In 2014, WFP-Burundi continued to support the reintegration of Burundian returnees in their communities. This was done through food-for-assets and food-for-training activities bringing together host communities and former refugees returning to Burundi from neighboring countries. In Makamba, a province in eastern Burundi with a high concentration of returnees, people who participated in a WFP food-for-training project can now earn a living.
In Sierra Leone, government authorities and humanitarian actors are fully engaged at all levels in the fight against Ebola. On 16 November, President Ernest Bai Koroma visited WFP logistics hub in Port Loko district. This forward logistics base has been constructed in support of the United Nations Mission for the Ebola Emergency Response(UNMEER) to accommodate the influx of supplies needed to scale-up Ebola response in rural areas.
The oldest inhabited city in the world, Aleppo is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and was once a popular tourist destination. It was also the industrial capital of Syria. Now it has become one of the world’s most dangerous places to live.