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Responding to Emergencies
14 January 2014

"It's About People": A Humanitarian Worker In Syria Reflects

Rasmus Egendal is WFP Syria Deputy Regional Emergency Coordinator. Here, he reflects on the enduring mission and values that motivate his humanitarian work.

Cash and Vouchers
14 January 2014

Afghanistan: Making Food Choices Possible

Designed as a safety net, WFP’s voucher programme helps vulnerable families in urban areas buy the food they need, giving them the choice and control over the type and quantity of food to buy.  At the same time, the voucher programme also stimulates local markets, as new customers, previously unable to afford regular food purchases, are now able to flock to the local shops.

Meet two such new customers, Farzana and Shakila from Herat City, who are using the WFP Food Voucher to make their lives better.

For Companies
13 January 2014

Yum! Brands' World Hunger Relief Has A Record-Breaking Year

With record-breaking donations and continued awareness-raising about global hunger, 2013 was a huge year for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief campaign. The relief efforts and ongoing campaign raised US$37 million in cash and food donations for WFP and other hunger relief agencies.

Nutrition
9 January 2014

ECHO Visits Bhutanese Refugee Camps In Eastern Nepal

Representatives from the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) visited the Bhutanese Refugee Camps in Jhapa district in Eastern Nepal to assess the overall living conditions of the refugees. ECHO has been one of the key and consistent donors to food assistance programmes for the Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.

8 January 2014

DSM And WFP Team Up To Fight Child Undernutrition In Swaziland

When Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Netherlands-based global sciences company Royal DSM, travelled around Swaziland, he was struck by the number of children in the community centres he visited who showed the clearest of all signs of chronic malnutrition - stunting.

Nutrition
3 January 2014

New Anti-Stunting Drive To Begin In Malawi

WFP is helping to build a more nutrition-secure Malawi through an innovative programme aimed at preventing stunting. Some 47 percent of Malawian children have stunted growth -- one of the highest rates in Africa. 

Responding to Emergencies
31 December 2013

In South Sudan, A Former Refugee Is Tired of Life In Camps

WFP is providing food assistance to tens of thousands of people who have fled fighting in South Sudan, with many seeking shelter in UN peacekeeping compounds. Bitiim is one of the internally displaced persons who received assistance from WFP. He says the camp he is staying in reminds him of his life as a refugee before South Sudan became independent, and all he wants now is peace so he can leave the camp in safety.

Nutrition
31 December 2013

All Hands On Deck To Battle Malnutrition

They say many hands make light work. And this is definitely true when tackling malnutrition. In Kudang, in The Gambia’s Central River Region, Community Health Nurses, mothers, fathers and grandmothers play a vital role in supporting the World Food Programme’s nutrition initiatives for malnourished children under 5. With so many people on board, it’s little surprise that the results are impressive. Here is one success story.
Preventing Hunger
30 December 2013

10 Hunger Facts For 2014

How many hungry people are there in the world and is the number going down? What effect does hunger have on children and what can we do to help them? Here is our list of top 10 hunger facts that everyone ought to know going into 2014.

Cash and Vouchers
24 December 2013

Philippines: Supporting Food Needs Through Emergency Cash Assistance

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing emergency cash assistance to the most vulnerable families hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Seventy-five year-old Carlos Celada is among those who have received this assistance, and shares how he will use the money he has just received. 

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