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Responding to Emergencies
2 December 2013

All About The World Food Programme [INFOGRAPHIC]

The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded.

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
2 December 2013

Monica's Story: How WFP Food Helped Me Fight HIV

Twelve years have passed since doctors told Monica Julio that she had HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The mother-of-six is now a busy and valuable member of her community in South Sudan, and she attributes this to food assistance provided by the World Food Programme (WFP), which allowed her to stick to her treatment and inspire others to do the same.

2 December 2013

Farming Equipment Helps Communities In Zambia

In 2010, WFP partnered with Dunavant Zambia Ltd. to provide smallholder farmers with loans to buy tractors for ripping and ploughing. For one Zambian farmer, the purchase of a tractor has helped open up new business opportunities while benefiting other farmers nearby.

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
29 November 2013

Haiti: Protecting People Living with HIV/AIDS, One Bag of Rice at a Time

Many people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide are not able to get enough to eat. Health complications mean that many lose their jobs and their livelihoods are threatened. In Haiti, WFP plays a crucial role in protecting patients being treated for HIV/AIDS and their families by ensuring that the food they receive contributes to their health, safety and dignity.  

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
29 November 2013

WFP Staffer Breaks The Silence On HIV/AIDS

In 2000, long-time WFP Malawi office staffer Josiah Tepani found out he was HIV-positive. Instead of being the death sentence he feared, the virus transformed Tepani into a passionate champion -- a champion for ending fear and stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in his country and throughout the UN system. This year, 52-year-old Tepani is marking World AIDS Day by sharing his story.

Purchase for Progress
29 November 2013

South African Farmers Help Hungry People In Lesotho – And In So Doing, Help Themselves

By purchasing from small holder farmers, WFP and it's partners are making positive changes on both sides of the border. 

Responding to Emergencies
29 November 2013

Uganda: By Providing Food Assistance, WFP Helps Refugees Rebuild Their Lives

In Uganda, the World Food Programme has been helping refugees from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for years. In recent months, as conflict flared again, more desperate families crossed the border. WFP provides life-saving hot food and monthly rations in transit camps and settlements, enabling refugees to work on improving their own situations. 

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
28 November 2013

Zimbabwe Artist Paints Brighter Canvas In Spite Of HIV

When award-winning Zimbabwean artist Rogers Makunda discovered he was HIV-positive in 2009, he wanted to keep living and working as he had before. But that proved impossible, especially after his brother died and he found himself providing for several more children. Now enrolled in WFP’s Health and Nutrition Programme, Makunda is back at work – and looking ahead.

Responding to Emergencies
28 November 2013

WFP Delivers Life-Saving Food After Cyclone Hits Puntland, Somalia

A tropical cyclone slammed into Somalia’s northeastern coast on 10 November, killing at least 80 people, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Many of those who died were children or elderly people – those most at risk from hypothermia and exposure. Despite logistical challenges, the World Food Programme is providing critical assistance to affected communities while also looking to cater for longer-term needs. 

28 November 2013

How The Aid Effort In Philippines Got Connectivity

In humanitarian emergencies, communications is vital. As part of its response to Super Typhoon Haiyan, WFP is supporting the humanitarian community in the Philippines with IT and telecommunications services.

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