A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
Buhera - The day starts early and ends late for Sekai Muzivi, a mother of four. Every morning, she walks seven kilometres from her village in Buhera to neighbouring farms to look for odd jobs. It is a daily gamble —sometimes she fails to find paid labour and even if she does, she is paid with only enough food for a few meals.
Conflict in South Sudan has hurt many families' ability to grow crops, and has left markets empty. WFP and our partner agencies have mounted an intensive humanitarian asistance operation that has brought relief to many remote communities, and food security is improving somewhat as the harvest comes in, even if it is limited in the places worst-affected by the fighting. But there are still serious concerns for the future as the conflict continues.
Elizabeth Neufville is on the front line of WFP's Ebola response in Liberia. In the following interview she shares her thoughts on the challenges she faces on a day-to-day basis.
The World Food Programme distributed cash and vouchers as part of its emergency response to the local population affected by floods in the Ñeembucu department, Paraguay. As many as 1.575 flood-hit families benefited from cash and vouchers, an innovative WFP modality under implementation in four districts of Ñeembucu: Pilar, Villa Albin, Cerrito and Umbu Island.
ERBIL, Iraq - Seven-year-old Shaimaa clutches her doll tightly, fearing she would lose it just as she lost her home and friends because of the “people with guns”. Shaimaa is one of 1.8 million people who were displaced from their homes due to the violence that raged in Iraq in mid-June.
Traffic near the United Nations in New York has come to a standstill. A row of TV satellite trucks is lined up neatly outside the big UN building. The sharpshooters have taken up their positions on the roofs.
With decades of conflict and a harsh geographical terrain, unemployment is high in Afghanistan. This is tough for families especially during the "lean season," the months before harvest time when food stocks and employment opportunities often dwindle to nothing.
WFP is running out of funds for its operations in Syria and neighbouring countries and we have reached a critical point where drastic cutbacks are unavoidable.
In Lofa County, one of Liberia’s most productive farming regions, rural communities have been deeply affected by the spread of the Ebola virus. Frances Kennedy visited Barkedu where the Ebola outbreak has claimed more than 165 lives and the community is creating its own systems to manage the Ebola threat. The World Food Programme is stepping up food assistance to this and other communities who are struggling to feed themselves.
A massive scale-up of the government's social cash tranfser programme necessited a major rethink of the data collection process. This is where WFP's Mobile Delivery and Tracking unit stepped in with an innovative technical solution.