A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa has spread to major Liberian cities, including the capital Monrovia, which has become a major focal point for the epidemic. WFP’s Spokeswoman Frances Kennedy reports from the quarantined West Point neighbourhood.
Zero Hunger is ambitious, but it’s achievable. Working together, we can help change people’s lives for the better, and we can reach our goal of ending hunger by 2030. Today, we’re sharing some of the success stories that prove that we can help create a brighter future not just for individuals, but for the world.
South Sudan’s rainy season brings months of intense downpours. For aid agencies such as the World Food Programme (WFP), the country’s limited road infrastructure makes moving humanitarian supplies difficult – particularly in the rainy season. After reports that swamped roads were blocking trucks on a route vital for food delivery, WFP dispatched a team to assess the situation. WFP’s George Fominyen went along.
The prolonged drought in the Department of La Guajira in recent years has exacerbated the levels of undernutrition within the population, including children under 5 years of age. La Guajira is currently on alert due to the prevalent effects of food scarcity, lack of water and livelihoods insecurity. The World Food Programme (WFP) offers its support to the Government of Colombia.
In June 2013, WFP, in collaboration with Dar es Salaam-based Italian NGO CEFA, launched an initiative to mobilize the urban community around local food production. One year on and the Oysterbay Farmers Market has become a regular feature of Dar es Salaam life. Some 25 vendors set up stalls on the last Saturday of every month, selling fruit and vegetables, pastries, chocolate, coffee and cheese in an open-air courtyard next to the ocean. All the goods are produced in Tanzania and come from as nearby as the city centre, and from as far as Moshi, at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro.
In the Ziguinchor region, the World Food Programme (WFP) has implemented a new system that uses text messages, or SMS, to transfer money to people affected by food insecurity during the lean season. So far, this new method has benefited 55,000 people.
Ntabazinduna – Ben Khumalo, a seventy-two year old pensioner from Ntabazinduna, recounts the horror of losing his herd of nine cattle after a raging tick-borne outbreak in 2009 and the ensuing struggle of making ends meet. He squarely blames such tragedy on the inadequacy of dip tanks in his area. He has since picked himself up and boasts of a healthy heard of 17 cattle which he now takes for dipping regularly at the Mfanyana Dip Tank, recently constructed with the help of fellow villagers through WFP’s Productive Asset Creation activities.
In the 1990s, WFP worked with the Government of Guatemala to support the most vulnerable and food-insecure communities through Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) programmes. Today, almost 20 years later, these communities continue implementing and improving the activities from the initial programme and are considered resilient.
Thousands of people have been displaced by the violence in the Bambari region of the Central African Republic since late June 2014. In dire security conditions, WFP provides food to people who have lost everything.
This week we celebrated World Humanitarian Day—a time to recognize our staff who are in the field, every day, building a better world for everyone. For some WFP staff, like father of two Laurent Nsabimana Nzajyibwami, it is not just a job but a way of life that he knows all too well.