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Responding to Emergencies
19 September 2013

Honduras: “Coffee Rust Destroyed My Farm and My Dreams”

Ernestina Martinez, a 52-year-old widow and mother of eight children, began her coffee farm a few years ago in the village Ojo de Agua in Intibucá and it produced nearly 4 Metric Tons of coffee. But the Coffee Rust plague, a fungus that affects the leaves of plants, destroyed the crops Ernestina and her children had grown with great sacrifice.

17 September 2013

A Mother From Syria Goes Shopping For Food

Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is home to over 100,000 Syrians who used to depend on food provided to them directly by WFP. Now they’re able to shop for their own food thanks to a voucher programme introduced this month [Read story]. To show how they work, we went grocery shopping with a Syrian mother named Mariam and took these panoramic photos from her day.

Cash and Vouchers
17 September 2013

New Food Vouchers Welcomed By Syrian Refugees In Zaatari

In Jordan’s biggest refugee camp, WFP has begun a shift in the way it provides food to families who have fled the conflict in Syria. Instead of traditional food rations, refugees are being introduced to vouchers, which allow them to start buying their own food. With products like cheese and eggs now more accessible, the initial reaction has been enthusiastic.

16 September 2013

Thousands from Nigeria seek refuge in fragile areas of Niger

Since February 2013, thousands of people have fled armed conflict in Mali to seek refuge in neighboring countries, including Niger. Upon their arrival, WFP provides food and nutrition assistance for refugees in several camp. At the  Mangaize camp, WFP and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have initiated assistance through vouchers, which give beneficiaries a choice of what they can purchase to meet their food needs and provide them with some degree of independence.

13 September 2013

Life On The Brink Of Hunger in Mauritania

The land is deceptively green in the southern part of Mauritania. Recent rains may have allowed grass to grow and livestock to graze, but the region is still undergoing its “lean season” and, with meager harvests still some months away, the local populations of the southern regions of Brakna, Gorgol, Assaba, Tagant, and Guidimaka are struggling to see themselves through to harvest. 

Responding to Emergencies
12 September 2013

WFP Head Urges More Support For Yemen Amid Ongoing Hunger Crisis

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos wrapped up a four-day visit to Yemen by calling for increased humanitarian relief for the troubled Middle Eastern country. More than half Yemen’s population are either hungry or on the edge of hunger as the result of a deepening humanitarian crisis on multiple fronts.

Nutrition
12 September 2013

4.000 Children Join the Puch Marathon to Support “Nourishing El Salvador”

Pizza Hut held its third edition of the Puch Marathon to support the activities of the project “Nourishing El Salvador” of the World Food Programme, which seeks to fight and prevent child malnutrition in the poorest and most vulnerable municipalities of the country.

Responding to Emergencies
11 September 2013

Honduras: WFP Representative Visits Communities Hit by the Coffee Rust

Through the Food-for-Work programme, WFP is supporting 41,810 people who were affected by the Coffee Rust in Honduras. WFP Representative, Pasqualina Di Sirio, visited affected communities to monitor donations. During her visit to the community of Ojo de Agua in Intibucá, Di Sirio met with 30 small holder coffee producers receiving food assistance.

Food For Assets
11 September 2013

Food-For-Work Helps Farmers In Mali Diversify Their Production

Through its rural development programme in southern Mali, WFP’s food- for-work activities help fight hunger in a region where chronic malnutrition rates are amongst the highest in the country. 

Aid professionals
9 September 2013

Braving Danger To Bring Joy In South Sudan (Staff Interviews)

In South Sudan, WFP is distributing urgent food assistance to tens of thousands of people who have fled their homes to escape a resurgence of fighting in Jonglei State. Here are the stories of two WFP staff members who make this complex operation possible.

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