A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
In San Joaquin, Iloilo, young people play a big role in community disaster preparedness and response, as well as climate change projects.
To mark World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, eight team members from the World Food Programme (WFP) share their stories about working in their own countries to help end hunger. The first in the series, this is Lucy’s story from South Sudan.
Three years of violence have left a heavy toll on the people of the Central African Republic (CAR). In the capital, Bangui, the markets have recovered relatively quickly, however. Here, for thousands of people who have been formerly displaced or affected by the crisis, WFP's food vouchers bring a glimmer of hope and comfort.
In Kenya, the World Food Programme is investing in asset creation across the arid and the semi-arid areas. These projects target vulnerable families who need immediate food assistance, but are also a way for communities to work their way out of the persistent food insecurity. As a result of sustained support, many of the productive assets established, especially in the marginal agricultural areas, have helped families attain a level of food production that meets their daily needs. WFP is therefore helping these families transition out of food assistance, in part by linking them with programmes that can help them grow and eventually start producing marketable surpluses.
The World Food Programme is working with about 900 communities in 13 arid and semi-arid counties of Kenya, reaching more than 800,000 people with productive assets. These assets are helping families produce enough food for themselves and save some for the local markets. In the arid and food-insecure Turkana County, asset creation projects are changing lives and improving the health and nutrition of many families.
A recent nutrition survey has found that rates of malnutrition have improved significantly in all six of the refugee camps in Rwanda, in part because of the World Food Programme’s intensive work to treat and prevent undernutrition among mothers and young children.
Jakob Kern, WFP’s Country Director in Syria, recounts a recent 37-hour trip to Qamishly, in Syria’s northeastern Governorate of Hassakeh, where WFP is running an airlift operation to deliver food assistance for 55,000 vulnerable people. It’s the first food assistance to arrive in more than six months. This extract from his personal diary helps shed light on the conditions for families in Qamishly, and the work of the WFP team in Syria.
When conflict broke out in South Sudan in late 2013, hundreds of thousands of uprooted families fled across the country’s borders, heading toward Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, or to Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp. Things had seemed to stabilize by the end of 2015, and fewer new refugees were arriving each day in most neighbouring countries. However, in the first half of 2016, the numbers gradually increased. Now, with the heightened tension in Juba and worsening food security, many more are fleeing the country.
In late 2014, the World Food Programme in Bolivia received a contribution of 522,000 euros (approx. US$575,000) from the Italian Government. This led to the implementation of the project “Social security support for the vulnerable populations in the departments of Pando, Chuquisaca and Tarija” in Bolivia.
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