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Food For Assets
31 July 2013

Somali Community Invests In Its Future

For villagers in the Abudwaq district of central Somalia, getting enough water has always been a challenge. After facing a devastating drought, the townspeople found a way to solve that problem, and built themselves a better future, with WFP's support.

Focus on Women
31 July 2013

WFP Lao PDR Celebrates 58th Anniversary Of Lao Women’s Union

Both young and old came out to play at Lao Women's Union Day!

Preventing Hunger
30 July 2013

A Canadian Humanitarian In Ethiopia (Staff Interview)

With an education in International Humanitarian Action and background experience working for NGOs, Canadian Brett Hanley was well positioned to take on the challenge of working for WFP's offices in Ethiopia. It’s a long way from her roots in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. We asked Brett about her life and work with WFP.

Nutrition
26 July 2013

Swazi Study: How Hunger 'Stunts' African Economies

The high cost of child malnutrition in Swaziland was showcased at the launch of a new study in the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) series in July 2014. The Cost of Hunger in Swaziland, produced by the Government of Swaziland with support from WFP, is the first COHA study in southern Africa and among the first to quantify the social and economic impacts of child undernutrition.

Purchase for Progress
25 July 2013

El Salvador: Smallholder Farmers to Report Prices From Smartphones

WFP has recently piloted a new price monitoring system in El Salvador. Selected P4P-supported farmers have been provided with smartphones and technical training on how to report updates on their crop sales and current farm-gate prices. This innovative system also allows smallholder farmers to benefit from the data when taking marketing decisions.

Nutrition
25 July 2013

Afghanistan: Special Supplementary Food Improves The Health Of Mothers And Children

WFP provides supplementary food to acutely malnourished pregnant and breastfeeding women and specialized nutritional products to young children with moderate acute malnutrition. In an informal settlement in Kabul, every day many of these mothers and their young children visit a WFP-supported mobile clinic for treatment and to receive special nutritious food.

School Meals
25 July 2013

"How I Escaped Poverty And Hunger"

Despite growing up in abject poverty in a drought-prone region of eastern Kenya, 25-year-old Peter Mumo has managed to get an education, go to university and land a job with good prospects. He believes the meals he received from WFP in the 1990s played a critical role in his academic success.

25 July 2013

DRC: No Sustainable Food Security Without Just Peace

During her visit to DRC, WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin met internally displaced people, especially women, who are the first victims of violence. Muhami, whose little girl was abused by armed men, told Cousin her story. We are sharing it with you. As most of the displaced people, Muhami has only one dream: a just peace that will allow her to go back home and rebuild her life.

24 July 2013

A Tour Guide Turned Humanitarian (Staff Interview)

Right after WFP opened its new Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama 10 years ago, Luis Vergara became a driver for the regional office. Braving flat tires and traffic jams, Luis also had the opportunity to work in an emergency operation during an outbreak of flooding in his native Panama.

School Meals
24 July 2013

How WFP School Meals Saved My School

Peter Mumo, 25, who hails from the drought-prone eastern Kenyan district of Makueni, had his life transformed by WFP’s school meals while in the 4th grade. Free to study without hunger pangs, Peter and his classmates excelled. He graduated with a degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from Moi University in Kenya and currently works as a product development manager in Nairobi.  In this first person account of his life before and after WFP school meals, Peter tells the story of his triumph against hunger.

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