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Focus on Women
25 January 2011

Pakistan: One Day In A Mother's Life

Razia and her family were badly hit in the floods that devastated Pakistan last summer. But they're now getting back on their feet. Helped by food assistance from WFP, Razia's life is starting to return to normal. Here's one day in her life - six months after the floods. Watch video

Cash and Vouchers
20 January 2011

Help Arrives By Text In The Philippines

Families in the Philippines uprooted by disaster have begun receiving text messages which they can cash like checks to buy food. The pilot project makes use of the widespread availability of mobile phones in the Philippines, which is known as the “texting capital of the world”. Watch video

Logistics
20 January 2011

Flying Aid Workers in Afghanistan: A Tricky Business

Not all pilots would relish the idea of landing a plane on Faizabad’s perforated metal runway high in the mountains of northern Afghanistan, and even the bravest might think twice about taking off in high winds ahead of an approaching sandstorm in Kandahar.

Aid professionals
19 January 2011

New Hazards Calendar Wins Converts

A new calendar has been developed by WFP to help better prepare for food-related emergencies. It works by combining the most authoritative data on seasonal hazards like floods, droughts, pests and cyclones with information about crop cycles and weather patterns.

Responding to Emergencies
19 January 2011

Côte d’Ivoire Family Flees Tensions With $50

As political unrest spread across Cote d’Ivoire after the contested presidential election, Roger, 45, and his family fled to Liberia with their life savings of US $50.00. Though the money soon ran out, WFP is making sure that they don’t go hungry while they wait for tensions to ease at home so that they can return.

Cash and Vouchers
17 January 2011

Digital Food Offers New Hunger Solution To West Bank

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran kicked off a three-day visit to the Middle East by visiting shops in the West Bank that are participating in WFP’s electronic voucher programmes. This 'digital food' provided to the most vulnerable Palestinians supports local shopkeepers and food producers, she explained.

For Individuals
14 January 2011

Soccer Star Kaka’ Inspires Kids In Oman To Fight Hunger

Last year, a group of young students from the Middle Eastern country of Oman raised enough money to feed some 24,000 hungry children in schools in the developing world. Their successful campaign was launched after their soccer-mad teacher saw a video of Brazilian star Kaka’ holding up a bright, red WFP cup.

Responding to Emergencies
13 January 2011

Emergency Supplies Reach Sri Lanka Flood Victims

Torrential rains across much of eastern Sri Lanka in recent days have unleashed floodwaters affecting around one million people and prompting WFP to launch an immediate emergency operation to provide life-saving food rations to the worst-affected areas.

Preventing Hunger
9 January 2011

WFP Works To Curb Hunger After Vote In Southern Sudan

As southern Sudan holds a referendum on independence, WFP is working to ensure that the landmark event doesn’t produce yet more hunger in a region where food security has been undermined by decades of conflict and natural disasters. Here are four ways we aim to keep hunger at bay.

Focus on Women
7 January 2011

Food Makes Learning Possible For Ambitious Haitian Girl

Marie Anika, 8, wants to work in a bank when she grows up. At the moment, however, she lives in a tent where her house used to be before the earthquake. But that hasn’t stopped her from going to school or dreaming about the future thanks to the hearty meals she eats everyday in class.

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