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School Meals
4 January 2009

"My Favourite Subject at School is Lunch"

Asked to name her favourite subject at school, seven-year-old Guivinciane Nguinghaza's response is worth a thousand words. "My favourite subject is corn meal," she whispers through the fingers of one hand, while the other holds on to her father Emmanuel.
Logistics
24 December 2008

WFP Looks For New Route to Congo Refugees

A UN convoy loaded with humanitarian supplies staggered into the town of Dungu on Monday after an 11-day, 700-kilometre, churn through swampy mud into the strife-torn northeast corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Procurement
17 December 2008

WFP Calls For Human Rescue Package

From start to finish, 2008 was one of the most challenging in the World Food Programme’s history. The impact of high food prices, followed by the global financial downtown have placed extra strains on WFP’s work, and the lives of the almost 100 million people we aim to feed next year.
Nutrition
17 December 2008

VitaCereal Helps Boost Birthweight in Guatemala

Gregoria Sanchez, 20, stands waiting with her two children to receive her monthly ration of a fortified maize-soy meal called VitaCereal. Gregoria has come to this isolated distribution point, several miles walk from her home, because she knows this stuff makes a difference. She only has to look at her children.
Nutrition
16 December 2008

Men, Machetes and Micro-nutrients (Staff Profile)

Silvia Ponce didn't expect to be arguing with a dozen machete-wielding men just weeks after taking a job as a nutritionist with the World Food Programme in Guatemala. But all in all, it wasn't a bad experience, she says.

Food For Assets
15 December 2008

How to Make Your Fields Greener

Volli Carucci knows how to bring a brown, barren landscape back to life. A dry gully becomes an orchard; an arid hillside turns green with grass. The system is called MERET, which stands for Managing Environmental Resources to Enable Transition. Carucci helped develop it, as Heather Hill explains.
Fight Against HIV/AIDS
13 December 2008

Food Helps Father of 4 Live With HIV

Three years ago, Ntsonyama Sekoai finally summoned up the courage to take an HIV test. For months he had been feeling sick and losing weight. Too weak to work, all he could do was watch as his family grew ever more impoverished and desperate.
Responding to Emergencies
12 December 2008

DRC: Gunfire Disrupts Food Distribution

Goma, 7 November 2008 - It sounded like a ripple of distant fireworks to me but to the thousands of displaced people gathered at Kibati camp for a WFP food distribution it was something infinitely more menacing and terrifying.
Logistics
2 December 2008

Logistics: Keeping the Aid Flowing in Eastern DRC

Goma, 2 December 2008 - When Peter Schaller, operations officer for WFP logistics in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), arrived at his duty station in Goma,in October, he had no illusions about the tasks ahead of him. The logistical challenge of working in a landlocked region nearly as big as France – with poor infrastructure and barely functioning local authorities – was about to get much worse.
School Meals
25 September 2008

School Meals in the Spotlight at CGI- Clinton Global Initiative

On 25 September former US President Bill Clinton announced a historic private sector commitment to school meals which included an unprecedented five-year, US$80-million cash pledge from YUM! Brands to WFP and other hunger-related organizations. The commitment will allow WFP to provide meals to hundreds of thousands of children in school.

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