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Responding to Emergencies
11 October 2013

Syrian Refugees Get E-Cards To Buy Food In Lebanon

WFP has begun providing Syrian refugees in Lebanon with electronic vouchers they can use to buy food at local shops. Launched in partnership with MasterCard, the programme will help over 800,000 Syrians meet their food needs while giving a boost to the local economy.

Cash and Vouchers
11 October 2013

Syrian Father Explains Impact Of New E-vouchers

Ali, a 35-year-old Syrian refugee in Lebanon, has a lot on his shoulders. As he struggles to provide for his own family and that of his missing brother, an electronic food card from WFP is taking off some of the strain.

Cash and Vouchers
7 October 2013

In Somalia, Vouchers For Assets Empower Somalis And Create Ownership

In Somalia, the World Food Programme is shifting its focus from providing emergency responses to enabling vulnerable Somalis to improve their ability to deal with shocks. WFP helps people create communal assets, such as roads, and also provides training so that Somalis are better able to withstand future droughts and floods.    

Cash and Vouchers
7 October 2013

In South Sudan, Cash Transfers Offer Returnees Dignity And Choice

Since South Sudan gained independence in 2011, thousands of its people have returned from Sudan to their homeland. The World FoodProgramme is easing these families’ reintegration by providing food assistance and cash transfers. 

Responding to Emergencies
4 October 2013

Guatemala: WFP Assists 7,000 People After River Floods Homes

WFP is providing emergency assistance to 1,472 families from Nueva Concepción, in the department of Escuintla, after the Coyolate River flooded their houses, destroyed their crops and also blocked road access.

For Companies
27 September 2013

Christina Aguilera And Yum! Fight Hunger In New PSA

“Together, we can end world hunger” -- that's the new message from Yum! Brands and pop-singing sensation Christina Aguilera, to help raise money for the World Food Programme during Yum!’s World Hunger Relief campaign.

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.

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.

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.

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