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Food For Assets
4 August 2016

In Northern Kenya, WFP’s Asset Creation Projects Uplift Families

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.

Nutrition
4 August 2016

Rwanda: Malnutrition Rates Improve Among Refugee Children

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.

Responding to Emergencies
2 August 2016

Diary from Syria: An Eyewitness Account of Broken Families, Grief and Survival

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. 

Responding to Emergencies
31 July 2016

In Kenya, South Sudanese Women And Children Seek Refuge From Conflict And Hunger

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.

Cash and Vouchers
29 July 2016

WFP Cash Based Transfers: Transforming Lives for the Better in Bolivia

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.

29 July 2016

Rebuilding Life After The Nepal Earthquake

For one man, the Nepal earthquake made an already hard life even more difficult. However work provided by WFP's Remote Access Operation is helping him rebuild his life.

29 July 2016

Ukraine: Life Near The Frontline - Between Despair And Survival

Only 150 people remain in Orlovske, a small village in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region only a few kilometres from the frontline. Originally home to 5,000 people before the conflict, now mostly the elderly and families who have nowhere else to go stayed behind. Shelling has destroyed the water supply and the bridge which used to connect the village. Residents now use rain water from the only well in the village and try to maintain a sense of normalcy amidst very difficult circumstances.

Cash and Vouchers
27 July 2016

WFP to extend food assistance via mobile money in southern Africa

The World Food Programme (WFP) is planning to increase mobile money transfers in eight countries in Southern Africa, working in partnership with international mobile operators in the region. The move is part of a wider objective to increase the portion of humanitarian assistance given in cash to accelerate progress towards a zero hunger world by 2030, as set in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2.  

26 July 2016

10 Facts About Food and Nutrition in India

India is home to a quarter of the world’s undernourished people, but the situation is gradually improving and rates of hunger are dropping. Here are ten things to know. 

Food For Assets
26 July 2016

A 100-Metre Dike Gives Hope in Tajikistan

Climate change is drastically altering social and environmental conditions in one of the world’s most vulnerable countries, Tajikistan. Abnormally high temperatures are resulting in higher water elevation levels in the Vakhsh River due to rapid melting of glaciers and snow. This has become a serious problem for nearly 2500 in Olimobod village in Khatlon province; approximately 50 hectares of arable land and other valuable community assets are being swamped following episodes of heavy rain, which becomes worse every year.

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