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Nutrition
17 June 2014

Encouraging Breastfeeding To Help Improve Nutrition In Somalia

Over 200,000 children in Somalia are malnourished, 50,000 of whom are severely malnourished and face a higher risk of death.  WFP works with Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) clinics throughout the parts of Somalia it has access to in order to address the underlying and basic causes of malnutrition such as poor feeding practices and access to maternal health care.
School Meals
25 April 2014

In Somalia, WFP Meals Transform Children's Lives: From Working Life To Student Life

There are 67 million school-age children worldwide who do not attend school. Poor rural families must often choose between sending their children to school or to work the fields. A daily school meal provides a strong incentive to send children to school and keep them there, and allows the children to focus on their studies, rather than their stomachs. In Somalia, WFP works with over 400 schools and provides daily meals to over 100,000 school children in the parts of the country we have access to.
School Meals
31 October 2013

In Somalia, WFP Helps Girls To Feed Their Dreams

School meals are at the heart of the World Food Programme’s fight against hunger. Last year, the world’s largest humanitarian agency provided school meals or take-home rations to 24.7 million children around the world. In Somalia, WFP’s school meals are helping to bring children back to class, and this is especially important for girls, who have often been expected to stay at home and help with chores. 

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.    

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.

Food For Assets
15 October 2012

Somalia: Reservoir Puts Nomads On Road To Recovery

Compared to this time last year, things have improved for Somalis who have directly benefited from the creation of community assets which provide a way out of the proverty trap.

15 May 2012

Food Vouchers Boost Nutrition And Markets In Somalia

Families in the Somilaland region of northern Somalia are enjoying a more balanced diet thanks to food vouchers which they can use to shop for goods like camel and goat meat at the local market. By allowing them to buy directly from local traders, the project is also a boost for the region's economy.

5 November 2011

Candles, Convoys And Communications Centres

Communications Analyst, Mariko Hall, was in Nairobi recently as part of the flood of humanitarian workers arriving in the Horn of Africa to help with the hunger crisis. She was with WFP's crack emergency telecoms team FITTEST, which is always brought in to get vital communications systems in place fast. Sitting in a guest house where there's no power, she explains some of the challenges of setting up a COMCEN (Communications Centre) in emergency environments.

Responding to Emergencies
4 November 2011

Somalia: Far From Home, Mother Fights To Feed Family

Hawa Aden fled to central Somalia from the drought and conflict-torn south desperate for a way to support her family. Though work is scarce and settling in has been tough, she’s at least found a way to put food on the table. In exchange for monthly rations, Hawa helps to clean up the area where families like hers have settled—an important job that will help to prevent the spread of disease.

Logistics
20 October 2011

Changing Guards In Somalia

Like so much of Somalia, the city of Galkayo is divided between competing factions that each controls part of the city. WFP telecoms experts Ryan Twittey and Aleksandar Dulovic, who were recently there on assignment, describe the tense border crossing necessary to get from one part of the city to the other.

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