Transporting food to communities that are adversely affected by natural disasters requires a broad range of actors. Logistician Adolfo Reyes supervises the deliveries made to the indigenous coastal communities of Nicaragua that are affected by heavy rain in the Caribbean.
The Ministry of Health annually celebrates Breastfeeding Week through various activities targeting women of childbearing age, especially those who are pregnant and/or nursing. Marc Regnault de la Mothe, WFP Deputy Representative in Nicaragua is pictured with a ministry health employee at the Community Fair held in Managua, the nation’s capital.
Each year WFP staff conducts logistic and food security assessments to evaluate the situation of Nicaraguan families. These efforts are imperative, especially when natural disasters and economic crisis occur. Both types of emergencies cause heavy economic pressures on those involved within the realm of agriculture. In this photo, from the WFP archives, members of the Logistics, Public Information and Telecommunications Teams are accompanied by governmental staff after a mission to one of the most isolated regions of the country.
Social mobilization is a strong engine to promote the fight against hunger and the protection of the rights of children and adolescents. WFP staff members joined UNICEF and other organizations in Festival de la Radio y la Televisión (Radio and Television Festival). Over 10,000 people participated, many of which were children and adolescents. Rosario Sanabria, Programme Officer, Lorena Camacho, the Representative’s Assistant and Francisco Alvarado, Head of the Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative marched alongside UNICEF colleagues during the festival.
When a contribution of Saudi Arabia’s dates was announced, it sparked the interest of many WFP members. This was the first contribution from this Middle Eastern country in Nicaragua! Would they appeal to children? How would they be packaged? How would we distribute them? Many questions and concerns arose from the announcement. When the shipment finally arrived to Managua, Logistics Officers Virgilio Hernández and Ada Francis Velásquez rushed to learn about this food product. The dates were distributed to children in the Ministry of Education’s School Feeding Programme.
Smallholder farmers from 15 organizations entered a new dynamic, to better the quality and production of staple grains. Higher quality yields sell at better prices and increase their income and food security at home. But it was no easy task. To achieve high quality yields it was necessary to improve the organizational capacities, knowledge, gain entrance into new markets, and improve the technological aspects of smallholders and their organizations. Working for the Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative, Denis Luna instructs smallholders in efficient farming techniques. In the picture he is explaining to smallholders how to control humidity of maize after the harvest. WFP/Rommel Meneses
It would appear that WFP Representative to Nicaragua, Helmut W. Rauch, is giving music class to children of Instituto Nacional Rigoberto López Pérez, de Managua (Rigoberto López Pérez National Institute of Managua). This is not the case. Trucks were loaded with food for school meals to support 1.1 million school children. In the background the trucks are ready to begin the distribution to the 10,000 schools across the country. WFP assists the Nicaraguan Government with technical and financial support for their National School Feeding Programme, and Rauch participated in the inauguration. “We want to know you” the children told him. What followed was a lively conversation about school, class, and of course, the school lunch.
Chronic malnutrition reduces the physical and mental development of children. It is a scourge of humanity which still rages despite the evidence that reducing hunger and malnutrition leads to rapid economic growth. Marcela Mayorga and Karla Somarriba, members of the Programme Team collect blood samples of children in rural areas to analyse their nutritional status and assist national authorities in response actions.
Longshoremen have one of the most intense and tiresome jobs in the grand chain to supply food to those in need. Longshoremen unload thousands of bags and crates of food from ships and containers into trucks, from trucks to ships, horses, wagons, mules and even bicycles. 110 pound sacks of rice, 55 pound bags of cereal, crates with 15 bottles of vegetables oil, etc. Longshoremen contribute to the development of communities and also save lives in emergency situations; in their arms and upon their shoulders food is carried regardless of sun or rain; sometimes for hours sometimes for days. Our appreciation is graciously extended to all longshoremen every day, remembering them especially today, Happy Labour Day!