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Public Information Officer
A Portuguese national, Laura Melo joined WFP in 2001 as a Public Affairs Officer working in Eastern Africa.
WFP is helping poor communities in northern Nepal to cultivate precious medicinal plants which, as well as soothing fevers and toothaches, can become a source of income. Laura Melo explains.
In Gatlang village in
WFP is helping the Gatlang community to cultivate the highly sought-after medicinal and aromatic plants which can then sold in the markets in the capital. It’s an example of how WFP used food assistance to help improve livelihoods. Food is provided in return for the creation of valuable assets – assets that in the long term will help guarantee enough food for the entire village.
The Gatlang model is being replicated in another 37 villages in the northwestern Karnali region, one of the least developed and most food insecure areas in the country. It is just one of the projects being run by WFP in a country where food needs are immense.
After 11 years of civil war, which ended with the April 2008 general elections, many of
In the village of Lokhim in Solukhumbu district – home of Mount Everest - WFP is providing fortified take-home rations to pregnant and lactating women, and their young children. Over the next two years, nearly 3,000 women and young children will receive fortified food, healthcare services and nutritious training in Solukhumbu. This is part of WFP’s Mother and Child Health Care project in
Due to its topography and geographic location,
These are not the only people living in camps in
For many Nepali, though, achieving a future with enough to eat and opportunities for their children seems almost as challenging as scaling the highest mountain on earth.