Programmes that empower small farmers are just one way that WFP is working with national governments to stamp out hunger. Copyright: WFP/Charles Hatch Barnwell
Ghana, Guatemala, Bangladesh and Cape Verde are just a few of the countries where national governments, working with WFP and others, are taking effective steps to fight hunger themselves. WFP is marking World Food Day this year by spotlighting these successes and the importance of partnerships.
ROME — The most successful hunger solutions today are increasingly home-grown, the product of national governments and aid agencies working together to plan and implement projects tailored to the realities on the ground.
"When we work together we have the power to bring about real change in the lives of millions of people who would otherwise struggled to feed their families."
--WFP Deputy Executive Director Sheila Sisulu
To mark World Food Day this year, here is a look at four examples of countries where WFP and local authorities are making exciting inroads in the fight against hunger by working together.
After more than three decades of feeding school children in Cape Verde, WFP last month handed its school feeding programme over to local authorities who are now ready and able to run it themselves. The scheme, which has kept malnutrition at bay and fuelled education for two generations, is now a full-fledged public service run by and for the people of Cape Verde. Find out more
Despite its fast-growing economy, Egypt still suffers from high levels of malnutrition. To bring those levels down, WFP has been working with the government and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to enrich the national staple, “baladi bread”, with key micronutrients, reaching some 50 million people over the past few years. On the back of the programme’s success, the Egyptian government has agreed to undertake a similar scheme together with WFP to reach over 60 million Egyptians with vitamin-enriched vegetable oil. Find out more
WFP provides around 150,000 children in this West African country with mid-day meals in school, ensuring them a regular source of nutrition and an extra incentive to get an education. With the government’s support, this food is purchased directly from small Ghanaian farmers at fair prices that increase their income and bolster local markets. Find out more
In flood-prone Bangladesh, WFP is working with local authorities to protect the poorest and most vulnerable from the effects of climate change by raising some 30,000 homes above high-water levels. In addition, some 1.6 million women have received disaster-preparedness training. WFP’s 30-year relationship with the Bangladeshi government has resulted in the construction of over 26,000 km of raised rural roads, 17,000 km of flood embankments built or repaired and 1.6 million women trained in disaster preparedness. Find out more