How WFP Helps 4 Mothers To Feed Their Families

Published on 05 May 2009

Without WFP's nutritional support, Flora Mloli's children would risk stunting.

(Copyright: WFP/Marcus Prior)

For millions of mothers around the world, providing nutritious food for their families is an arduous task. But it's also an essential one and every day, all around the world, WFP is helping mothers do it.

ROME -- On May 10, the day when many countries celebrate Mother's Day, many mothers in the developing world are struggling to feed their families in the face of high food prices, conflict, natural disasters and poverty.

With that in mind, here are four stories that show how WFP is helping mothers deal with the task.

Tanzania

Nutritious food is hard to come by for Flora Mloli's family. Fortunately, Flora's two-year-old daughter Neema is enrolled in a nutrition programme supported by WFP. It’s part of a nationwide effort to combat chronic malnutrition

Haiti

Hundreds of families in Gonaives lost everything when a series of hurricanes hit Haiti last September. As they rebuild their lives, many mothers rely on feeding centres that use WFP food. Micheline Anosier brings her 18-month old daughter every day.

Afghanistan

Food prices have soared in Kabul over the last year, making it harder than ever for 60-year-old widow Bobogul to feed the nine people in her household. Thanks to WFP emergency food distributions, the family is now able to get by.

Niger

The women of Todigamèye in Niger used to worry about how they would feed their families during the lean season. A WFP-initiated cereal bank has changed that.  Aissa Issaka, mother of seven, says: “The cereal bank has changed my life".

 

 

 

Nutrition Crucial 

Having nutritious food on the table is crucial for any family. Research confirms that adequate nutrition in the early years of life is crucial for a child’s growth and mental development. That’s why a large part of WFP’s work is directed at young children and mothers. Learn more