3 February 2016

Drought In Ethiopia: 10 Million People In Need

Ethiopia is in the grip of its worst drought in recent history. More than ten million people are in need of assistance according to the Government and humanitarian agencies. On Sunday 31 January, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Ethiopia to see first-hand the consequences of the drought in one of the worst affected areas.

Nutrition
2 February 2016

Sierra Leone: Moms And Their Babies Are Returning To The Health Centres

Use of basic health services drastically reduced at the height of the Ebola outbreak. The population was hesitant to approach the health centres due to fears of either contacting Ebola or being labelled as someone affected by it. Getting mothers and children back to the health centres to access critical maternal and child health services has been challenging.

In partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone, The World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to increase uptake of services. Through the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in children aged 6-59 months and pregnant and nursing mothers at Peripheral Health Units (PHUs), WFP is also helping to improve the nutrition status of vulnerable groups, reaching more than 43,000 children and mothers across the country.

Students
29 January 2016

University of Notre Dame Students Fighting Hunger

Next month, students, educators and academic leaders from across the U.S. will come together to amplify their voices in the global fight against hunger at the annual Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit. Over 250 anti-hunger advocates will convene in Columbia, Missouri, 26-27 Feb. to exchange ideas on ways to stamp out hunger around the globe.

Food For Assets
29 January 2016

USAID Brings Smiles And Hope To Drought-hit Southern Madagascar

The south of Madagascar is suffering from recurrent drought, resulting in crop loss and affecting households’ access to food. 

27 January 2016

Action Needed to Prevent Starvation in Syria, Executive Director tells UN Security Council

World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director says the United Nations must unite to help avoid further suffering for those worst affected by the conflict in Syria.

School Meals
26 January 2016

Cambodia: Daily Breakfast Key To Keeping Kids In School

Widespread poverty in Cambodia, especially in rural areas, means many families have to choose between sending children to school or keeping them at home to support the family. Regular hot meals at school help increase enrolment, retention and graduation, meaning 11-year-old Muon Malai and many more like her can aim high. 

Focus on Women
21 January 2016

A Mom's Struggle In Conflict-Ravaged Central African Republic

Nicole Sabiko, a young mom of 23 with four children, stepped into the new year the same way as she began the year before, and the one before that. Being displaced. Together with her children, she has been finding refuge at one of the many displaced people’s camps in Bangui, the capital of conflict-ravaged Central African Republic. How is she surviving?

20 January 2016

Unlocking The Value Chain For Smallholder Farmers

The Patient Procurement Platform, a new initiative by WFP and a consortium of end to end value chain actors, facilitates smallholder farmer participation across the entire value chain to raise their marketable surplus and hence livelihoods. 

ED - E.Cousin
19 January 2016

My Visit To Zambia: A Country Full Of Challenges And Opportunities

Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, has just finished a three-day visit to Zambia. After meeting President Edgar Lungu, Vice President Inonge Wina and key ministers, she travelled to the food-producing south which is experiencing the second consecutive season of erratic rain, most recently due to the effects of El Niño. There she met smallholder farmers, private sector entrepreneurs as well as local community partners and government officials who shared their insights about the challenges and opportunities.  

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