Fancy Rajshahi, a 40-year-old Bangladeshi woman who lives in grinding poverty, was thrilled earlier this year when she started to receive bags of fortified wheat flour from WFP to help nourish her three boys. Now it seems her good luck could be about to vanish.
In Guatemala, WFP’s vital programme providing nutritious food supplements to 100,000 children and 50,000 pregnant and lactating women, is hanging by a thread.
Guatemala has been hit by severe food shortages recently, worsening what were already dangerous levels of malnutrition. Fresh from a visit to the worst affected areas in the east of the country, WFP field monitor Lida Escobar describes what she saw.
In Kenya’s Rift Valley, crops have failed and people are lucky if they eat even one meal a day. Many now face a choice between migrating to urban slums in search of food and work or staying put and breaking stones to earn enough to survive.
A year after the start of a crisis that rocked the global financial system, there are signs in the developed world that the economy is recovering. But elsewhere the crisis has left a "hunger legacy" which will not go away any time soon.
Food assistance enables millions of people in southern Africa to cope with the impact of HIV/AIDS, high food prices and natural disasters. But with WFP facing an unprecedented budget shortfall, many risk losing this critical support.