Rahmatullah Mowahid is a young and enthusiastic WFP field monitor working in Afghanistan. Despite all the challenges faced by people, he believes that changes are taking place and the future will be better…
Poised on the edge of Bamyan town’s imposing rock formation, Dara Azhdar is no ordinary Afghan community. Not only is its only Shura, or local council, a women’s Shura, but these women have launched a tree planting project, aimed to improve their community and the environment, with help from the World Food Programme.
With a billion people on the planet going hungry every day, the world’s response to the urgent hunger needs of the most vulnerable is flagging, with the result that critical food assistance is already being cut.
WFP is funded entirely through voluntary contributions, most of which come from governments. When we calculated the cost of feeding 108 million hungry people in 74 countries in 2009, we set a budget of US$6.7 billion. Taking into account forecasts and money already received, we now expect to end the year with US$3.7 billion.
With the next harvest still a couple of months away, food is scarce in north Darfur. This is a time when children can slip into malnutrition. But Fatima, who has two kids in the crucial under-five age range, is getting the support she needs to steer her family through the hunger season.
A fleet of trucks, donated by the Norwegian Red Cross to WFP Haiti, delivered food and humanitarian supplies to Haitians battered by hurricanes in 2008 – and are poised to come to the rescue again during this hurricane season.
Life is changing for a group of poor smallholder farmers in Guatemala. Improved techniques are helping them produce more food and, thanks to WFP’s Purchase for Progress initiative, they’re able to sell their surplus at a reasonable price.
U2 frontman Bono Vox took the chance to get up-to-date on global hunger recently by chatting with WFP’s Executive Director Josette Sheeran before going on stage for the Irish band’s sell-out concert in Amsterdam.
Providing food assistance to millions of destitute people in Somalia is a difficult and dangerous business. As Deputy Country Director for the last two years, Denise Brown, has found that to get the job done she has to be both tough and charming.