18 March 2015

Rural Resilience Initiative: Making A Difference To Women’s Lives

“Sometimes there is rain, but it is not well distributed. We lack good quality seed, and termites eat our plants.” These are, in the words of Binta Ndao, a Senegalese farmer and mother of seven, some of the challenges faced by subsistence farmers in Eastern Senegal. An innovative resilience-building initiative implemented by WFP and Oxfam America is helping farmers like her break out of chronic food insecurity.

18 March 2015

Vanuatu: WFP Responds To Cyclone Pam

Less than 48 hours after Cyclone Pam slammed into Vanuatu, WFP has mobilized experts in food assistance, humanitarian logistics and emergency telecommunications to support the relief operation. 

17 March 2015

Ebola: A Team That Keeps The Hope (And The Connectivity) Alive

Six months after the United Nations Security Council declared Ebola a threat to international peace and security, the Emergency Telecommunications (ET) Cluster in Sierra Leone is providing Internet connectivity for 65 medical institutions in the country. That number continues to grow every week.

Preventing Hunger
13 March 2015

12 Syrian Voices That Will Make You Rethink The Syrian Crisis

WFP communications team met Syrians in displacement inside their country and in refuge in neighboring countries as well as humanitarian workers who have been witnesses to their agony. Here's what they had to say:

13 March 2015

Syria Crisis: How Many Other Winters Away From Home?

The Syrian crisis is entering its fifth year, shattering many lives and homes as the days go by. And it does so with no mercy especially this winter when many displaced families suffered the biting cold and the warmth of their lost homes is only a distant memory. Abo Muhammed’s family shares their story on the second winter they spend away from home.

Climate Change
13 March 2015

Philippines: Disaster Risk Reduction Saves Lives In Laguna

The province of Laguna, located a mere 30 kilometres outside the Philippines’ capital of Manila, is exposed to a multitude of hazards, the primary of which is flooding. The overflow from Laguna de Bay − the province’s largest lake – and inland rivers turn the farmlands into vast bodies of water due to heavy downpours, worsened by improper waste management. Over the years, flooding has damaged property, livelihoods, and the lives of the residences of the province.

13 March 2015

WFP Supports Intensive Reforestation Campaign in Kyrgyzstan’s Jalal-Abad Province

Years of deforestation have left communities like Shaidan village in Kyrgyzstan’s southwestern Jalal-Abad province suffering from environmental degradation and limited agriculture. Thousands of hectares of thicket that had once protected communities from natural disasters such as landslides have shrunk alarmingly due to uncontrolled felling of trees for heating and construction. Now, with help of cash assistance from WFP the residents are working to expand their forests, reduce the risks they face and protect their livelihoods.

12 March 2015

10 Facts About Hunger In Syria

Here are 10 facts about hunger in Syria, where WFP has its largest and most complex operation worldwide. Please help WFP raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.

11 March 2015

Nigerian Refugees Seeking Safety and Shelter in Cameroon

Minawao Camp, Northern Cameroon - They arrive on motorbikes, donkeys and on foot. Many have travelled for days, under rough conditions, before arriving in Cameroon. WFP is providing vital food and nutritional support to refugees who escaped recent fighting in Nigeria, and who continue to arrive every day to Minawao camp. As violence has been escalating, however, in the border area, it has been increasingly difficult for refugees to escape the chaos on their way.

10 March 2015

8 Tweets To Remind You That Ebola Has Not Been Defeated Yet

Although progress has been made, we are not out of this devastating crisis yet. WFP and its partners continue to remain vigilant and provide the support needed to achieve zero cases across all Ebola-affected countries. You might have not seen much about Ebola in the media of late. Here is, in brief, our latest news:

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