30 October 2015

Surviving Ebola - A Persistent Fight

In one of the worst Ebola epidemics known to man, few have walked out of the quarantined facilities with a clean bill of health.  Ebola survival rates are frighteningly low — only 10 to 40 percent of the people infected with the virus recover.  To date, Guinea reported more than 3, 800 confirmed cases of Ebola.  Of these, more than 1,300 people have survived the disease. Some 2,500 have died.  But those who do survive the deadly disease still face many challenges. When they return home, many find that their possessions have been destroyed to prevent the spread of the virus.  Survivors also face the twin challenges of lingering stigma and unemployment.  In the eyes of many, they still carry the disease. 

29 October 2015

Helping Those Most In Need: Turkey Hosts & Supports Syrian Refugees

Turkey’s generous donation to WFP shows its commitment to its famous proverb, “Empty words will not fill an empty stomach”. We look at how this will help WFP provide urgent food assistance to vulnerable Syrian refugees.

Focus on Women
29 October 2015

A Peach Garden In Kyrgyzstan Brings Hopes Of Reuniting Families

Growing peach trees to secure her family’s future is the new ethos of 60-year-old Ulpetkhon Baltabaeva in the Kyrgyzstan’s Aravan District. Although the 300 peach seeds she planted this spring will not bear fruit before three years, she feels confident in her extended family’s future. 

27 October 2015

Displaced In Iraq: "As If It Could Not Get Any Worse"

Four internally displaced Iraqis in Basra tell their stories of how they were forced to leave their homes and of the people they left behind. Some of them do not even know if their loved ones are still alive. Now, on top of their emotional distress, they must struggle to secure enough food since WFP had to cut by half the food rations it provides because of a severe lack of funding for the WFP response in Iraq.

Disaster Risk Reduction
27 October 2015

Empowering Tanzanian Farmers Through Climate Services

“We need to know if the rain is going to be a problem” says Joyce Joram Tuppa, a farmer in a village near Dodoma, Tanzania. “Sometimes we don’t have anything to eat. This year, we cultivated but there was no rain so we have harvested nothing”. Through a ‘climate services’ initiative WFP is implementing, farmers like Joyce are being trained on how to use climate information that will help them make better decisions to protect their food security and livelihoods.

Focus on Women
24 October 2015

A Way Out of Hunger in Lesotho

This is how one group of women facing hard times in the Mountain Kingdom got involved in a savings project and managed to boost their incomes.

22 October 2015

Celebrating UN70: WFP's Emergency Operations Through The Years

The United Nations turns 70 on 24 October 2015. Join us in celebrating by travelling back in time to some of WFP’s most significant emergency operations over the last 30 years.

20 October 2015

Why I Gave Up My Job As A Major Company Boss To Volunteer For WFP

What motivated the Managing Director of one of the Southern Hemisphere's largest logistics and agricultural organizations to give up his job and volunteer for WFP? As he completes a three-and-a-half year assignment with WFP, based mostly in Uganda, Simon Costa explains why he made such a drastic change, which involved being away from his family for three-and-a-half years, and how his work helped to produce unprecedented results in tackling food losses in Uganda.

Climate Change
20 October 2015

The Absence of Rain Creates Worry in Haiti

In the town of Grand Boulage, in the commune of Thomazeau, an hour by car outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s bustling capital city, life slows down considerably. Here, people depend on agriculture to support their families, and the days are measured by the hours of scorching sunlight hitting the small town nestled high up in the mountains. The constant presence of the sun, or rather, the absence of rain, has been a constant worry on people’s minds here, as the severe drought in Haiti has caused many farmers to lose a significant part of the harvest they depend on to feed their families.

19 October 2015

Mauritania: Reaching Families In Need

World Food Programme (WFP) spokeswoman Adel Sarkozi visited Kaedi, in the southern region of Mauritania, where chronic food insecurity coupled with the lean season means that many people struggle to feed themselves and their families, and spoke to people in communities living on the brink of malnutrition. Here's her photo reportage. 


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