Responding to Emergencies
26 May 2016

Government of Sierra Leone receives training from WFP to enhance rapid emergency response capabilities

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa was the largest global public health crisis in recent history, with over 8,000 cases confirmed in Sierra Leone alone. EVD had a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities, claiming the lives of almost 4,000 people and causing widespread socio-economic disruption. In order to contribute toward preventing future outbreaks and to strengthen the ability of Sierra Leone to effectively respond to crises, WFP is supporting national disaster management authorities to develop their capabilities in emergency preparedness and response.

Preventing Hunger
23 May 2016

Promoting Community-Led Resilience and Development Solutions in Burkina Faso

In order to better contribute to reinforcing community resilience and food and nutritional security, WFP has developed a diagnostic and planning approach based on community participation. A training and practical exercise on “Community-Based Participatory Planning” (CBPP) took place from 4 to 8 April 2016 in Banogo, East region. State centralized and decentralized technical and NGO staff and local community members participated in the exercise, which was organized by WFP partner “Appui à la promotion du développement durable des communautés” (APDC).

20 May 2016

ADAM Alert System Extends Its Reach To Boost Humanitarian Response

WFP’s Automated Disaster Analysis and Mapping system (ADAM) is being opened up to other organizations in a move that can improve the collective humanitarian response on the ground. 

20 May 2016

Food Revolution Day

WFP is supporting Food Revolution Day on Friday 20 May as a means of helping tackle child malnutrition. The day forms part of the wider Food Revolution – a global campaign run by the Jamie Oliver Foundation to inspire positive change in how people access, consume and understand food.

Responding to Emergencies
16 May 2016

Ecuador Earthquake One Month On: One Man's Story Of Loss And Of Determination

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador a month ago had a devastating impact, with more than 650 people killed, 7,000 injured and more than 500,000 in need of humanitarian assistance. Among those affected was WFP's Jorge Arteaga, who lost three family members in the quake.

Here he describes the immediate aftermath of the disaster, WFP's response and how he has played his own part despite his personal loss.

13 May 2016

10 Facts About Hunger In Tanzania

Help us raise awareness on the effects of hunger and malnutrition in Tanzania by sharing these ten facts.

Focus on Women
12 May 2016

In Guinea, WFP Supports Women Farmers to Produce more to Feed and Educate their Children

More than 17 percent of primary school-aged population in Guinea is not attending classes, three-quarters of them are girls. The main reasons include cultural beliefs, ignorance and poverty. To encourage parents to send their children to school and address rural poverty, WFP is implementing since 2015 a “Home-Grown School Feeding” pilot in 281 schools in Forest Guinea.  Funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), this initiative supports smallholder farmers particularly women to produce rice and fresh vegetables that are locally purchased and supplied to the schools to feed school children in most food insecure areas of the country.

Students
11 May 2016

No Lost Generation – Students Uniting for Syrian Refugees

Not since World War II has mankind seen the level of human suffering as in Syria today. On May 23-24, the United Nations will convene the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, to address what has been deemed the greatest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime and to develop a global call to action on crises around the world.

3 May 2016

Adapting to climate change and ensuring food security in the highlands of Ecuador

Local communities in the highlands of Ecuador have felt the direct impact of climate change through the loss of agricultural yields, fishery and tourism. Rosa Maria Cacuango, a smallholder farmer, has directly faced this challenge. Lack of rainfall and frequent droughts led to food insecurity as well as loss of income among her community. But now, Rosa Maria is more resilient, thanks to the “Enhancing Resilience of Communities to the Adverse Effects of Climate Change on Food Security” or the FORECCSA project, implemented by the government with WFP’s support.

2 May 2016

WFP’s Response to the Ecuador Earthquake in Photos

Following the earthquake that destroyed both lives and buildings, humanitarian response is arriving in Ecuador.

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