Cash and Vouchers
17 November 2015

Palestine: Innovation, Partnerships And 'One Card' To Assist Those In Need

Hanan is a Palestinian woman from Gaza. With the 'One Card' Hanan can buy nutritious food at local shops. But this card is used for much more: people can buy water, hygiene products and even school uniforms for children. It makes life easier - it's all on one card. 

17 November 2015

Yoghurt In Burkina Faso’s School Meals: Benefitting Students And Small-Scale Women Producers

As part of its school meals project in Burkina Faso, the World Food Programme (WFP) uses locally-produced yoghurt to enrich children’s school meals and provide a market for vulnerable small-scale producers to earn an extra income.

Students in twelve schools have benefitted from this initiative since May, when WFP introduced yoghurt into its school meals. In the 2015-2016 school year, the yoghurt initiative will expand to 20 schools, reaching 2,500 students. This school year, the overall school meals program will reach over 120,000 students in 955 schools in the Sahel region where food insecurity is high, and school enrolment rates are low. Not only the students, however, benefit from this initiative.

13 November 2015

10 Facts About Hunger In Myanmar

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

12 November 2015

The Conflict In Ukraine: Shattering Houses, Memories And Families

Aleksandra Yakovchuk, 77, was sleeping in the kitchen, the warmest place in her house, when she woke up to a very loud bang. That was the sound of shelling. Within seconds, all her windows were shattered, doors fell off their hinges, and the roof was severely destroyed. “It was an unspeakable nightmare,” she says. 

12 November 2015

FamilyChef: Priscilla's Caterpillar Surprise

While still distributing food to those most in need, WFP is increasingly giving vouchers or cash so that people can choose what food they want to eat and where they want to buy it. Zimbabwe is one of many countries where WFP is putting cash into the hands of hungry people. Today, VoucherChef takes you to central Zimbabwe where Priscilla invites you to taste her scrumptious caterpillars.

12 November 2015

Algeria: WFP Forced To Reduce Rations For ‘Forgotten’ Sahrawi Refugees

ALGIERS – As a result of insufficient funding for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), refugees from Western Sahara living in Algeria are now receiving, for the third consecutive month, a reduced ration that does not meet the minimum daily needs. The cuts come as the Sahrawi refugee crisis enters its 40th year. 

Climate Change
11 November 2015

El Niño Drought Projections Worry Lesotho Farmers

After one poor agricultural season, farmers in Lesotho are now feeling the effects of theEl Niño weather event which means reduced rainfall - yet again - for most of southern Africa. In such circumstances, it is not easy to keep your hopes up...

6 November 2015

Niger: Resilience Project Starts Bearing Fruit

Darey - Joyful villagers sit under a community hangar, smiling broadly. The topic of their conversation? The harvest season. It is raining constantly and the harvest outlook is encouraging, provided that rains do not stop halfway through the season. The villagers are not happy only because of the abundant rains, however. Thanks to a resilience project funded by USAID's Food for Peace programme and implemented by WFP and FAO, the villagers have been able to rehabilitate their land for agriculture and cultivate close to home.

6 November 2015

El Niño: What Is It And Why Does It Matter?

A quick guide to help you understand what El Niño is, why it can't be neglected and what the World Food Programme (WFP) is doing to respond.

4 November 2015

Cash Helps Drought-Stricken Farmers In Zimbabwe

Southern Africa is suffering a food crisis, with over 27 million* people facing hunger over the next six months. 

In Zimbabwe 1.5 million people are not able to access the food they need to be healthy. WFP's David Orr met hundreds of farmers in Sasula, central Zimbabwe, who have lost all of their crops to drought, leaving them without food and destroying their livelihoods. As they waited to receive cash distributions from the World Food Programme, they shared their stories and explained why this year has been such a difficult one.

*Source: Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)

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