9 April 2015

Vanuatu: Reconnecting After Cyclone Pam

Within hours of Cyclone Pam tearing through Vanuatu, the critical need for communications was blaringly obvious. Why? With the exception of the capital, Port Vila on Efate Island, the other 64 inhabited islands that comprise the country were largely incommunicado. Without communications, there was no way of knowing the impact this Category 5 storm had made on the small island nation. 

7 April 2015

Guinea: Responding to Shifting Ebola Landscape

As new Ebola cases emerge in the southern regions of Guinea and near the country’s capital, WFP has shifted focus by opening a new office in the town of Forecariah. This office, along with two new mobile storage units with a combined 800 metric tons of capacity, will help staff on the ground better reach vulnerable people most in need of assistance.

31 March 2015

10 Facts About WFP’s Fight Against Hunger in Nicaragua

A timeline of the top ten WFP operations in Nicaragua.

Nutrition
30 March 2015

Assisting Communities In Remote Northern Laos

Life can be difficult in northern Lao PDR with as many as two-thirds of villages not accessible by road during the rainy season and up to half of the population living below the poverty line.  Non Lao-Thai ethnic groups living in remote areas typically have lower health and education levels than the national average - partly due to poor access to services or cultural and linguistic barriers.  WFP is working in the remotest areas of Lao PDR to reduce undernutrition and improve access to health and education, especially for girls.  

Focus on Women
30 March 2015

Philippines: Women Humanitarian Workers Contribute To Zero Hunger

Behind efforts to achieve Zero Hunger are humanitarian staff working tirelessly in the field or behind office desks. Here is the story of two women staff from the World Food Programme (WFP) Philippines, Haydee Balading and Charlyn Pendang, who contribute to addressing food and nutrition security in the country.

Responding to Emergencies
27 March 2015

South Sudan Conflict Shatters Woman’s Teaching Dream and Leaves her Hungry

Fifteen months of fighting in South Sudan has forced almost two million people from their homes, damaged farming and trade and devastated people’s lives. Elizabeth Nyalat, who is among 50,000 receiving food assistance from WFP in a place called Ganyiel, tells how the war destroyed her dream of becoming a school teacher. 

27 March 2015

Vanuatu: Picking Up The Pieces After Cyclone Pam

When Christine Manu saw the alert on her phone, she knew it meant trouble. It was time to grab her mother and daughter, and run. It’s cyclone season in Vanuatu, and the government sends colour-coded messages through radio and mobile phones advising people the level of intensity. 

24 March 2015

Nigerian Refugees Receive Food As Border Violence Continues

The only way to reach Sayam Forage, in a desert area of Niger's eastern edge, is on a bumpy road that never ends. Dusty shrubs flick by. The sameness of the landscape is hypnotic until we finally reach our destination, some 50 kilometres from the border with Nigeria.

Climate Change
24 March 2015

Tackling Climate Change In Upper Egypt

Climate change is a serious threat to smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt, one of the country’s poorest areas. Extreme heat waves usually have a devastating impact on their harvests and consequently their incomes throughout the year. In 2013, WFP launched a four-year project in partnership with the government to help farmers in southern Egypt cope with harsh weather conditions.

24 March 2015

School Meals in Chad: Building a Brighter Future

Chad suffers from chronic food insecurity. Conflict in Nigeria and other neighbouring countries has led to an influx of 450,000 refugees, placing more pressure on food supplies and disrupting local agricultural production.  WFP is working with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD) to provide hot meals for school children in Mao, in the country's Sahel region.

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