The 2016 Global Nutrition Report – released in June – is a global stocktake of the world’s progress toward ending malnutrition, and it’s showing some crucial trends. Here are our top five takeaways from the report, and what the World Food Programme (WFP) is doing about them.
The World Food Programme and its partners work with thousands of vulnerable smallholder farmers to improve and diversify their food production.
When Cyclone Roanu hit southern Bangladesh in May it not only endangered poor people’s immediate access to food, but also threatened to derail efforts to help particularly vulnerable women leave extreme poverty behind.
A groundbreaking analysis of school meals across the world offers guidance to governments and development agencies on how to design and implement large-scale sustainable programmes.
The World Food Programme (WFP), along with the Imperial College London's Partnership for Child Development and the World Bank, analysed individual programmes from 14 countries then compared the case studies to identify good practices and lessons learned.
Authors of The Global School Feeding Sourcebook: Lessons from 14 Countries focused on Botswana, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria and South Africa, selected to provide diversity in geography, approach and development.
Here are 10 things they found out:
“They are committed to working against all odds."
20 June is World Refugee Day. In Malawi, WFP’s monthly distributions cover about 90 percent of food consumed by refugees. Without new contributions, WFP faces critical shortfalls that will aggravate the already fragile food security situation of Dzaleka camp.
At the age of 15 Paula (not her real name) escaped the violence in Colombia and moved to the Province of Esmeraldas in Ecuador, in the hope of a better life. But, after a few years of living in Ecuador, she had to escape violence once again, this time from her boyfriend’s abuse.
WFP has been providing food assistance at Dzaleka Refugee Camp – Malawi’s primary official location for refugees – for over two decades. The camp now hosts more than 26,000 people, most of whom are from the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa regions. Recently, unrest in neighbouring Mozambique has resulted in an influx of people – more than 7,000 – seeking refuge in Malawi. WFP is also providing food assistance to this vulnerable group.
WFP’s monthly distributions - of maize, pulses, fortified vegetable oil and fortified,blended food - make up around 90 percent of food consumed by refugees. WFP’s food assistance plays a crucial role in meeting the basic food needs of refugees and helping prevent malnutrition.
To continue providing food assistance, WFP urgently requires US$8.4 million through May 2017. Without new contributions, food stocks will entirely be depleted by the end of November 2016.
The holy month of Ramadan is when families come together around one table at the same time every day for 30 days. But for many Syrians, Ramadan is not the big feast it used to be; it is a reminder of what they lost, what they long for and what they hope they will one day have again. In Zaatari Camp, where about 80,000 people live, big family gatherings around the “Iftar” table as they break the day-long fast is now a distant memory.
WFP is providing food assistance to more than half a million Syrians in Jordan through its innovative e-voucher (or e-cards) programme.
As we remember refugees around the globe on World Refugee Day on Monday 20 June, we remember the plight of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have left behind a whole life and family member they do not know when or if they will ever see again.
“There needs to be a serious conversation on engaging with local faith-based groups.”