On behalf of the broader UN community, WFP and UNICEF facilitated the first Data Innovation Lab workshop at technology think tank Singularity University to harness the power of digital growth and the data revolution for sustainable development.
As an engineer for the World Food Programme, no two days are ever the same for Sogol Akef. From constructing roads in Afghanistan to rebuilding communities following a disaster, she tells us what inspired her to choose this line of work and how she got there.
Sleepless nights, stressful days, great people…it must be OpEx Bravo 2015!
EARLY MORNING. It’s six in the morning and the first traders are arriving at this market in one of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s refugee camps. This one, Lusenda, is located in South Kivu, close to the Burundian border. But this market is unlike others – for a start, it’s called a food fair.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.