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Food Aid Deliveries Over 5 Million Metric Tons in 2012, Says New Report

According to a newly released report, global food aid deliveries totaled slightly more than 5 million metric tons in 2012. WFP was the chief means of delivering food assistance.

Supply-Chain Guide Gets Nutritious Food Where It Needs To Go

Special nutrition products make up a growing share of the food WFP provides to the world's hungry. But transporting it can be a major logistical challenge. A new set of guidelines published by WFP explain how to manage the complex supply chain necessary to deliver these food products intact.

New WFP Fund Aims To Promote Innovation In Food Assistance

WFP has created an innovation fund to promote collaboration with NGOs in the design and development of new tools and approaches for food assistance. All interested parties are invited to participate.

Do Cash And Voucher Transfers Promote Better Protective Outcomes?

Most of the research into cash and vouchers in food assistance up to now has focused on their impacts on nutrition and the local economy. A new study by WFP and UNHCR suggests they also have benefits in the realm of protection. WFP Policy Officer Gina Pattugalan provides an overview of the report.

WFP Celebrates 500,000 Followers On Twitter

Four years after launching its account on Twitter, WFP has passed the 500,000 followers mark. Social Media Editor Justin Smith reflects on what it means for the UN food agency to reach this important milestone.

New Summary Of Climate Impacts On Food Security And Nutrition

A new primer developed jointly by WFP and UK Met Office Hadley Centre summarises the latest available evidence on the impacts of climate change on food security and nutrition.

A Lesson In Humanitarian Broadcasting

Communicating effectively with people affected by a crisis is one of the most important aspects of the humanitarian response. And yet it's also one of the most overlooked. At a recent workshop in London, WFP Senior Spokesperson Gregory Barrow got a crash course on how agencies like WFP can do a better job of providing the people they serve with accurate, useful and potentially even life-saving information.

New Reference Guide On Nutrition Programming

WFP recently announced the release of a condensed reference guide, Programming for Nutrition-Specific Interventions, which aims at strengthening efforts to treat moderate acute malnutrition, prevent chronic and acute malnutrition during the first 1000 days, and at helping define nutrition priorities post-2015.

Early-Warning System Sees Drought Coming In Namibia

When Namibia’s President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared the country’s drought a national emergency on Friday 17 May, WFP’s support in taking that decision was instrumental. The Namibia Country Office is providing technical assistance for assessments in the country’s 13 regions through a trust fund mechanism. Building the capacity of national governments and local partners is a WFP investment priority.

Health And Wealth Cooking In Brazil

Earlier this month experts and ministers from 37 countries converged on  Costa do Sauípe, Brazil, to debate options for strengthening school feeding programmes for millions of children worldwide. WFP’s Victoria Cavanagh attended the event as part of a delegation from Zimbabwe and sent us this blog.