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Though one sounds like a medical contraption and the other a geometry problem, water pans and trapezoidal bunds are actually vital instruments Kenyan herders and farmers can use to collect and preserve rainwater for human and livestock consumption and crop irrigation in areas regularly impacted by droughts.
The plan for the Horn of Africa, hit so hard by droughts and hunger in recent years, involves short-term action to improve levels of nutrition, early recovery strategies and promoting resilience in the long term. The approach is outlined in two key documents.
WFP is hosting a meeting of heads of humanitarian agencies and donor governments on Wednesday 15 February to address the urgent need for a scaling up of humanitarian assistance in the Sahel, where drought and food shortages are causing hunger and threatening lives.
WFP and PepsiCo recently sat down to discuss a ground-breaking public-private partnership at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The initiative, called Enterprise EthioPEA, will support smallholder chickpea farmers in Ethiopia and develop a locally made nutritional product.
WFP and IFAD are working together on a project to provide weather index-based insurance to cover small farmers in case of climate-related risk like flood and droughts. Recently, the partnership yielded a technical guide, providing practical decision-making steps for practitioners and donors.
Good emergency responses depend on decision-makers understanding the situation on the ground. That’s why getting sophisticated data and quickly turning it into maps is a precious skill. WFP and Turin-based research centre ITHACA has been helping the government and NGO partners in Myanmar to use the latest technology in the field to map situations such as the cyclone devastation caused by Nargis in 2008.
It's important to be able to use a VHF radio correctly in emergency operations because the security of humanitarian workers often depends on these devices. So, one of the things WFP often needs to do is to train staff and operatives of other partner organisations to use them. Mick Eccles, radio trainer for WFP’s Fast IT, Telecoms, Emergency and Support Team (FITTEST), was recently deployed to Libya to do this job.
As a Senior Specialist for WFP’s Fast IT and Telecommunications Emergency and Support Team (FITTEST), Rob Buurveld was deployed to Benghazi for a second mission to assist the humanitarian community in establishing essential communications networks. In the time between his two missions, Rob noticed a lot of positive changes.
Ryan Twittey, Electrical Specialist for WFP’s Fast IT and Telecommunications Emergency and Support Team (FITTEST), was in Côte d'Ivoire during the recent conflict installing equipment needed to establish interagency communications networks. The networks established by Ryan and the team will be used to monitor the security and safety of humanitarian workers in the field.