A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
Spending three whole days in an echoey classroom in a dusty warehouse discussing problems and mistakes made isn't everyone's idea of fun. But in the emergency world it's a necessity and this is why a Lessons Learnt exercise covering Vanuatu, Nepal and West Africa was planned.
After spending a few hours running around the warehouse in Dubai packing the vital IT equipment needed to respond to Tropical Cyclone Winston, Rob Buurveld was soon settling in to an 21-hour trip to Fiji. A senior IT specialist in the Fast IT and Telecommunications Emergency and Support Team (FITTEST), WFP IT's emergency response team, Rob was deployed to carry out a number of critical assessment missions spread over three groups of outer lying islands which saw the full impact of Winston's power.
It is said that in challenging times strong relationships are built. Proving this might be true, two Togolese IT specialists are working hand in hand to achieve one objective: to provide vital communications services to the response community in Central African Republic (C.A.R.) - one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time, now in danger of being forgotten.
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.
The Municipality of South Upi is one of the worst affected by the effects of El Niño in the Philippines. Read how the people are coping with the challenges of drought in their community.
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).
When families struggle to get enough to eat at a time of crisis, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. WFP’s specialized nutrition support has been a vital part of the response to the ongoing drought crisis in Ethiopia.
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.