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Responding to Emergencies
13 February 2012

WFP Brings Food to Drought-Affected People in Northern Afghanistan

In northern Afghanistan, WFP is distributing food to people who lost their harvest last year due to drought.

Preventing Hunger
8 February 2012

Hunger On The Rise In South Sudan, Report Shows

Poor harvests, high food prices and conflict have fuelled a sharp rise in the number of hungry people in South Sudan, according to a new report by WFP and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. The report warned that millions of people in South Sudan risk going hungry unless swift action is taken.

6 February 2012

WFP Launches “6 Degrees Of Freerice”

World Freerice Week kicked off on Monday, with a special call going out to the million registered players of the online trivia game that helps fight hunger. During the week, FreeRice players are encouraged to recruit at least six of their friends to join the community, in line with the popular theory that we are all connected to everyone else in the world - including the hungry - through no more than six people.

Responding to Emergencies
2 February 2012

WFP To Feed 83,000 People In Flood-Hit Mozambique

WFP is working to provide emergency food assistance to some 83,000 people affected by cyclones and severe flooding in Mozambique. Distributions started in early February in central Zambezia province.

Purchase for Progress
1 February 2012

School Kids Eat Haitian Rice For Lunch

Two years after the earthquake, many Haitian schools are serving their children with food grown locally. Knowing they have a buyer, farmers are motivated to produce more food. Knowing they'll get good food, kids are keen to go to school - where they get the nutrition they need, plus an education. It's the virtuous circle at the heart of the strategy by the government and WFP to make Haitians more food secure.

31 January 2012

10 Reasons You Made Hunger Your Cause

Last month, we asked our supporters on Facebook and Twitter to tell us why they had made hunger their cause. We've received some fantastic videos in response. Here are 10 of our favourites.

Responding to Emergencies
31 January 2012

Help Arrives For Victims Of Violence in South Sudan

WFP has stepped up efforts to assist more than 80,000 people driven from their homes by violence in the South Sudan state of Jonglei. In addition to food, WFP is moving in tents, medical supplies and other basic necessities to establish a critical lifeline for families affected by the fighting.

Responding to Emergencies
31 January 2012

Survivors Of Violence In South Sudan Tell Their Stories

"We feel safe here," says Labakal Kalahin, an exhausted mother of four who lost one of her children while fleeing to the village of Pibor from the fighting which erupted late last year in South Sudan’s Jonglei State. She’s among tens of thousands of people driven from their homes by the fighting whom WFP is now moving to assist with food and basic necessities.

Preventing Hunger
30 January 2012

Drought Affects Millions in The Sahel

For the third time in a decade, drought has returned to the Sahel region of West Africa bringing hunger to millions of people across the region. WFP is pre-positioning food assistance ahead of the annual lean season when the vulnerable – especially women and children – are most at risk of malnutrition.

26 January 2012

Thought Leaders At Davos Discuss How To Ensure Food Security

At a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran led a panel of experts including philanthropist Bill Gates in a conversation about global food security. Panelists addressed the need to help small farmers raise production and the vital role played by the private sector in linking farmers to markets.

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