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Nutrition
16 March 2012

Feeding The Future Nutrition Education Spreads Best Practice Throughout Laos

Laos has some of the worst child malnutrition rates in the world – every second child under the age of five in rural areas is chronically malnourished, impacting their physical and mental development for a lifetime. Nutrition knowledge is central to tackle this problem, and WFP's innovative nutrition education programme - Feeding the Future - empowers communities throughout the country to improve their diets and ensure children grow up strong and healthy.

15 March 2012

Yemen: Poorest Households Receive Cash To Help With Food Costs

In late 2011, WFP in Yemen began giving cash to the poorest families in the Hajjah and Ibb governorates so that they could afford to buy food. The programme benefits 10,000 vulnerable households, comprising around 70,000 people in total. WFP food monitor Ali Al-Homeidy visited the governorate of Hajjah where he met with family heads collecting their vouchers from their local post office.

14 March 2012

Hunger: The World’s Greatest Solvable Problem

Nearly a billion people go to bed hungry every night. But what would it take to put a stop to this? At WFP, we believe hunger is the world’s greatest solvable problem. 

Purchase for Progress
14 March 2012

High Energy Biscuits Baked in Kabul

A factory in Kabul has begun producing fortified cookies for WFP school meal programmes in Afghanistan.

Contributions to WFP
14 March 2012

Cambodia: Brazilian Ambassador Visits Flood-Affected Communities Assisted By WFP

A senior Brazilian delegation has recently visited World Food Programme flood response operations in Cambodia which have received generous support from the Government of Brazil. The delegation was led by H.E. Ambassador Paulo Cesar Meira de Vasconcellos accompanied by H.E. Dr. Nhim Vanda, Senior Minister and First Vice President of the National Committee for Disaster Management, Edith Heines, WFP Cambodia Deputy Country Director and Bill Pennington, Assistant Country Director for international NGO CARE. 

Responding to Emergencies
12 March 2012

Drought-stricken Ethiopia Provides Relief For Refugees

Fleeing conflict and drought in their native Somalia, Talata and her family undertook a slow and dangerous journey to Ethiopia in search of refuge. Ethiopia, itself reeling from a severe drought, is often seen as a safe haven by refugees fleeing conflict in Somalia, Sudan, and Eritrea.

12 March 2012

South Sudanese Student Describes Life (And Food) In Refugee Camp

Chep Makur Chuo spent 12 years in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to Australia in 2005 to study engineering. He recently contacted WFP via Facebook to say thank you for the food assistance he received during his time at Kakuma camp. He says it allowed him to build a future for himself and his family.

7 March 2012

WFP’s Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger Honoured By WEF

The World Economic Forum has named WFP’s Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger, George Stroumboulopoulos, a Young Global Leader for 2012. The award is further recognition of the popular journalist’s commitment to humanitarian issues, and hunger in particular.

Focus on Women
7 March 2012

Kenya: Young Mother Rescued From Slide Into Severe Malnutrition

Namuding, a young mother in the drought-hit Turkana region of northern Kenya, is fighting off malnutrition thanks to a nutrition programme supported by the EU. Last year’s drought in the Horn of Africa left many communities weakened, making women and children especially vulnerable.

5 March 2012

Universities Fighting Hunger: In Pursuit Of Sustainability

Students concerned about worldwide hunger met in Honduras last weekend for a summit organised by Universities Fighting World Hunger. At the forefront of the discussion was Honduras's own National School Feeding program, which reaches close to 1.5 million children per year. The programme constitutes the largest safety-net in the country.

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Fighting Hunger Worldwide