More than 17 percent of primary school-aged population in Guinea is not attending classes, three-quarters of them are girls. The main reasons include cultural beliefs, ignorance and poverty. To encourage parents to send their children to school and address rural poverty, WFP is implementing since 2015 a “Home-Grown School Feeding” pilot in 281 schools in Forest Guinea. Funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), this initiative supports smallholder farmers particularly women to produce rice and fresh vegetables that are locally purchased and supplied to the schools to feed school children in most food insecure areas of the country.
Not since World War II has mankind seen the level of human suffering as in Syria today. On May 23-24, the United Nations will convene the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, to address what has been deemed the greatest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime and to develop a global call to action on crises around the world.
Local communities in the highlands of Ecuador have felt the direct impact of climate change through the loss of agricultural yields, fishery and tourism. Rosa Maria Cacuango, a smallholder farmer, has directly faced this challenge. Lack of rainfall and frequent droughts led to food insecurity as well as loss of income among her community. But now, Rosa Maria is more resilient, thanks to the “Enhancing Resilience of Communities to the Adverse Effects of Climate Change on Food Security” or the FORECCSA project, implemented by the government with WFP’s support.
Following the earthquake that destroyed both lives and buildings, humanitarian response is arriving in Ecuador.
Three years of conflict have left a heavy toll on the people of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). Nearly one million people are still uprooted. Half of the population faces hunger. Now, peace is coming to C.A.R. and people need support to recover and rebuild.
In India, a WFP-supported efficiency drive is bringing bar-coded ration cards to the world’s largest food distribution programme.
With a third of its people living in poverty, the state of Odisha – formerly known as Orissa – is among India’s worst performers on most measures of social wellbeing. This makes it a good testing ground for reforms to India’s vast food distribution system. WFP is proud to support this modernization process.
The Paris Agreement has been signed on April 22 by global leaders. The valubale text, reached at COP 21 in December, set an unprecedented standard in addressing the causes and impact of climate change. Now it needs to be translated into urgent and ambitious investment and action. In this quick guide, we explain the World Food Programme’s work to build the resilience of vulnerable people to climate change, and what the Paris Agreement means for our goal of ending hunger by 2030.
One survivor of Ecuador’s earthquake describes the terrifying moment when the ground began to tremble – and how she watched helpless as her home collapsed before her.
To combat escalating malnutrition rates, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), is funding WFP and UNICEF to ensure comprehensive nutrition treatment services are available for children and pregnant/breastfeeding women at health facilities in 25 districts affected by the current food insecurity in Malawi. In districts with high incidences of HIV and tuberculosis (TB), malnutrition treatment services are also offered to malnourished adults.