An Innovations Fund set up in 2008 thanks to US$76 million investment by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is enabling WFP to transform the way it provides food assistance and has sparked important developments in a key programme linking farmers to markets and in the use of cash and vouchers.
42-year-old Eugenia used to have a thriving chicken farm, before it was washed away by a wave of flash floods in eastern Bolivia. Afterwards, she feared that her family would have to eat their few remaining chickens to survive. But thanks to emergency food assistance, she’ll be able to keep her chickens and raise more as she rebuilds her farm.
Former marathon champion Paul Tergat became a World Food Programme Ambassador against Hunger in 2003. He still credits WFP’s school meals programme for sending him to school as a child growing up in Kenya’s Rift Valley. The opportunity paved the way for him to become one of the world’s most talented runners. Here are the five key dates that he says shaped his life.
WFP has started moving food assistance through a new humanitarian corridor into western Libya to get help to areas beyond reach until now because of the fighting. Meanwhile, in other parts of the country food continues to arrive through land and sea channels.
Just a few weeks after launching, the social sharing platform WeFeedback has already raised enough money to feed more than 100,000 hungry children. Among the growing number of people who have turned their favourite foods into school meals for kids are singer Christina Aguilera and actress Drew Barrymore. Go to Feedback Calculator
A family escaping the conflict in Libya has described to WFP the growing problems that civilians inside the North African country face when trying to find food. “They just need the basic stuff – flour, water – because they don’t have anything,” said Mohammed, a student interviewed as he escaped by sea to Egypt.
Amadou and Mariam, the acclaimed Malian pop duo, are WFP’s newest Ambassadors Against Hunger, and the first devoted to raising hunger awareness in the EU. The announcement followed the two singers’ return from Haiti, where they met with families still suffering from the devastation of the January 2010 earthquake.
WFP is ramping up efforts to assist people displaced by violence in Cote d’Ivoire with a series of airlifts that will help feed over 75,000 people around the country. Meanwhile, a logistically challenging operation is underway to feed some 150,000 refugees in remote areas of neighboring Liberia.
Graan Jaff is the chief of WFP operations in western Côte d’Ivoire. For the past few months, he’s been at the middle of the country’s upheaval, working to get food to the people who need it. Jaff, who’s based in the western city of Man, says that tens of thousands of people on the run are hungry and scared, and that reaching them with help is no easy job.
Graan Jaff is the chief of WFP operations in western Côte d’Ivoire. For the past few months, he’s been at the middle of the country’s upheaval, working to get food to the people who need it. Jaff says that tens of thousands of people on the run are hungry and scared, and that reaching them with help is no easy job.