Recurring droughts are causing chronic food insecurity in the Sahel region of West Africa. To address the food shortages threatening millions of lives, WFP and other aid agencies are scaling up humanitarian assistance. If you want to know more about the region and its current emergency, here are six ‘must- read’ articles (or must-see videos) to start you off.
Despite an excellent harvest of rice in the fields, Joana Latila and her husband, who support four grandchildren, found themselves without immediate access to food.
UN agency heads and representatives from governments will meet at WFP headquarters on Wednesday to address the urgent need to scale up humanitarian assistance in the Sahel, where drought and food shortages are threatening millions of people with hunger.
After visiting a refugee camp in Somalia and a slum in the Kenyan capital, Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson has reaffirmed his determination to help WFP fight hunger in the region. The rapper has already committed to provide a billion meals for the hungry.
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.
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.
WFP is working to provide emergency food aid to more than 70,000 people affected by cyclones and severe flooding in Mozambique. Distributions started on Thursday in the central Zambezia province.
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.