International Women’s Day 2014
WFP Empowers women to end hunger
Bangladesh 15 May 2013
WFP engages ultra poor rural women and men in the planning and building of assets that increase their communities’ resilience to natural disasters and the effects of climate change and strengthen their agricultural production. WFP also provides training on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation as well as hygiene, sanitation and nutrition. Over the course of two years the participants, more than 70 percent of whom are women, receive food and cash for the work invested in community assets during the dry season and their participation in training during the rainy season.
In a third programme year, women from participating households are trained on developing a small business and receive a cash grant for investment as well as a monthly cash transfer. The monthly payment allows them to focus on growing their investment and increase their families’ economic resilience, food security and nutrition in the long term.
In the photo: a smiling portrait of Minoti Gain at work.
In the photo: Mina Mondol, a forty years old beneficiary, in a smiling portrait.
Photos one and two: WFP/Ranak Martin
Burkina Faso, Dori 1st October 2012
Targeted Food Assistance, Sebba, Sahel Region
In collaboration with the national partner Croix Rouge Burkina WFP implements this Targeted Food Assistance project in the framework of the protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO), The project is implemented to assist the most vulnerable populations during the lean season from July to October. These kinds of projects are co-funded by EU member’s states, the EC or ECHO and are divided into Food and Cash deliveries; food is provided in the three most food insecure regions (including the Sahel Region) where WFP assists the vulnerable households with 38.5 kg of food commodities.
WFP specially provides support to women and young mothers to ensure that their children are adequately nourished and can grow healthy.
Photo three: WFP/Rein Skullerud
Ethiopia, 4 July 2013 Sheddar Somali Refugee Camp (Jijiga), Somali region,
WFP and ECHO cash distributions to Somali refugees in Ethiopia
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its first cash distributions to refugees in Ethiopia this month, with the financial support of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO).
More than 12,000 refugees started receiving monthly cash entitlements last week in addition to a monthly food allocation. This is a pilot project starting in the Sheddar refugee camp in the Somali regional state capital of Jijiga.
“Our main aim is to find the best way to meet refugee needs,” said Dr. Johan Heffinck from ECHO Ethiopia. “Providing cash directly to people can be more effective, as well as empowering for the refugees, since it allows them decide for themselves what their families need most.”
WFP’s food assistance to vulnerable communities (especially women and young mothers) has traditionally been provided in the form of food rations. However, when conditions are right and the local market is responsive enough, WFP can use different tools such as cash or vouchers, which give people more choice and also benefit the local economy.
“The cash allows refugees to have more control in diversifying their diets, and they can buy milk, vegetables or pasta directly from the local market,” said Abdou Dieng, WFP Country Director in Ethiopia.
“The initiative has been made possible thanks to excellent partnerships,” Mr Dieng added, highlighting the collaboration between the Government of Ethiopia, , UNHCR and ECHO who funded the project with a contribution of 1 million Euros (USD 1,3 million).
Refugees at Sheddar camp receive a monthly ration of 13.9 kilograms of food, including wheat, rice, pulses, corn-soya blend, oil, sugar and salt, as well as a cash allocation of 100 Ethiopian Birr (US$5) per person.
About 13,000 additional refugees will start receiving cash in the same region in October.
In the Photo, Ms. Zemzem Mohammed Musse.
“I arrived here in 2008 with my 8 children. My husband left me in fear of clan conflict when we were in Somalia. I had to flee to Ethiopia. It took me 7 days and 7 nights to reach here in this camp. I have been receiving food and shelter. I cannot express my happiness that cash is also added to the assistance we are being given. With the money I received I bought all these food items, (ie onion, spaghetti, pepper, washing powder, etc.) Now I will also be able to pay back my debts. There seems to be no peace in Somalia in all four directions and we are hoping that the donor community does its best to find a permanent settlement for us in some other country.” She said.
Photo four: WFP/Giulio d’Adamo
Cambodia, Kampong Speu, Tanoun Village, 28 March 2012
WFP has been in Cambodia since 1979, and has acquired significant knowledge of household food security, accumulated extensive field experience and developed strong relationships with the Government and a range of other cooperating partners. These comparative advantages are complemented with reliable resource supply chains and solid knowledge of food markets.
The food-for-work (FFW) activities beginning in the mid-1990s have built and rehabilitated rural community infrastructure, including over 10,000 km of feeder roads, more than a third of the national tertiary road network. WFP has also developed standards, work norms and management tools now used by the Government and other agencies for labour-intensive community works programmes. A 2010 FFW appraisal mission confirmed that WFP interventions functioned as a safety net and strengthened communities’ resilience to shocks through asset creation. The Country Programme foresees that the FFA interventions will provide off-season labour opportunities for food-insecure households to participate in creating community assets. Through a participatory process, communities will select assets that help generate higher agricultural productivity, increased access to markets and social infrastructure, and improved resilience to climate shocks. Community assets may include tertiary feeder roads, irrigation canals, small dams and dykes, fish ponds and trees.
A Cambodian woman working during an irrigation canal construction at Tanoun Village, Por Mreal Commune in Boseth District of Kampong Speu province.
Cambodian Chey Serm, 63, pauses during work during fish pond construction project at Tanoun Village, Por Mreal Commune in Boseth District of Kampong Speu province.
Photos five and six: WFP/David Longstreath
Mali 4 October 2012 Diancounte Camara village in Kayes region.
Severe drought caused by failure and uneven distribution of rainfall and prolonged dry spells in 2011 led to a delayed planting season, resulting in a sharp drop in agricultural production and reduced food availability. About 4.6 million people are currently estimated to be at risk of food insecurity in Mali due to the food and nutritional crisis and the crisis in the North. The numbers of Internally displaced persons (IDPs), due to conflict, are rising WFP is intervening in the eight regions of Mali with the implementation of food assistance, nutritional and resilience building interventions.
Nutrition activities include the Prevention of moderate acute malnutrition for children 6-23 months. Beneficiary children receive Plumpy’Sup (46g/day) for 250 kcal/pers/day.
Prevention of moderate acute malnutrition for pregnant and lactating women. Beneficiary women receive oil (20g/day) and supercereal (250/day for ) for 1,200 kcal/pers/day.
Treatment of moderate acute malnutrition for children 6-59 months. Beneficiary children receive Plumpy’Sup (92g/day) for 500 kcal/pers/day.
Treatment of moderate acute malnutrition for pregnant and lactating women. Beneficiary women receive oil (20g/day) and supercereal (250/day) for 1,200 kcal/pers/day.
Overall, WFP in Mali aims to reach 229,250 beneficiaries trough prevention of moderate acute malnutrition for children 6-23 months and for pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and 93,220 beneficiaries for treatment of moderate acute malnutrition children 6-59 months and PLW.
Photo seven: WFP/Rein Skullerud
Jaramana Refugee Camp, Syria, 18 December 2013
Thousands of Syrians continue to move from one place to another seeking nothing but safety for themselves and their loved ones. Many of them are left homeless, jobless and in fear of losing even their hope for a peaceful future.
Access to basic needs including food, water, electricity and medical supplies has been interrupted in areas witnessing armed activities. WFP √ê in partnership with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and 23 other local organizations√ê is providing food assistance to Syrian refugees.
Hundreds of thousands of families have fled the violence in their country and have taken refuge in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. Humanitarian needs assessments in these countries showed that food is a top priority and WFP is responding to refugees√ï needs with food distributions and innovative food vouchers.
In the photo: Nesrine’s daughter helped her flee from Eastern Ghouta to a safe haven in rural Damascus, a difficult journey for a woman of her age. She currently lives in a collective shelter internally displaced families where a local NGO uses WFP food rations to prepare hot meals every week.
Photo eight: WFP/Dina Elkassaby
Peru, February 2008
A mother and her small toddler Ayacucho, located in the andean highlands of Peru, pose as a picture of is taken of them.
Ayacucho is one of the departments where WFP implements development project “Promotion of Sustainable Development of Andean Microwatersheds”.
The project aims to protect livelihoods in crisis situations, enhance resilience to shocks and improve the nutrition and health of vulnerable groups of women and children (WFP Strategic Objectives 2, 3, 4) in the Country´s poorest departments(Ayacucho, Apurimac, Huancavelica,) and marginalized areas in Lima.
It contributes to the sustainable socioeconomic development of Andean watershed rural communities and improves living conditions of poor families through five components: agriculture/school infrastructure (FFW), literacy/nutritional education(FFT), MCH and HIV/AIDS. FFW activities seek to raise income levels of smallscale farmers through agriculture related training and by improving school infrastructures.
The nutrition component (FFT) is directed at improving women´s knowledge, attitudes and practices in hygiene, health and nutrition. Through the literacy programme (FFT) female participation and decision-making abilities are enhanced. The HIV/AIDS component supports individuals with a balanced ration to improve their health and increase their knowledge in prevention and nutrition through training sessions.
Photo nine: WFP/Victor Mendoza
Zambia Luangua, April 2008
Veronica Band, is the head of a family of 16 members. She does not have any children of her own but feeds other 10 children. She joined COMACO and began growing organic cotton, nuts, maize and cassava very successfully through the assistance provided by WFP and its implementing partner COMACO that stands for Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO).
COMACO promotes income generation, biodiversity conservation, and food security in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley. The organization links more than 40,000 rural households with lucrative and sustainable livelihood options, encourages methods for improving agricultural outputs through “conservation farming”, and provides access to markets.
Photo ten:WFP/Rein Skullerud