Burkina Faso, October 2012

Burkina Faso, is a landlocked country with borders that touch six countries: Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d’Ivoire to the southwest. It has few natural resources, a weak industrial base and relies heavily on cotton and gold exports for revenue.  The economy is barely diversified and largely dependent on the primary sector.

The WFP Country Programme constitutes a shift towards innovative approaches for sustainable hunger solutions, with emphasis on supporting local economies and national structures. The objective is to ensure food and nutrition security, particularly for women and children, in a context of climate change whereby disaster prevention and preparedness become critical elements of poverty-reduction policies. All activities take into account WFP’s gender policy. WFP assistance will reach an average of 560 000 beneficiaries per year in 3 regions (Sahel, East and North), characterized by structural food insecurity, high rates of chronic malnutrition, low school enrolment, illiteracy and low attendance of health facilities. More than 80 % of the food distributed is purchased locally.

Photos: WFP/Rein Skullerud

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Chad, Kanem region, Mother and Child Health Center in Wadjgui, 24 September 2012

Mothers bring their children to the health center where they are measured using the MUAC system and weighed to assess their nutritional state. Mothers that have children that are just under the standard measurements receive a ration of Super Cereal and oil.

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Chad, Abeche, 27 September 2012

In the regional hospital of Abeche moderately and severely malnourished children receive supplementary food from WFP and medical treatment through UNICEF.

Via the World Food Programme the European Union provides food assistance to mothers of moderately malnourished children and mothers of acutely malnourished children, the latter also receive additional food rations to bring home in order to feed the children they have left behind  for the period of time they will spend in the hospital with their malnourished children.

Left Photo: Moderately malnourished child being measured and weighed to assess the condition.

Right Photo: This mother of five has been in the hospital with her youngest daughter for four days and said she is thankful that she managed to send food home for her other four children.

Photos: WFP/Rein Skullerud

Hungr In The News

Food Insecurity In Pakistan Rises To 58%, National Nutritional Survey —News Pakistan

According to a survey conducted by National Nutritional Survey in 2011, almost 58% of Pakistanis are food insecure. A WFP representative said, “The situation has gone from bad to worse especially in Sindh where malnutrition and food insecurity among women and children has increased.”

Syria Battles Food Security IssuesThe Wall Street Journal 

Syria is struggling to afford and secure ample food supplies for its domestic population as the European Union’s ban on oil imports puts severe strain on the country’s finances. “The prolonged unrest is often causing disruptions in food distribution channels, leading to localized shortages in several markets,” according to FAO. 

10 Easy Ways to Give Back in the New Year —Shine From Yahoo

Don’t have the extra cash or time to max out your karmic potential? Read our charity cheat sheet - a roundup of 10 easy ways to pay it forward. Give back and goof off with a Web game instead. Free Rice donates rice to WFP for right answers

Malnutrition Widespread In Indian Children, Report Finds –-The New York Times

Roughly 42% of all Indian children under age 5 suffer from malnutrition, a sobering reminder of the persistence of poverty and hunger in the world’s largest democracy, according to a major report released on Tuesday. The extensive food subsidy program that India already operates allocates grain and kerosene to the poor. 

To Create Food Security In Africa, Focus On The Value Chain –-Newstime Africa

The tragic famine in Somalia has once again focused concern on food security in Africa. There are many facets to this issue, and many solutions. While there is a role for relief in addressing food insecurity, the only real solutions center on development. 

This is what it looks like to win a battle against hunger. On the left is Michael, a severely malnourished child from Haiti. On the right is Michael again, just four months later.
Find out more about how Michael won
Photo by WFP/Stephanie Tremblay

This is what it looks like to win a battle against hunger. On the left is Michael, a severely malnourished child from Haiti. On the right is Michael again, just four months later.

Find out more about how Michael won

Photo by WFP/Stephanie Tremblay

Hungr in the News

Global Leaders Gather in S. Korea Amid Financial Jitters for World’s Premier Aid Forum —The Washington Post/ AP

The rich countries that traditionally give aid question how much they should spend amid tough domestic budget fights and fears that a European financial crisis could spread. Aid groups, meanwhile, worry that donors will retreat from crucial programs for those living in crushing poverty. Global heavyweights, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will try to use the three-day Busan forum to argue that, despite mounting economic uncertainties, the world needs stronger aid programs with better coordination and transparency.

Concern Climate Change Threatens Global SecurityAFP

Droughts and floods which devastate crops and rising seas which imperil coastal cities will become potent triggers for famine, disease and homelessness, in turn inflaming tensions and leading to unrest, say experts. Wheat, corn, and sorghum have all seen global spikes in the past 18 months, but in the drought-hit Horn of Africa their prices have at times doubled or tripled compared to a five-year average. 

Bangladesh: Climate Change to Increase Hunger and MalnutritionGlobal Voices

As governments prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP17) in South Africa, experts warn that among climate change’s greatest consequences in developing countries such as Bangladesh are risks to the agriculture sector, including an increased risk of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity. WFP reports that by 2050, climate change is expected to increase the number of hungry people by 10 to 20%, and the number of malnourished children is expected to increase by 24 million.

Remarkably, these are two photos of the same child. On the left, Sadak Hassan Abdi, 18-months-old and severely malnourished after his long journey to escape famine in Somalia. On the right, Sadak five weeks later, after receiving a special nutrition product called Plumpy’Sup from WFP. 
You can read more about his story here.

Remarkably, these are two photos of the same child. On the left, Sadak Hassan Abdi, 18-months-old and severely malnourished after his long journey to escape famine in Somalia. On the right, Sadak five weeks later, after receiving a special nutrition product called Plumpy’Sup from WFP. 

You can read more about his story here.