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01/25/2014 - 20:16

According to a newly released report, global food aid deliveries totaled slightly more than 5 million metric tons in 2012. WFP was the chief means of delivering food assistance.

The annual Food Aid Flows Report gives an overview of trends in global food aid deliveries by donor governments, non-governmental organizations and WFP. It also includes additional statistical information as annexes.

The report is based on information from the International Food Aid Information System (INTERFAIS), which was developed by WFP for the purpose of improving food aid management, coordination, reporting and analysis.

The 2012 report provides key insights into food aid flows, including:

Emmanuel Drouhin
10/09/2013 - 15:07

Special nutrition products make up a growing share of the food WFP provides to the world's hungry. But transporting it can be a major logistical challenge. A new set of guidelines published by WFP explain how to manage the complex supply chain necessary to deliver these food products intact.

Making sure that beneficiaries get the right food at the right time is a crucial element to the success of WFP operations. The nutritional well-being of the people it serves is paramount. Indeed, the use of specialised nutritious foods in our operations has dramatically increased in the last years.

10/01/2013 - 10:33

WFP has created an innovation fund to promote collaboration with NGOs in the design and development of new tools and approaches for food assistance. All interested parties are invited to participate.

The newly established WFP fund – the Cooperating Partners’ Innovation Fund (CPIF) – is focusing in its first year on innovative ideas around cash and voucher programming.

09/26/2013 - 17:50

Most of the research into cash and vouchers in food assistance up to now has focused on their impacts on nutrition and the local economy. A new study by WFP and UNHCR suggests they also have benefits in the realm of protection. WFP Policy Officer Gina Pattugalan provides an overview of the report.

With cash and voucher transfers increasing as a form of humanitarian assistance, WFP and UNHCR teamed up to study the potential protection and gender impact of such transfers. While much study had been done about economic and market impacts of cash and voucher transfers, there was less focus on the human dimensions of such transfers: examining dignity and empowerment of beneficiaries, beneficiary safety, and whether and how beneficiaries’ access to assistance as well as gender dynamics and community relations, and beneficiary preferences.

Justin Smith
09/20/2013 - 19:36

Four years after launching its account on Twitter, WFP has passed the 500,000 followers mark. Social Media Editor Justin Smith reflects on what it means for the UN food agency to reach this important milestone.

ROME—Four years ago, WFP’s web team gathered around a computer at our headquarters in Rome and launched our account on Twitter. WFP was one of the first UN agencies to start using social media and we knew we were doing something important.

08/12/2013 - 11:58

A new primer developed jointly by WFP and UK Met Office Hadley Centre summarises the latest available evidence on the impacts of climate change on food security and nutrition.

BLED – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) lead authors met this month in Bled, Slovenia to review and finalise their Report Climate Change 2013: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. The Report will be part of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report which will summarise the latest climate science, and will examine potential impacts on different sectors and different regions.

07/26/2013 - 17:30

Communicating effectively with people affected by a crisis is one of the most important aspects of the humanitarian response. And yet it's also one of the most overlooked. At a recent workshop in London, WFP Senior Spokesperson Gregory Barrow got a crash course on how agencies like WFP can do a better job of providing the people they serve with accurate, useful and potentially even life-saving information.

“Don’t forget the snakes,” one of the trainers reminded us as we wound up the day’s session and went through the main lessons that we had learned over the previous few hours. The “Humanitarian Broadcasting” seminar, delivered by the CDAC (Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities) Network in London had given us a crash course in how to use media to deliver life-saving messages to communities caught up in natural disasters like floods or earthquakes.

07/23/2013 - 13:05

WFP recently announced the release of a condensed reference guide, Programming for Nutrition-Specific Interventions, which aims at strengthening efforts to treat moderate acute malnutrition, prevent chronic and acute malnutrition during the first 1000 days, and at helping define nutrition priorities post-2015.


Programming for Nutrition-Specific Interventions consolidates current evidence and provides an overview of WFP’s updated nutrition programme design.

06/03/2013 - 17:32

When Namibia’s President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared the country’s drought a national emergency on Friday 17 May, WFP’s support in taking that decision was instrumental. The Namibia Country Office is providing technical assistance for assessments in the country’s 13 regions through a trust fund mechanism. Building the capacity of national governments and local partners is a WFP investment priority.

ROME--In WFP’s Global Headquarters, the warning flag that poor rains had already led to livestock losses and delayed crop planting in Southern Africa was raised as early as December with a specific warning about the crisis in Namibia following in February. WFP’s Early Warning Network – the Analysis and Early Warning Unit of the Emergency

05/31/2013 - 10:45

Earlier this month experts and ministers from 37 countries converged on  Costa do Sauípe, Brazil, to debate options for strengthening school feeding programmes for millions of children worldwide. WFP’s Victoria Cavanagh attended the event as part of a delegation from Zimbabwe and sent us this blog.

When it comes to fighting hunger, the Brazilian approach has become a model that many would like to emulate. The country’s exemplary social policies, in particular their Zero Hunger strategy, have pulled 16 million people out of extreme poverty in the last decade.

Prior to 2003, Brazil faced major problems of hunger, malnutrition and a high dependency on imported food. Today, it is the third largest agriculture exporter and has the sixth largest economy in the world. The secret to its success: political willpower and multifaceted programming.