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20 April 2012

On this week's One Planet we consider how resilient our global food chain is. We (..) hear from Liberia - a country that is struggling to rebuild its agricultural sector after years of civil unrest (P4P is mentioned).


30 December 2011

Barely a month after the Donor Conference, the World Food Program has been the first to take the lead by giving “Ownership” to the Ministry. Speaking at a turning over program, the WFP Country Director, Dr. Diribi noted that the level of rapid reform the education sector was undergoing impressed his organization. He maintained that the WFP would remain engaged with the Ministry in the areas of capacity development and skills set.


4 August 2011

While some facilities in the village, like latrines, and the local school are stretched - the school now runs two daily sessions, one for Liberians, one for Ivoirians - some local villagers say life has improved since the refugees arrived. Food aid is being delivered to refugee and host families by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme; free health services at the local clinic - provided by NGO Merlin - have been stepped up; and a play area for children has been set up by the UN Children�s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children.


18 June 2011

Since taking office in early 2006 as Africa's first elected woman president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has become a prominent leader in a tough job. (..) We've seen a big increase in education. Enrollment has shot up so much – a 40% increased enrollment in the public schools, and most of them are girls. By enforcing compulsory primary education; by making sure, through the World Food programme, that kids get a lunch, a hot meal, while in school; by giving free uniforms – that has brought up the school population.


13 June 2011

Since taking office in early 2006 as Africa's first elected woman president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has become a prominent leader in a tough job. (..) We've seen a big increase in education. Enrollment has shot up so much – a 40% increased enrollment in the public schools, and most of them are girls. By enforcing compulsory primary education; by making sure, through the World Food Program, that kids get a lunch, a hot meal, while in school; by giving free uniforms – that has brought up the school population.


2 June 2011

Liberian host families and the Ivoirian refugees staying with them are resorting to eating rice seeds intended for this year’s crop as food stocks dwindle in eastern Liberia, according to aid agencies. (..) Supply chain problems early on led to cereal shortages, meaning the World Food Programme (WFP) had to lower ration size per family, its emergency coordinator, Jerry Bailey, told IRIN.


25 May 2011

Hundreds of refugees from Côte d’Ivoire have found a modest sanctuary in Butuo, Nimba County, in eastern Liberia, where they share land and lodgings with a local population of around 3,000. (..) Coly of the UNHCR acknowledged that the "absorptive capacity" of the more than 200 Liberian villages that had taken in refugees had diminished, but noted that the World Food Programme and other agencies were working on expanding food distribution to both refugees and host communities.


7 April 2011

Ivoirians who have fled to eastern and southeastern Liberia are choosing to settle in villages rather than camps and transit centres, making them harder to help, say NGO workers.(..)The Liberian government’s Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission is leading the refugee aid response, working alongside UNHCR, the World Food Programme, the UN Children’s Fund, and NGOs, including Equip, DRC, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children, and Oxfam.


4 April 2011

The yard at Peter Saye's is full: of kids, of cooking pots, of chickens, goats, and piles of belongings. Women carry firewood and stir coals, plait hair and snap at the children scampering around in the dust. There are nearly 100 refugees sheltering here from the violence across the border in Côte d'Ivoire.(..)WFP officials say they're aware of the concerns and are trying to secure other staples. It takes time, says deputy country director Jerry Bailey. "We're facing a problem with our pipeline in terms of arrival times and transport," says Bailey. "It's trying to get rice from neighbouring countries... If we can't get rice, we go ahead with the bulgur."


21 March 2011

The United States Agency for International Development's Office of Food for Peace has approved a $4.5-million contribution to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in food aid for Ivory Coast. It also approved another contribution of $7.5 million for Ivorian refugees in Liberia.