Focus on Women
25 November 2014

“If we go into the bush to collect firewood, we risk getting robbed or raped – all sorts of things,” Maria Nabinto, a refugee in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), told the World Food Programme (WFP) earlier this year.

4 September 2014

Can you imagine the world without hunger? WFP school meals recipients around the world were asked the same question, then invited to submit their answers in pictures. Take a look at the 16 winning pictures of the world with zero hunger. Which one would you like to live in?

School Meals
2 September 2014

Food Needed Urgently in Schools

The drought has not let up. Therefore, the Government of Nicaragua has decided to advance the distribution of school meals for 1,050,000 students in public schools. Approximately 1,700 metric tons are hastily being transported from warehouses in Managua, the nation’s capital, to vulnerable households that have been detrimentally affected by the drought. Photo: WFP/Sabrina Quezada

Timely Decisions

“I want to give recognition to the Nicaraguan Government for anticipating the severity of the drought, and taking action. As a faithful partner of the Ministry of Education and the School Feeding Programme, WFP also participates in this distribution with food donated by the international community,” said WFP Representative to Nicaragua, Helmut W. Rauch, at the beginning of the food distribution. Photo: WFP/Sabrina Quezada

There Will Be no Child without Food in Schools

“On behalf of the government, Ministry of Education, and the people of Nicaragua, we give our sincerest appreciation and gratitude to WFP and their contributions. Which as you said Helmut, has been our most valued partner within the school feeding operations,” expressed Vice Minister of Education, Norma Irías. She continued to comment that “we do not want any child to go without a school lunch.” Photo: WFP/Sabrina Quezada

School Meals Are Universal in Nicaragua

The National School Feeding Programme, which provides school meals to 1,050,000 children, is 70-per-cent funded by the Government of Nicaragua. WFP provides food to 155,000 children in municipalities vulnerable to food and nutrition insecurity. The funding for these projects are from WFP Immediate Response Account, Canada, Brazil, and Australia. Photo: WFP/Sabrina Quezada

Communities Protect Their Children

Staff of the Ministry of Education made a tour to the public schools of the “dry corridor”, where the drought is hitting impoverished families. It was noted that many of the schools had exhausted their food supplies to increase the quantity of meals the children received because of the lack of food in their homes. Photo: WFP/Sabrina Quezada

The Drought is Hitting Hard

The drought is hitting smallholder farmers, agricultural workers, and their families the hardest. The lack of rainfall has resulted in the loss of  much of the staple grain harvests. Water supplies are drying up, yet smallholders remain hopeful, however many of them lack seeds and other agriculutral inputs, which further worsen their food insecuiry.  Photo: Courtesy/Oswaldo Rivas

Food and Transportation Are Priority

Rice, beans, vegetable oil, corn, fortified cereal, flour and milk powder are transported urgently to 55 municipalities in the driest part of the country. Additional rations of fortified cereal was included in the delivery, to ensure that children receive two cups of cereal a day. “(So that) if there is not enough food in their homes, the children are still receiving enough nutrients,” explained the Ministry of Education’s Vice President, Norma Irías. 

School Meals Are Essential for the Children

María de Jesús Zeledón is a teacher in a rural school in Jinotega. Her students, third and fourth graders, are the children of agricultural laborers. “School meals are imperative to the children. It is the guarantee that they will receive a hot meal daily. When they do not eat they are unable to concentrate in the classroom, and they grow sad and week,” she confirmed. Photo: WFP/Sabrina Quezada

The Drought Hits the Most Depressed Areas

The children are bathed and dressed, ready for school. Parents and children alike know that if they attend school they will be provided with a hot meal and a glass of cereal. So they appease the discomfort that causes hunger in rural areas where more than 80 per cent of Nicaragua’s poor live (remote communities with limited access, a lack of basic services and good paying jobs). Climatic events such as the drought increase vulnerability and economic decline at home, thus affecting their quality of life. Photo: WFP/Sabrina Quezada

Climate Change, Droughts, Emergencies
18 August 2014

A severe drought is affecting much of Central America. At the request of the Government of Nicaragua, WFP is providing urgent food relief to rural families affected by what is thought to be the worst drought in three decades. The resources of this operation were part of contributions made by Canada, Brazil and Australia.

15 August 2014

Panamanian national, Leica Cousins, has been working in the humanitarian sector for more than 10 years, the majority of which have been with WFP at the Regional Bureau in Panama City, Panama.

11 August 2014

World Humanitarian Day is celebrated on August 19th around the world. It was on this day in 2003, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad. On World Humanitarian Day we remember those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and pay tribute to those that are making a difference through their hard work and sacrifice. These are our WFP humanitarian heroes changing lives in Nicaragua.

16 July 2014

There is often the misconception that hunger and malnutrition refer to the same condition. While the two often go hand-in-hand there are significant differences. With the assistance of The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) we are hoping to break this common misconception. Read on for 11 myth busting facts about malnutrition and examples of how WFP is tackling it in Latin America.

School Meals
23 May 2014

What happens when Shakira and Activia join forces to support WFP? Transformational programmes receive much-needed funding, and thousands of people hear about it for the very first time.

School Meals
9 May 2014

The Municipality of Jalapa is one of the largest producers of staple grains in the country. A statue of Xilomen, the indigenous Goddess of Maize, stands tall and receives visitors in a park within the city centre, which is located 70 kilometres North East of Ocotal, in the Department of Nueva Segovia. But a local producer is growing another type of staple food. After tasting dates donated by Saudi Arabia to the Nicaraguan School Feeding Programme, Alejandro Aguirre planted two date seeds at home. He was surprised with the results.

Emergency Assessments
7 May 2014

WFP Nicaragua staff member, Fabiola Chavez, participates in an EFSA for the first time. 

Her friendly face and huge smile greets colleagues, visitors, and vendors alike who come to the WFP Managua Office, where she has worked as a receptionist for the past five years.