The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new emergency operation to expand assistance to people affected by the crisis in South Sudan and is working to overcome challenges preventing urgently needed relief from reaching those who need it.
Focus on Women Videos
The World Food Programme and local governments in Ecuador buy food produced by women farmers with two goals: To support local production and empower women farmers, and to diversify the diet with healthy and nutritious foods. Through this approach, WFP provides food assistance to Colombian refugees and their vulnerable Ecuadorian host communities. WFP complements the school meals programme and supports poor families with small children.
In Dodoma, Tanzania, a group of poor smallholder farmers is planting grapes and setting up a vineyard in a bid to pull themselves out of poverty. It's a project they hope will ensure they and their families have an income for the next 30 years. To get started, they needed advance financing and credit to buy tools and fertilisers. WFP, IFAD and FAO have been working together to help them get this credit, encouraging the sort of 'financial inclusion' that is key to ensuring long-term food security in the region.
Doña María Elena Pop, leader of the Pocomchí Farmers' Association in Guatemala, speaks about the importance of supporting women's associations and highlights the work of United Nations agencies in this area. Her association is one of those to have already benefited from a joint project involving WFP and sister UN agencies FAO, IFAD and UN Women. The project, Accelerating Progress Towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women, aims to improve food security and nutrition for women farmers while helping them boost their income through advanced farming techniques.
On his third day in Darfur, WFP Video Producer Marco Frattini meets a woman from Zam Zam camp, home to thousands of people displaced by the region’s long-running conflict. He also sees how women at the settlements are learning how to prevent their children from becoming malnourished.