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650683
12/06/2016 - 15:19

Speaking at the launch, Irfan Malik, Head of Programme WFP’s provincial office in Sindh, said “Pakistan has suffered from many natural disasters in the recent past including a major earthquake in 2005 and devastating flooding in 2010. These natural calamities have caused loss of many human lives and have also badly affected the livelihoods of local population. These losses could have been minimized if the communities were aware and better equipped with disaster preparedness and response planning strategies”. He further said that “to minimize losses to the human lives in case any natural disaster hits the country, WFP is expanding its specially designed CBDRM and School Safety projects in Pakistan to an additional 6 hazard prone districts across Pakistan”.

The WFP school safety programme will benefit as many as 20,000 students, teachers, school safety committees, community members, trainers, and local and district government officials. The CBDRM project will benefit more than 9,500 residents in six selected districts: Tharparkar and Sanghar in Sindh, Shangla and Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Jaffarabad and Naseerabad in Balochistan. The School Safety and CBDRM programme interventions in 4 districts of Balochistan and Sindh are generously funded by Royal Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad.

The launching ceremony was attended by Fayaz Shah, Director Operations PDMA Sindh, Omer Farooq Bullo, DC Sanghar, Mr. Nufil Nasir, Programme Advisor from the Royal Norwegian Embassy, representatives of district disaster management authorities, health and education departments, INGOs and the UN.

The projects will first be rolled out in Sindh, with more than 6,500 beneficiaries from 40 schools and 40 localities. WFP will provide school safety kits; search and rescue kits; first aid kits; information, education and communication material, including a students’ learning booklet; a teachers’ guidebook and flip charts of major hazards, to all selected schools and local communities to create awareness on disaster preparedness and response.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Nufil Nasir from the Royal Norwegian Embassy mentioned that much can be done to reduce the impact of disasters, if disaster risk management is mainstreamed into development processes. “Education and humanitarian assistance are key priorities for Norway in our development assistance globally. We know that good disaster risk management helps to achieve development goals such as poverty eradication and environment sustainability. It is also a cost efficient measure to save lives and property as well as strengthening the resilience of communities and individuals.

FOCUS Pakistan – an agency of the Aga Khan development Network (AKDN) for crisis response – has been selected as the cooperating partner of WFP Pakistan to implement these projects in Sindh.
“Disaster risk reduction begins at home, in our schools, places of work and worship, and playgrounds.” said Nusrat Nasab, Executive Officer at FOCUS Pakistan. “This cooperation with WFP, NDMA and PDMA will enable us to reach the vulnerable groups living in disaster-prone areas in Sindh”.
“The Government of Sindh and the PDMA are working closely with WFP, FOCUS and other stakeholders for better disaster preparedness and response planning,” said DG PDMA Sindh, Commander (R) Syed Salman Shah. He highlighted the need to have hazard-safe infrastructure and acknowledged the importance of programmes like CBDRM and School Safety. He also stressed the need to extend these projects in other parts of the country.

Farooq Bullo, DC Sanghar appreciated the CBDRM and School Safety programme initiatives of WFP and ensured the full support of the Sindh government in implementing the projects. He further encouraged WFP to expand these projects in areas affected by floods and droughts in Sindh.
The CBDRM and School Safety projects are part of the joint 2016 Annual Work Plan Agreements of WFP, the National and Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (NDMA and PDMA), and of the Framework of Cooperation signed between WFP and NDMA for 2016-18.

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Mahira Afzal, WFP/Islamabad, Mobile: +92 345 855 9333, mahira.afzal@wfp.org
Haseeb Khalid, WFP/Islamabad, Mobile: +92 300 0551914, haseeb.khalid@wfp.org

 

SANGHAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, in collaboration with Provincial and District Disaster Management Authorities (PDMA and DDMAs), have launched two new projects aimed at reducing the risks posed by natural disasters in Pakistan: a Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) project and a School Safety project.

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12/06/2016 - 10:28

The 2016 donations by the Humanitarian Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation were highlighted today with a visit to the port of Nampo by a delegation from the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation office in DPRK. The delegation witnessed the off-loading of the latest shipment of Swiss-donated powdered milk - an essential ingredient for highly nutritious fortified biscuits and cereals which WFP produces and distributes in DPRK under its programmes. WFP received over 2,000 metric tonnes of powdered milk from Switzerland this year.  

“This year, Switzerland allocated additional funds to WFP’s work in DPRK in light of the humanitarian needs caused by the floods in the north of the country,” said Thomas Fisler, Head of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) office in DPRK. “Switzerland remains committed to supporting WFP’s nutrition assistance in DPRK. We particularly value WFP’s extensive field monitoring efforts in DPRK. This is essential in assessing the nutritional impact of food assistance for those young children and women who need it most.”

“Switzerland is WFP’s largest humanitarian donor in DPRK and has given over US$8 million in 2016 alone. Thanks to Switzerland’s reliable and principled support, WFP can ensure that children get the right nutrients during the first 1,000 days of their lives. This is extremely important for their development and will benefit them for the rest of their lives,” said Mats Persson, WFP’s Deputy Country Director in DPRK.

More than 70 percent of the population in DPRK is food-insecure. Many people suffer from chronic malnutrition due to a poor diet lacking in essential proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. This is particularly problematic for young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. WFP assists children and women through nutrient-dense, specialised foods.

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Silke Buhr, WFP/Bangkok, Tel. +66 81 701 9208, silke.buhr@wfp.org
Colin Kampschoer, WFP/DPRK, +850 191 250 1690, colin.kampschoer@wfp.org

 

PYONGYANG – In 2016, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed record level contributions from Switzerland - totaling more than US$8 million - to reach children and women with nutrition assistance in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The Swiss support is helping WFP to reach 650,000 children and mothers for a period of ten months.

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12/06/2016 - 10:03

“We are appealing to donors to quickly come to the aid of the refugees, who rely on WFP food assistance for survival,” said Annalisa Conte, WFP’s Representative and Country Director for Kenya. “WFP immediately requires US$13.7 million to cover the food and cash needs for the refugees between December and April.”

WFP provides food assistance to refugees in Kenya as a combination of cash transfers and food distributions. Starting this month, to stretch food supplies further, WFP was forced to cut the food ration size to half of the refugees’ monthly entitlement. But even with this reduction, the food currently available will only last until the end of February unless WFP receives new funding quickly.

Refugees in Dadaab and Kakuma camps receive a monthly in-kind food basket (cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and nutrient-enriched flour) and a cash transfer equivalent to a third of their minimum food requirement. The cash allows refugees to buy fresh food products from local markets.

Cash transfers have not yet been reduced, but the funding for cash-based assistance will be exhausted by the end of January if new resources do not become available.

If WFP is forced to discontinue cash transfers, it would have a particularly devastating effect on 7,500 refugees in the newly established Kalobeyei settlement, who receive almost all their food assistance in the form of cash and could thus be left with no food assistance whatsoever. Kalobeyei, 25 kilometers west of Kakuma, is a ‘model’ settlement intended to offer a more durable solution to hosting refugees.

“A generous and critically important US$22 million shipment of food from the United States is en route to Dadaab and Kakuma, and should be available for distribution by May, but we have a dangerous gap in funding until then,” warned Annalisa Conte. “Without an urgent response from other donors, we will completely run out of food for more than 400,000 people in Dadaab and Kakuma at the end of February.”

If donors respond immediately, WFP can quickly resume the much-needed food assistance by using its mobile phone-based system to disburse cash to refugees and by mobilising food commodities from regional stocks.

In addition to the general food ration and cash transfers, WFP provides specialized fortified foods to young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers, to stave off malnutrition. Primary school pupils receive porridge in school, which helps them concentrate on their classes and acts as an incentive to their families to send them to school. For the time being, WFP is able to maintain these critical safety nets for refugees.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Martin Karimi, WFP/Nairobi, Tel. +254 20 762 2301, Mob. +254 707 722 161
Challiss McDonough, WFP/Nairobi, Tel. +254 20 762 2179, Mob. +254 707 722 104

 

NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to make new cuts in food rations for refugees in Kenya amid a severe funding shortage, as the agency is rapidly running out of resources to feed the 434,000 refugees living in Kenya’s Dadaab and Kakuma camps and in the new Kalobeyei settlement.

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12/04/2016 - 10:12
School Meals

Insecurity and lack of access had forced WFP to suspend the programme in September 2011. Prior to this interruption, WFP had provided school meals to around 70,000 students throughout Blue Nile State.

“I remember there were times when my sisters and I used to go home for breakfast in the middle of the school day,” said 15-year-old Ibrahim Ahmed, a student in Blue Nile State. “It is almost a one-hour walk from school to home, and we either ended up missing out on a lot by the time we got back to school, or we never went back because we were too tired to walk again.” Ibrahim was in second grade when WFP suspended the programme. Now in the seventh grade, he looks forward to eating meals again with his friends in school and not having to miss school.

Providing school meals is WFP’s longest-running programme in Sudan. Since 1969, WFP has been assisting millions of schoolchildren through its school meals programme. The programme currently provides school meals to almost one million children in Sudan, more than half of whom come from displaced and other vulnerable families in the Darfur region.

“I share the joy of children in Blue Nile who will now be having healthy meals, which we will provide in their schools. School meals not only prevent hunger among children during the school day, but they can also enhance nutrition and help improve school performance,” said WFP Sudan Representative and Country Director Matthew Hollingworth. “I am grateful to the Ministry of Education, parents, teachers, communities and the staff of our partner Mubadiroon who worked with us tirelessly in bringing this programme back to schools in Blue Nile.”

School meals provide an emergency safety net to schoolchildren and help to ensure that children, particularly girls, receive the education to which they are entitled. In the eastern states of Kassala and Red Sea, WFP has been providing take-home rations to 5,000 schoolgirls in selected schools where girls’ enrolment is extremely low. As a result, the number of girls attending school is now close to that of boys.

WFP, the Ministry of Education and the World Bank recently organised a workshop on Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) for School Meals. SABER is a useful tool for assessing school meals programmes with the government and other stakeholders. The introduction of SABER is one of the key steps to the development of a national school meals policy and programme.

Sudan is one of WFP’s most complex emergencies, with recurring conflict, new and protracted displacements, insecurity, and crisis levels of malnutrition and food insecurity. In 2016, WFP plans to assist 4.6 million vulnerable people in Sudan through a mix of activities, including emergency food and cash-based transfers, nutritional support and resilience-building activities to support communities to become self-reliant.

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Amor Almagro, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2114), Mob. +249 912174853
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +20225281730 (ext. 2600). Mob. +201066634352

 

DAMAZIN – Following a more than five-year hiatus, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) resumed its school meals programme in Sudan’s Blue Nile State this week for more than 7,000 students in 21 schools.

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12/02/2016 - 14:58

Ireland’s contribution comes as WFP is scaling up assistance to reach 700,000 people with life-saving support, as needs culminate during the hunger season in the coming 2-3 months.

“WFP welcomes this generous contribution at a time of increased needs,” said Karin Manente, WFP Country Director in Mozambique. “We’re still moving relief assistance into drought-hit areas though we’re hopeful that the current rainy season will give people good harvests next year.’’

WFP activities are designed to address immediate food needs while at the same time promoting the ability of vulnerable communities to withstand future weather-related shocks. WFP is providing assistance of various kinds - food for people building and restoring community assets, emergency school feeding and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition amongst children, and pregnant and nursing women. At the same time, WFP is also preparing for possible floods should they occur in early 2017, at the height of the rainy season.

“The importance of these funds at this difficult time cannot be overstated,’’ Irish Ambassador William Carlos said. “They will allow WFP to strengthen its humanitarian response to the drought and we will continue to work together to ensure that these funds reach those most in need.’’

Mozambique is usually hit by floods and cyclones, in the beginning of the year, which often destroy infrastructure and people’s livelihoods. At other times of the year, however, the country is prone to droughts that cause widespread loss of crops and livestock, leading to hunger among vulnerable communities.  

The Government of Ireland is a long-standing partner of WFP’s mission in Mozambique and this latest contribution is in addition to Ireland’s annual EUR 20 million in multilateral support provided to WFP globally.

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For more information please contact:
Samanta Possi, WFP/Maputo, Tel +258 2148 2244, samanta.possi@wfp.org
Milton Machel, WFP/Maputo, Mob. + 258823196150, milton.machel@wfp.org

 

MAPUTO - The Irish Government today announced a contribution of EUR 1.5 million to support emergency operations by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Mozambique, where 1.4 million people are unable to meet their food needs due to an El Niño-induced drought.

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12/01/2016 - 18:01
Responding to Emergencies

With support from UNICEF, WFP designed a Rapid Response Mechanism to supply food, nutrition and health support to people most in need in Borno and Yobe states by flying teams of specialists to remote areas where they stay up to six days. The assistance is then brought in by road.

The tactic targets areas where no humanitarian assistance has so far been provided or where access is severely limited or irregular.

“These missions help avert famine and aim to reach tens of thousands of hungry people stranded in remote areas or in areas difficult to access due to insecurity. They have gone without assistance – food or nutrition support -- for months,” said Sory Ouane, WFP Nigeria Country Director.

In November, around half a million people received WFP food or cash in the northeast and nutritious supplements were given to nearly 100,000 children to fight malnutrition.

With 12 missions per month, WFP plans to provide food and nutrition support to nearly 300,000 people through the Rapid Response Mechanism – including children under five and pregnant and nursing women. Other organizations can join to complement assistance to the most remote communities.

UNICEF aims to treat children suffering from severe acute malnutrition; immunize children against common killer diseases; and work to improve water, sanitation, health and education.

Some 4.6 million people are going hungry in northeastern Nigeria, of whom nearly two million need urgent humanitarian assistance. In some areas, more than 50 percent of children under the age of five suffer from moderate acute malnutrition or severe acute malnutrition.

“Hunger and malnutrition rates have improved considerably in areas that became accessible in the past months so that together with the Government and other partners, we were able to intervene,” said Ouane. “Our teams will carry out emergency missions as long as needed.”

Since August, the number of people in an emergency phase – needing urgent food assistance – has nearly doubled, from about 1 million to 1.8 million people in Borno and Yobe states, according to the latest food insecurity assessment (Cadre Harmonisé, November 2016).

The rapid response missions are part of WFP’s larger response plan – to gradually scale up to reach 1.8* million people with urgent food/cash and nutrition assistance throughout 2017. WFP requires US$108 million over the next six months to continue to scale up its response.

*An earlier version of this release incorrectly stated the number WFP aims to reach. This corrects the number to 1.8 million people.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

For more information please contact (firstname.lastname@wfp.org:
Adel Sarkozi, WFP/Dakar, Mob. +221 776375964; adel.sarkozi@wfp.org
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521;
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474;
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982;

 

ABUJA – More than 45,000 people received life-saving food or nutrition support in northeastern Nigeria in the last week through a new tactic by the World Food Programme (WFP) to reach those in the most remote, hard-to-access places hit by Boko Haram violence.

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12/01/2016 - 10:30

As a result of an increasing influx of refugee arrivals – currently more than 10,000 are crossing into Tanzania each month – WFP has been experiencing shortfalls in funding for its refugee operation. Thanks to contributions from Ireland and other donors, impending ration cuts for refugees have been avoided, at least until next year.
“Ireland has a strong global commitment to reducing hunger and malnutrition,” says Irish Ambassador Paul Sherlock. “Tanzania has always shown enormous generosity in hosting large number of refugees. It is our hope that our contribution today will help the government, WFP and its partners ensure that the food needs of the most vulnerable refugees living in Tanzania are met.”  

Refugees receive vital food assistance in the form of hot meals at transit and reception centres, and a monthly food allowance at the camps consisting of maize meal, pulses, salt, vegetable oil and a fortified porridge.

WFP also provides supplementary food for pregnant and nursing women, children under the age of five, hospital in-patients and people living with HIV/AIDS. These specifically targeted feeding programmes provide recipients with much needed nutrition through additional rations of fortified foods or micronutrient powders. These nutrients can be critical in the fight against stunting and undernutrition in children while also boosting the immune systems of vulnerable people.

“This generous contribution from Ireland to WFP really boosts our feeding and nutrition programmes for these displaced people,” says WFP Country Representative, Michael Dunford. “We can now turn our focus to the food and nutrition needs of this growing refugee population in 2017.”

Tanzania continues to receive hundreds of new refugees every day. The situations in their homelands makes their return in the near future uncertain. WFP requires US$ 6 million per month to sustain its support to refugees.

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Fizza Moloo, World Food Programme, Fizza.Moloo@wfp.org, tel. +255 (0) 784 720 022 or +255 (0) 692 274 729
Robert Hull, Embassy of Ireland, Robert.Hull@dfa.ie, tel.  +255 22 260 23 55

 

DAR ES SALAAM – Ireland today provided the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with a contribution of EUR 500,000 to support refugees hosted in Tanzania. With these funds, Ireland is helping WFP maintain its assistance operations for a quarter of a million refugees. The refugees, primarily from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are hosted by the Government of Tanzania at three camps in Kigoma Region in the west of Tanzania.

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12/01/2016 - 10:11

“Achieving MIC status is not just about economic growth, it’s about the development of human capital, and that begins with food and nutrition security, and with education,” observed Cousin. “During my visit I’ve spoken to ministers, to provincial and district authorities, and to teachers and students. What I heard at every level was a commitment to support these goals. WFP is working with communities in rural areas to make sure school meal programmes support education outcomes.”

Cousin explained that WFP will launch a new five-year programme in Lao PDR early next year, which will work towards Sustainable Development Goal 2: achieving food and nutrition security globally by 2030. This in turn supports the Eighth National Social Economic Development Plan that aims to bring the country to MIC status by 2020. The new programme is based on an independent review that was carried out this year, identifying which areas should be prioritised in order to achieve SDG 2.

Cousin travelled to rural areas of Luang Prabang province to visit schools where WFP works with partners to provide a package of assistance to students. School meal programmes, when coupled with other interventions such as school gardens, hygiene and sanitation initiatives and literacy programmes, can present a holistic and sustainable model for development. WFP is working with the government at all levels and with communities to develop capacity enabling them to take over school lunch programmes by 2021.

Cousin met with high government officials and development partners, to reiterate WFP’s commitment to supporting Lao PDR in the coming years.

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Sarah Gordon-Gibson, WFP/Vientiane, tel. +856-20555-20706
Silke Buhr, WFP/Bangkok, tel. +6681-701-9208
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Steve Taravella, WFP/ Washington DC, Tel. +1-202-653-1149 Mob. +1-202-770-5993

 

VIENTIANE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has concluded a three-day visit to Lao People’s Democratic Republic, reiterating WFP’s commitment to helping the country achieve Middle Income Country (MIC) status by supporting food and nutrition security for all.

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11/29/2016 - 17:43

With more than 4.4 million people struggling in crisis and emergency food security levels in Borno and Yobe – the two states worst-hit by the Boko Haram conflict – UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and Action Against Hunger (AAH) are working together to give families in the two states greater access to food and to protect children from malnutrition.

“We are building a system not only to treat children for malnutrition, but to help families who have been devastated by the conflict to prevent their children from becoming malnourished in the future,” said Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.

The three-year project is being carried out in collaboration with the primary health-care agencies of the Government of Nigeria and Borno and Yobe states. It is providing vitamin and mineral supplements for mothers and children, funding for families with severely malnourished children to buy nutritious food, treatment for children with diarrhoea, and advice for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers on how they can provide the best possible nutrition for their children.

With high levels of malnutrition even before the start of the Boko Haram conflict, the two most-affected states have seen food insecurity and malnutrition rates rise dramatically as a result of the fighting. In an already poor area, agriculture and markets have been disrupted by the fighting, which intensified towards the end of last year. The majority of food and seed stocks have been depleted, looted or destroyed, and many of the 1.8 million people who have fled their homes because of the conflict have had to leave behind what little stocks they had. Displacement has left many families with no means of earning a living.

Although this is the harvest season, when more food would normally be available, an estimated 55,000 people in Borno state are living in famine-like conditions. That number is predicted to double by the middle of next year, making longer-term interventions such as the DFID-funded project all the more important.

The project, which began in April and runs through March 2019, has already treated 30,000 children for severe acute malnutrition. More than 100,000 pregnant women have received iron folate; 60,000 children have been treated for diarrhoea, which can cause malnutrition or make it worse; 350,000 children have been given vitamin A supplements, boosting their immune systems and helping to protect them from illnesses such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and measles, which are frequently fatal in the area; and 40,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers have been helped with information on the best ways to feed young children in the circumstances in which they live.
An additional part of the project is a system of providing funds directly to families with the lowest incomes to enable them to buy nutritious food to prevent relapse after children have been treated for malnutrition. So far, more than 7,000 families have received this cash assistance.

“Access to cash has proven effective in helping internally displaced families to have a rich and varied diet, ensuring good nutrition for their children as well as enabling them to meet basic needs,” said Sory Ouane, WFP Nigeria’s Representative and Country Director.

Working with Nigerian government authorities, UNICEF is administering the nutrition aspects of the programme in Borno state, which has the heaviest burden of malnutrition, while WFP is managing the cash transfers and AAH is managing both aspects of the project in Yobe state.

“The fact that this is a multi-year commitment enables us not only to save children’s lives today, but to provide families and the most vulnerable young children with protection from malnutrition in the future as well,” said UNICEF Representative Fall.

In the three northeast Nigerian states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, an estimated 400,000 children under the age of five will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year. It is an extremely dangerous condition, making a child nine times more likely to die from an illness than a properly-nourished child. UNICEF, AAH and other partners working in these three states have so far this year managed to treat more than 130,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, including those in the DFID-funded project.

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For further information, please contact:
Doune Porter, UNICEF Nigeria, Tel: +234 803 525 0273, dporter@unicef.org
Amadou Baraze, WFP Nigeria, Tel: +234 907 514 7609, amadou.baraze@wfp.org
Yannick Pouchalan, AAH Nigeria, Tel: +234 812 945 0519, cd.ng@acf-international.org
Joseph Abuku, British High Commission, Abuja, Tel: +234 803 727 6237, Joseph.Abuku@fco.gov.uk

 

Abuja – Over a hundred thousand families in conflict-hit northeast Nigeria have been reached so-far with food and nutrition support in a US$20 million (£16.1m) multi-year joint project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

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11/28/2016 - 11:00

Cousin, who has been at the helm of WFP since April 2012, is visiting Lao PDR in order to witness the progress that has been made towards achieving Zero Hunger in recent years, to better understand the challenges still ahead, and to see how WFP can support Lao PDR in achieving Middle Income Country status by supporting food and nutrition security for all.

Cousin’s visit comes in the context of a study launched last month on what it will take for Lao PDR to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2, which is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

The independent review was led by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, and executed by a team of national and international experts, and guided by inputs from stakeholders across the country.

During her visit Cousin will meet with high-level government officials as well as members of the international community. She will also travel to remote areas of the country to see how WFP is working with partners in rural villages to support communities in achieving food and nutrition security.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

Follow us on Twitter @wfp_asia

For more information please contact:
Sarah Gordon-Gibson, WFP/Vientiane, tel. +856 20 55520706, sarah.gordon-gibson@wfp,org
Silke Buhr, WFP/Bangkok, tel. +6681-701-9208, silke.buhr@wfp.org

 

VIENTIANE – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ms Ertharin Cousin, is to make an official visit to Lao People’s Democratic Republic from 28-30 November.