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07/01/2015 - 10:47

MOUNT LEBANON – Fatmeh recalls gasping for breath, ducking and crawling toward her husband Ahmad who was cradling their son Belal underneath the dining table when their neighbourhood in Idlib came under attack. They held each other until the shelling subsided and escaped that same day. The rest is all a blur.

“We had no choice. We had to leave,” Fatmeh explains. “The next thing I remember is climbing into a car that took us to the border and that’s where the real nightmare began.”

The brutal war in Syria has forced over one million Syrians to flee to Lebanon, where the bid for survival is growing bleaker by the day. The longer refugees stay in exile, the more vulnerable to hunger, illness and desperation they become.

It has been three years since Fatmeh and Ahmed arrived in Lebanon. During their first year, they could rely on humanitarian assistance to make ends meet, but when the humanitarian funding crisis began in 2013, all support stopped. A year later, their youngest son Moaz, was born and life became even harder. 

Fatmeh in her living room with her soon
Photo: WFP/Dina El Kassaby

At that time, the number of Syrian refugees receiving food assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) fell by almost 30 percent in its initial efforts to prioritise those most in need. This year, as the crisis in Syria continues and funding challenges become more severe, WFP is prioritising the most vulnerable refugees for food assistance. This means that 50,000 refugees who can support themselves have stopped receiving support.


More About The Cuts In Food Assistance:

In January, due to lack of funding, WFP was forced to reduce the amount of money loaded onto electronic food cards it provides for refugees from US$27 to US$19 per person each month. In July, deeper cuts were introduced, bringing the value down to US$13.5
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A Hundred Steps Back

This April, Fatmeh and Ahmad, living desperately, got the news that they would start receiving food assistance again, but it comes too little too late.

During their first year in Lebanon, Ahmad occasionally found work in construction or farming; this work is the reason why the family stopped getting external assistance. But the longer they stayed in Lebanon, these opportunities became scarce. To make matters worse, the couple had no choice but to skip meals, borrow and even beg for money and, worse, expose themselves to exploitative labour for low wages.

“Our son was born with heart complications and needs constant medical care, but we also need to eat to stay alive,” Fatmeh explained. “When we can’t afford both medicine and food, I tie scarves around my boys’ bellies at night so they don’t wake up crying from stomach aches because they are hungry.” Fatmeh shares a common belief that tying something around your midsection would stave off hunger.

[quote|"Every time we take one step forward, we fall ten steps back."]Fatmeh and Ahmad’s initial removal from humanitarian assistance put them on a downward spiral, pushing them into extreme poverty that any extra shock could push them over the edge. These are the unintended consequences of reduced humanitarian assistance. 

“Every time we take one step forward, we fall ten steps back. I have given up the hope that we will ever live normally again,” Fatmeh said, defeated. “I know the world has forgotten us too; we’re too much of a burden. They’ve given up on us too.”

In the middle of Ramadan, when refugees need support most, WFP in Lebanon has been forced yet again to reduce the amount of money it provides to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

One hand clutched onto the curtain, the other protecting her head, she crouched next to the sofa in her living room trying to protect herself from the rubble falling around her. This is how Fatmeh spent her final moments in Idlib, a city in the northeastern Syria afflicted by the ongoing war. She now lives in a modest tented settlement in Mount Lebanon with her husband and two children. 

06/30/2015 - 08:30
Food For Assets

Each morning on the outskirts of Aweil, the capital of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, hundreds of men and women holding spades, pick-axes, hoes and buckets come to work at the construction site of a road between the villages of Udhum and Kuacriac.  This is not any ordinary 8-kilometre stretch of road, it is also a 2-metre high flood control dyke. 

Last year flood waters devastated the crops planted in the area between these two villages. With no real harvest of their own the people had to rely on buying food from the markets, but the flood waters made access very difficult. 

“We lost crops, people had to swim to get to the next village. The sick or women in labour couldn’t get to the clinic except if they found a tall man to carry them on their shoulders and wade through the flood waters,” said Garang Adoub Adoub, a resident of Marial hamlet. He leads a team of community members involved in the road construction activity. 

The communities in the villages affected by the floods agreed to construct a dyke-road that would not only enable people to directly access markets, schools and health services but also protect villages from the negative impact of annual flooding, explained Adoub Adoub. 

They raised the issue with Aweil Project for Agriculture Development (APAD), a community-based organisation, and approached WFP to obtain support.  WFP’s FFA activities   provide conditional food assistance to help communities create assets to restore livelihoods and to strengthen resilience against future shocks. 

With support from UKaid, WFP helps meet the immediate food needs of vulnerable people while they build or improve assets that will benefit the whole community. Together this helps make individuals and communities more resilient. Sustainability is embedded into projects because the communities themselves help identify the problems to be tackled, plan the projects and then implement them.The community in Aweil hope to complete the dyke-road by the end of June before the onset of the heavy rains. 

 “It has been our dream to have this road to connect us to the market, that is why I am here to work,” said Adir Ngor Ngor, a team leader at the construction site.  “We don’t want people drowning or bitten by snakes anymore because they tried to cross the swamps when the place is flooded,” added Ngor. 

Beads of sweat covered her face as she compacted the earth on the side of the dyke-road using a spade. She tuned a song and the rest of the women working on the edifice joined her. They are among 88,000 people receiving assistance in Northern Bahr Ghazal through FFA schemes this year. 

FFA activities in South Sudan aim to assist food insecure households in rural South Sudan. Priority areas are identified through food security analysis including the Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring System (FSNMS) and the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC). Participating households are further selected through community consultations. This year WFP plans to support more than 470,000 people in the country through FFA activities. 

AWEIL –In many parts of South Sudan the rains are a curse as much as a blessing.  Heavy rain often leads to flooding which damages crops or washes them away entirely, leaving people even more vulnerable to food insecurity.  The World Food Programme (WFP) through its Food Assistance For Asset-creation (FFA) activities helps communities to strengthen their resilience to such shocks.  In Northern Bahr el Ghazal State several communities have optedto construct infrastructure that prevents flood waters from destroying crops and homes.

06/29/2015 - 16:40
Nutrition, Responding to Emergencies, School Meals

1) Honduras: School Feeding Day

School Feeding Day is a national holiday in Honduras celebrated on the fourth Friday of every July. This holiday celebrates is the most successful social program in Honduras, the school feeding programme, which has benefits more than 1.4 million students. The holiday emphasises the importance of school meals and expands the reach of the program. Festivities include parades, soccer games, and school plays, attracting people of all ages to celebrate the importance of good nutrition and health.

2) Nicaragua: The Breast Feeding Festival

Diarrhea and pneumonia are the two main causes of infant mortality worldwide. Both sicknesses are preventable through breastfeeding. WFP, together with The Ministry of Health (MoH), organises a Breast Feeding Fair every August, which is the Breastfeeding Month in Nicaragua. During this fair, health units of the MoH provide orientation and education to pregnant women and those who are nursing their children. 

3) Bolivia: Soy And HIV Aids

Sixty-five percent of people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Bolivia receiving antiretroviral treatment are also plagued by food insecurity. In 2010, WFP started a project to distribute food baskets each month to approximately 650 people with HIV. Where does soy come into play? Soy was one of the food products included in the basket. Although soy has always been harvested in the country, it has never been part of the Bolivian diet. Incorporating soy as a source of protein helps HIV patients, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, reach a healthy weight and strengthen their immune system. Furthermore, this project also benefits the local economy where soy production occurs.

4) Ecuador: Electronic Transfer And Tracking System

In the same manner that modern digital technology has changed the world, using electronic transfer and tracking systems has revolutionised WFP’s cash and vouchers programme in Ecuador. Using WFP electronic cards, project participants can purchase nutritious, high-quality products at partner sales points. These cards can be remotely charged, eliminating the need for monthly distributions. This system allows WFP to monitor the types of food purchased in order to understand changes in dietary habits.

5) Dominican Republic: Micronutrient Powder

In the Dominican Republic, WFP works with local governments to successfully deliver micronutrient powder to 400,000 children between six and 59 months old, educate more than 2,100 health professionals and 1,324 community leaders, and reduce the prevalence of anemia by 50 percent in target provinces. The success of these interventions is a great example of how simple things such as communication and cooperation between institutions and beneficiaries can bring about big changes.

6) Guatemala: Enhancing Natural Resources Management

(Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime)
(If you can’t beat it, adapt to it) 

In many places in the world, the basic subsistence of smallholder farmers is afflicted by droughts and recurrent shocks. Back in 1991, the Guatemalan government and WFP began to help families adapt to changes in nature. Working through the food for assets modality, WFP provided the food while the government provided the technical assistance to help communities initiate water and soil conservation activities. By the time the project was completed and the initiative was left in the hands of the community, food production had increased by 300 percent. Currently, these communities are considered resilient: they have withstood major climatic events and improved their overall standard of living. 

7) Panama: National Bio Fortification Project 

There’s a common belief that malnutrition and hunger are the same, yet in reality they are not. Many people are malnourished, not because they are hungry but because their diet lacks nutrients. Biofortification is a strategy that uses conventional improvement techniques to cultivate crops of higher nutritional value. It can combat food insecurity and nutritional deficiencies without altering consumption habits. Studies have found that biofortified foods do not taste any different from the conventional varieties, further proving the initiative’s potential. In Panama, sustainable local production, consumption, and marketing of biofortified crops are currently being promoted in rural areas by the Agricultural Investigation Institute with technical support provide by the WFP. 

In this ever-evolving environment, creativity and innovation are key to changing the world. Committed to eliminating hunger within our lifetimes, the World Food Programme (WFP) continuously strives to innovate and seek out creative ideas to fight hunger and improve worldwide nutrition. Our ideas can range from Breast Feeding Festivals to biofortication projects. Read on and discover the seven unconventional ways that the WFP is making hunger history in Latin America. 

06/26/2015 - 13:09


1) Chop the onions into little pieces then wash them to get rid of the bitter taste. 


2) Mix the onions with ground meat. 

3) Chop the parsley and add it to the ingredient mix. 

4) Add salt, red pepper and kepse (special spice). Mix all the ingredients nicely. 

5) In a separate bowl, peel the potatoes and cut them in half. Chop the potatoes into thin slices. 

6) Add a little oil to the pan and spread the potatoes evenly. Spread the meat mix on top of the potatoes. 

7) Cut it in the shape of baklava. 

8) Put it in the oven for five minutes then take it out and put tomatoes slices on top of it. Put it back in the oven for 30-40 minutes. 

9) Lahmussiniye is a very old Syrian food and cooked for special guests. It is served with rice, salad and dessert. 

Cash And Vouchers

Photo: WFP/Jane Howard

WFP delivers hundreds of thousands of tons of food each year, but, increasingly, we give hungry people cash or vouchers to buy food for themselves. Read More


Photo: WFP/Eyad Al Baba

[story|646655|646237|645486|645381|644980][donation-form]WFP uses innovative ways to deliver food assistance, such as scratch cards or “e-vouchers” sent to mobile phones by text message.

WFP and the Turkish Red Crescent launched the e-food card programme in 2012 in Turkey. The initative enables Syrian refugees to cook their own meals using fresh ingredients they can buy in the local markets. Read more about WFP's E-Food card programme (PDF 1.48 MB)

VoucherChef is also on VICE.COM check it out!

Welcome to the World Food Programme's (WFP) new recipe series. Explore the culinary treasures and cooking abilities of refugees who benefit from WFP's Cash And Vouchers, an initiative that allows individuals to buy the food they need to cook their traditional dishes.

06/26/2015 - 03:34
Responding to Emergencies

Prior to the onslaught of the storm, WFP had prepositioned food items such as rice and high energy biscuits, and non-food items such as generators and mobile storage units. Upon the request of DSWD, WFP set up two mobile storage units at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Manila to provide additional areas for both the storage and repacking of relief items. Other non-food items, generator sets and plastic pallets were also provided to DSWD. (Photos: WFP/Faizza Tanggol & WFP/Anthony Chase Lim)

Through WFP’s logistics expertise, various forms of transportation such as aircraft, trucks and even local means of water transportation such as bangkas were utilized to ensure that, in close partnership with DSWD, affected populations received the right food at the right time. (Photos: WFP/Anthony Chase Lim & WFP/Irish Yaranon)

In the immediate aftermath of the typhoon, WFP complemented DSWD’s family food packs by distributing rice to affected households in the provinces of Samar, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar; high energy biscuits (HEBs) were also distributed in Eastern Samar. In total, over 98 metric tons of HEBs were distributed to more than 85,000 families across 17 municipalities in Eastern Samar while a total of more than 800 metric tons of rice was distributed to about 143,000 families. (Photos: WFP/Anthony Chase Lim)

In order to support and stabilize reopening markets during the months following the typhoon, WFP leveraged DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) mechanism to distribute unconditional cash transfers in the municipalities of Can-Avid, Dolores, Jipapad, and Taft. The 4Ps, a social safety net program targeting poor households with a pregnant mother and/or children between 0 to 14 years of age, served as a reliable and credible targeting, coverage, and payment platform for WFP to quickly distribute cash grants. Each family received a top up of PhP2,600 (approximately US$58) to their regular 4Ps grant to increase their purchasing power to buy basic food needs for their respective households. In total, over 9,200 families received cash assistance. (Photos: WFP/Anthony Chase Lim)

In order to rebuild the livelihoods damaged by Typhoon Hagupit as well as introduce new vocations to diversify income-generating activities, WFP implemented its Cash-for-Assets (CFA) project in affected communities. Over 9,200 families across the municipalities of Can-Avid, Dolores, Sulat, and Taft were selected to implement various livelihood projects such as rice, corn, and vegetable production; banana tree planting; fish coral net making; crab, squid, lobster, and shrimp trap making; and mangrove planting among others. Overall, nearly 7,200 women and over 2,000 men took part in the CFA project and received PhP5,200 (approximately US$115) in addition to restoring or establishing their livelihoods. (Photos: WFP/Anthony Chase Lim)

On 6 December 2014, Typhoon Hagupit, locally named Ruby, swept across the central part of the Philippines. A path of destruction was left in the wake of the slow-moving category five storm which left the Philippine Area of Responsibility four days after its initial landfall. The provinces within the Eastern Visayas region received the brunt of the typhoon as more than 1.7 million people were adversely affected, while agricultural livelihoods sustained over PhP840 million worth of damages.

Building on an existing strategic partnership, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) worked closely to provide timely, life-saving relief and early recovery assistance to the typhoon-affected populations.

06/25/2015 - 17:19

Leading A Difficult Earthquake Response

[photo|646321Z646913]Discovering Maurice Herzog’s book “Annapurna” as a boy growing up in the flatlands of the Mississippi Delta, I dreamt of the Himalayas. My heroes were the adventurers who challenged the peaks. Much later, I had the privilege to work as the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director to Nepal. For five years, I had the opportunity to explore the mountains and experience the sublime beauty of this small but unique country. Three days after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that ripped through Nepal on 25 April, I was back there leading WFP’s massive response to the disaster.

It was a big challenge. In the breathtaking Langtang Valley, the quake had triggered an avalanche that buried an entire village under thick layers of ice and rock from three thousand metres above. Such was the force that an entire forest was picked up and tossed like matchsticks on the surrounding mountain.

Life in Nepal’s hills and mountains has always been difficult. But now two months on, hundreds of thousands of family homes are shattered, their food stocks wiped out, their cows, goats and poultry killed while precious seeds for the current planting season are caked in mud. Had the earthquake struck at night rather than at noon on a holiday, the death toll would have been much higher.

Delivering Lifesaving Food To Isolated Areas

Nepal earthquake humanitarian food relief distribution outside Kathmandu Valley

Delivering food outside Kathmandu Valley
Photo copyright: WFP/Ashwini Rai

Alongside many other national and international organisations in the humanitarian staging area (HSA), WFP has been bringing lifesaving food to almost two million people, using roads where possible, porters where necessary, and by flying heavy-lift helicopters where no other option exists.

Nepal’s splendour is also its curse. Home to eight of the 14 highest peaks in the world, with affected communities nested in isolated valleys or perched precariously on steep cliffs, the logistical challenges may be the worst I have encountered in my long humanitarian career.

Himalayan Mountains Bring WFP Allies

Nuri Sherpa helping distribute food to Nepal earthquake victims

Nuri Sherpa helps distribute food to Nepal earthquake victims in remote regions
Photo copyright: 
Fenom Creative/Don Bowie

The mountains also brought us exceptional allies. My childhood hero, Yuichiro Miura - who inspired me to snowboard down Annapurna - was the first person ever to ski on Mount Everest and at the age of 80, became the oldest person to reach its summit. He is now leading efforts to raise funds for Nepal in his native Japan.

Five brave Nepali women, part of the most successful female team ever on the world’s highest peak and the first Nepali women to climb the seven highest mountains on the seven continents, are among my colleagues at WFP. One of them is Nimdoma Sherpa, born in a poor Himalayan community, who as a child had received school meals from WFP and became, at 16, the youngest person to climb Everest. Her parents’ house was destroyed in the earthquake, and she is now part of the team making sure that food reaches the most remote places. The oldest and the youngest summiteers have joined hands for Nepal.

Other renowned mountaineers and a group of paragliders, who had been in the country exploring the Himalayas, spontaneously joined WFP’s relief efforts, bringing their intimate knowledge of a dangerous terrain. Pilots flying food, medicine and construction materials on WFP helicopters include Madan KC, a Nepali legend who, back in 1996, rescued two climbers by landing his helicopter at the highest-altitude ever in history.

Mission Is Far From Over

Our mission is far from accomplished. As I was flying over the worst-affected areas recently, I spotted six plumes of dust rising from the ground in just one hour. Landslides have always plagued Nepal but now, with the earth unsettled by the main earthquake and scores of aftershocks, they are more frequent than ever. With the monsoon upon us, more villages are at risk of being cut off or destroyed by a major slide. Much agricultural land has been lost, and almost 70 percent of households in the mountain areas face poor or borderline food consumption.

From Emergency Relief To Recovery

Helping Nepal earthquake victims recover

WFP continues to deliver food two months after the Nepal earthquake hit
Photo copyright: WFP

In other words, the first emergency may be over, but the work is only beginning. Shelters must be rebuilt, livelihoods must be restored, and crops must be planted and harvested. Otherwise, what is now a difficult food situation will get worse.

On 25 June, exactly two months since the first earthquake, high-level representatives of donor countries are meeting in Kathmandu at the invitation of the government of Nepal. It’s important that donors continue their generous efforts beyond the relief phase, allowing the millions of survivors to recover and rebuild their lives.

Revitalising Agricultural Activities And Local Economy

WFP has begun distributing cash to thousands of families with access to markets, helping them restart agricultural activities and build temporary shelters while revitalising the local economy. Many more will benefit from this programme in the coming months. We have hired thousands of porters, who had lost their jobs because of the abrupt end of the trekking season, to bring food to the most inaccessible villages. As they climb, they restore vital economic trails that had been blocked by landslides. Our logistics services are also being used by the wider humanitarian community to reach communities in need.

Working Tirelessly To Rebuild Nepal

As I reflect on the last two months of emergency relief efforts, and look towards this next phase of recovery, I know that WFP will work tirelessly with the government and people of Nepal to help rebuild this magnificent country.

How You Can Help

WFP needs US$114.4 million to provide food. We are desperately short of funds to continue this operation. You can help by making a donation.

  • Please donate today and help get lifesaving food reach families who need us the most.

Author - Richard Ragan, WFP's Nepal Earthquake Emergency Coordinator

Two months after the Nepal earthquake hit, the emergency phase is set to end in coming weeks. This critical crossroads means that The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Nepal government’s focus has now shifted to longer-term recovery with food relief to be distributed to 1.15 million of the worst-affected people. There will be supplementary feeding for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and young children, as well as cash to affected people in certain districts in exchange for work, such as preparing fields for the planting season.

06/24/2015 - 17:42

The sound of hammers welcomed visitors to the small village of Jhirghari, at the end of a steep walk up a muddy trail in central Nepal, that was badly affected by the 25 April earthquake. Men were putting up a shelter made of wood beams and corrugated iron sheets. Women were helping, youngsters were bringing tools, everyone was chattering away. A thickening fog was engulfing the mounds of collapsed bricks that had once been houses and animal sheds.

Bharat Rumba, an energetic 33-year old, set his tools aside to explain what was going on. “With the money provided by WFP, our family has bought food, and some iron sheets. I added materials I could salvage from my collapsed house to build a storage place for my potatoes. This cash has been great help for everyone in the community.”

“For Three Days, We Had Nothing To Eat”

[story|646902|646913]Potatoes were the lifeline of Jhirghari and many other villages in the relatively prosperous district of Makwanpur, which is also a main supplier of cabbage, turnips and chillies to the markets of the capital, Kathmandu. But the quake caused long, gaping scars in the earth, and then a hailstorm set upon the village, destroying most of the potato harvest. “Before the earthquake, I used to produce about 20 baskets of potatoes. This season, I’ll be happy if I get one basket”, added Bharat Rumba.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake wiped out practically every structure in Jhirghari, burying lifesavings under the rubble, killing goats and chickens, the equivalent of great wealth here, while even more valuable cows and oxen never returned from the jungle where they had been grazing when the disaster struck. 

“For three days, we had nothing to eat”, recalled Thuli Maya Rumba, a round-faced middle-aged woman with a friendly smile. “We were drenched by the rain, and so scared. Now my children live under a big tent with other families, while my husband and I have put up a temporary shelter. I’ll use some of the money WFP gave us to build a new shed for my five cows that got lost. I still hope they will come back.”

Road To Recovery

Men putting up a shelter made of wood beams corrugated iron sheets

Building a shelter in the village of Jhirghari. Photo: WFP/James Giambrone

WFP distributed 8,000 rupees, the equivalent of 80 US dollars, to 8,800 households in Makwanpur, in two installments of 4,000 rupees each. In between, beneficiaries were asked to do some light work, such as removing rubble and rehabilitating their fields. The district was selected for the cash programme because its markets quickly came back to life. 

Kurt Burja is head of WFP’s Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping unit in Nepal. “There was a slight increase in prices in the first days following the quake, but things went quickly back to normal,” he said. “We are constantly monitoring prices to make sure we are aware of any inflation and can react accordingly.” The cash for work programme, which has just kicked off in Sindhuli district, will be extended to more earthquake affected areas of Nepal in the coming weeks.

The local economy is benefitting, too. “People here had lost everything, but with WFP money coming in, we saw trade increase,” said Puru Shatam Dhakal, vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce in Palung, a busy marketplace not far from Jhirghari. As he was talking, workers were loading boxes of noodles and biscuits on a delivery truck, ready for the journey on Nepal’s road to recovery. 

How You Can Help

WFP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions. We are desperately short of funds to continue this operation. You can help by making a donation today.

In earthquake-affected areas where there is access to markets, the World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing cash in exchange for recovery work.

06/24/2015 - 16:05

Sahrawi Refugee

Haha, together with her family and other Sahrawi, fled the conflict and sought refuge in camps near the town of Tindouf. As a refugee, Haha continued her primary school in Algeria and later won a scholarship for African refugees, offered by the Libyan Government, which allowed her to complete her education in Libya. When she returned to the refugee camps she married and, is now a mother of six children and a grandmother to one grandchild.

Diversifying Meals In Camps

[story|646898|646824|646591]Given the very limited variety of food available in the camps, Haha tried to diversify the meals for her family by trying different recipes, adding local spices and combining ingredients in new ways. The aim was to avoid the weariness of eating the same meals every day and, after many years of  practice, Haha has mastered the preparation of several innovative dishes. Haha also started reading about the nutritional value of the various foods so to take into consideration important health factors on top of varied meals for her family. Haha also shared her innovative recipes with her neighbours and soon was a popular cook-advisor among the refugees and also famous amongst the wider humanitarian community.

Innovative Recipes Using WFP Food

In 2012 the Italian non-governmental organisation Comitato Internazionale Sviluppo dei Popoli (CISP), the World Food Programme (WFP) school feeding partner, heard about her and decided to spread her knowledge and skills more widely amongst the Sahrawi refugees. As a result, CISP offered Haha her own cooking programme on the Local Sahrawi television where she would demonstrate innovative recipes with only the commodities provided by WFP (dry rations and fresh foods) and partners. Haha is particularly proud of and popular for her innovative recipes that use the highly nutritious, albeit bland tasting, Super Cereal (corn soya blend - CSB).

Teaching Healthy Eating Habits

Haha enjoys her job of teaching fellow refugees how to improve and diversify their meals; most importantly, she is proud of contributing to the improvement of the Sahrawi eating habits as well as nutritional status. 

She explained that on her show she always reminds her viewers of the negative impact of high consumption of sugar, as the Sahrawis main drink throughout the day is tea with up to seven teaspoons of sugar in each small cup, which is one of the causes of high percentage of diabetes among the refugees. Further, she constantly raises awareness of the importance of children receiving nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods given this is a major challenge among refugee mothers. 

Grateful For WFP Food Needs Support

[donation-form|2015-wfp-donatewidget|2015-wfp-donatewidget]As for all the Sahrawi who have been living in camps for the past 40 years, Haha is concerned about the future and worried about their full dependence of, at times, unpredictable food assistance. Finally, Haha is grateful to WFP for continuing to cover their basic food needs, which helped the Sahrawi to survive these long harsh years.

Please visit the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) website for another story on Haha, the refugee turned TV Chef.

Haha Ahmed Ghaid Salaih is a Sahrawi refugee - living for 40 years in the camps in southwestern Algeria. As a refugee turned television Chef, Haha shares recipes that demonstrate ingenuity in avoiding the weariness of eating the same meals daily. Her aim is to teach refugees how to improve and diversify their meals while establishing nutritious eating habits.

06/23/2015 - 14:08

1) According to the 2013 Hunger Index, Burkina Faso is ranked 65th out of 78 countries. In the Human Development Index 2014, Burkina Faso is ranked 183rd out of 187.

2) Annually, costs associated with undernutrition are estimated to be 409 billion CFA – US$802,000 – or 7.7 percent of Burkina Faso’s GDP.

3) Two thirds of children who suffer from undernutrition do not receive medical attention.

4) 40.1 percent of infant deaths in Burkina Faso are associated with undernutrition. 

5) Stunted children (where there is a height deficiency relevant to age) also complete, on average, 0.3 years less of education than children who are not stunted.

6) Infant mortality rates, associated with undernutrition, have decreased Burkina Faso’s workforce by 13.6 percent.

7) In 2014, about a quarter of the population in Burkina Faso was undernourished.  

8) Currently, over 1.5 million children are at risk of food insecurity in Burkina Faso, and about 350,000 are in need of emergency assistance. .

9) Nationally, only 11.4 percent of children under two years of age receive the recommended number of daily meals. 

10) About 499,000 children under five suffer from acute malnutrition. 

Learn more about hunger and malnutrition from WFP's comprehensive list of Facts About Hunger and Malnutrition.

Here are ten things to know to understand the food and nutrition situation in Burkina Faso. Please help the World Food Programme (WFP) raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.

06/23/2015 - 11:32

[quote|“Soldiers from the barracks made us a tent and the whole night they kept carrying in injured people. It got so crowded. The next day we bought a tarpaulin and set up a shelter." - Usha Basnet]When the first earthquake struck the village of Gajuri in April, Usha Basnet grabbed her two-year-old granddaughter, Sabina, and ran for her life. Homes were reduced to rubble within seconds and livelihoods were destroyed. Usha and her family moved to a makeshift camp in Gajuri.

The upheaval has been challenging for Usha and many other survivors, particularly the sick and injured who have been sleeping beside displaced villagers in tarpaulin-covered camps because the local healthcare centre was considered unsafe.

Mobile Medical Clinics

Nepal earthquake medicial clinics from the World Health Organisation and the World Food Programme

The first completed clinic in Dhading district
Photo copyright: WFP/James Giambrone 

[story|646823|646400|646421]In its role as a service provider, WFP was asked by the Nepalese Ministry of Health and WHO to build 50 temporary medical clinics to assist quake survivors. After seven days of intense work, WFP and WHO opened the first clinic in Gajuri, located 80 km west of Kathmandu.

Mother and daughter near the World Health Organisation's medical clinics for Nepal earthquake victims

Gajuri local, Ushan Basnet and her daughter, watch as WHO and WFP staff put the finishing touches on the first completed clinic in Dhading district.
Photo copyright: WFP/James Giambron

Carrying her granddaughter on her hip, Usha inspects the new facility and contemplates what a difference it will make to her family and village. 

“It takes two hours to get to Kathmandu, I usually only go once a year for bigger procedures but little Sabina needs regular medical checks,” she says. “This medical camp means that we will not have to travel so much or spend so much money on medical expenses.”

Between Earthquakes And Monsoons

More than 900 public health facilities were partially or completely destroyed by the quakes which struck on 25 April and 12 May. With the onset of the monsoon season, restoring life-saving healthcare services has been an urgent priority for the humanitarian community in Nepal.

WFP is building on the successful partnership it forged with WHO during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and using its logistical, operational and engineering expertise to overcome challenging mountainous terrain and construct these clinics.

Lalita Bista, a nurse who has worked in Gajuri for 16 years, says the clinic will make a critical difference to people affected by the earthquakes. “Our patients need to be in a comfortable, clean environment,” Bista says.  “The monsoon season brings flooding, not to mention the possibility of insects and snakes washed into tents with the floodwaters. Thankfully, the medical tents keep these things outside.”

Radha Pandey, another nurse working in the area, agrees. “Patient safety is a big priority, and these camps will mean that our patients will escape the negative effects of the monsoon,” Pandey says. 

Clinics Provide Critical Assistance

The World Food Programme and the World Health Organisation build medical clinics for the Nepal earthquake victims

WFP and WHO staff inspecting the framework of the clinic washroom before construction.
Photo copyright: WFP/James Giambrone

The medical clinics provide immediate healthcare services to those living in the most earthquake-affected districts of Nepal where local medical services have been disrupted or cut off by landslides and damaged road networks. The clinics can be set up in just a few days and quickly dismantled when the time comes to construct more permanent healthcare facilities.

The clinics are solar powered and include sex-segregated wards and facilities, a delivery room, consultation room and staff room. The foundations of the clinics are also elevated and surrounded by drainage ditches to protect the clinics from any flooding during the monsoon season.

As the lead United Nations agency for the Logistics Cluster, WFP would like to thank its donors for their support to the common service platform which has been an integral element of this project. These donors include (in alphabetical order) Australia, Canada, the European Commission, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the UN’s Central Emergency Relief Fund, the United States and private donors.

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Author -  Joanna Purcell

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are working together on a new project to build 50 temporary health clinics in parts of Nepal where the earthquake was more destructive. Five clinics are already finished, and another four are under construction. As Joanna Purcell reports, the first clinic opened in the village of Gajuri in the Dhading district, one of the areas worst-affected by the 25 April earthquake