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650264
08/30/2016 - 10:48
Cash and Vouchers

The barangay or village of Tubak lies about 150 kilometers outside of Cotabato City in Maguindanao in the Philippines. The community is home to over 500 households or about 3,000 people, most of whom belong to the indigenous tribe of the Dulangan Manobo.

Agriculture is the primary source of income in Tubak, with 99 percent of adults working in fields that have been passed down from generation to generation. They grow rice, corn and other crops for sale in the nearest market in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat.

Travel to Esperanza happens frequently but the 43-kilometer journey on narrow, winding roads is neither quick nor easy. The already arduous travel conditions are exacerbated by sudden downpours that turn the unpaved roads to mud.

“Travel during or after the rain is challenging, especially when we’re transporting commodities because we can only afford to use motorcycles,” said Santos Uloy, a farmer and barangay Chairman of Tubak. “The rainy season is difficult for the children, too. A number of them walk to school, even when the weather is bad. By the time they arrive, they’re cold and tired, and their classes haven’t even begun yet,”

When WFP’s Cash For Assets (CFA) project was introduced to Tubak, consultations were held with key community stakeholders and it became clear that addressing this issue was a priority.

One proposal was to construct two small bridges to help residents cross particularly problematic sections of road. With the guidance of WFP and the local government, a group of 143 men and 20 women worked together to build the bridges using locally-sourced materials.


The Cash for Assets project participants in barangay Tubak work together to complete the bridges.

Since the completion of the bridges, travel to and from Tubak is easier. “Nowadays, it’s less stressful for us to transport our goods to the market. We no longer lose time trying to get around those difficult areas,” said Santos. “We’re also proud of our accomplishment because we have a sense of ownership over it. We can look at those bridges and proudly say: ‘We did that!’.”


Santos Uloy happily received Php2,000 for his participation in the CFA project.

In addition to improving access to Tubak, the project provided a source of income for those who worked on it. The Canadian Government, through WFP, provided Php2,000 (USD 42.47) to each participant for their 30 days of work. “This money gives us additional support for our families. I’m a father of five children, so every amount helps us in purchasing needs such as food and medicine,” said Santos. “Receiving cash assistance while we help ourselves is special. I can’t remember the last time I received this much money in a single payout.”

In 2016, the Canadian Government provided over Php4.24 million (USD 90,000) in support of WFP’s Cash For Assets projects in conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao.

In a village affected by conflict in Mindanao, in the Philippines, a bridge-building project supported by the Canadian Government is helping local people rebuild their lives and improve food security.

650234
08/29/2016 - 11:28

1) The annual costs associated with child undernutrition are estimated at GHC (Ghanaian Cedi) 4.6 billion. That’s equivalent to 6.4% of GDP.

2) Only 1 out of 3 children suffering from malnutrition receive adequate medical attention. 

3) Most of the health costs associated with undernutrition occur before a child’s first birthday. 

4) Twenty-four percent of all child mortality cases in Ghana are associated with undernutrition.  

5) One in ten cases of students who have to repeat a year is due to undernutrition.

6) Undernourished children complete an average of 10 months less education than well-nourished children. 

7) Child mortality associated with undernutrition has reduced Ghana’s workforce by 7.3 percent.  

8) Thirty-seven percent of adults in Ghana suffered from stunting as children.

9) Yet stunting has declined from 23 percent to 19 percent among children.

10) Eliminating stunting in Ghana is a necessary step for sustained development.

The COHA study is an initiative led by the African Union (AU), under the coordination of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), with the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Food Programme (WFP)

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

The Cost of Hunger in Africa study – so far conducted in 12 countries across Africa – shows the social and economic impact of undernutrition among children under 5, and its cost on these countries’ economies. Here we look at 10 things to know about the cost of hunger in Ghana. 

650245
08/26/2016 - 12:30
Preventing Hunger

Photo: WFP/Olivia Acland

MAYOMBO VILLAGE, MASIMERA CHIEFDOM  Sierra Leone.

Usman Kanu sits on the porch of his new house flanked by his wife and young son. "I began building this place last November," he says, "with the money that I saved from two harvests." He gets up and starts to walk around the house, proudly explaining which of the unfinished rooms is to become the bedroom and which will be the kitchen.

"Farming has been very good lately," he explains. "I used to grow just enough rice for myself and my family to eat, but now I harvest a lot. I can keep some and sell the rest at the market." In the last two years Usman's yield has doubled, largely thanks to his successful participation in a WFP project. The four-year scheme, known as the Japanese Bilateral Project, teaches farmers to better exploit the arable, swampy land around their villages. Over 75 percent of the country's rural population relies on farming as its primary livelihood. WFP is supporting these farmers to increase their rice production, which is a vital step towards improving food security in Sierra Leone.  

Photo: WFP/Olivia Acland

Planting less and growing more

Usman now uses just 5 kg of seeds to grow 8 bags of rice (weighing 800 kg), whereas previously 25 kg of seeds would produce half this yield.

Before the project was implemented in Masimera and Buya Romende, the two chiefdoms averaged 1 metric ton per hectare (ha). In 2014, after farmers received training, productivity surged by 86 percent. During the second harvest in 2015, the farmers increased production by 40 percent to cultivate 2.6 mt/ha. Area Agriculture Coordinator Amadu Bangura says: "This year we're hoping to see even more of an increase."

The marked improvements come as a result of monthly training that has shown the farmers how to better cultivate their crops. They learned to rehabilitate fertile land previously left wasted and unfarmed, with the ground split into manageable 0.2 ha holdings for each family. Beforehand farmers were just scattering seeds at random, meaning the crops would grow on top of each other and choke. Now they have been taught to first prepare the nursery beds and then plant in neat rows, allowing each crop a space of 20 cm by 25 cm.

Photo: WFP/Olivia Acland

Each of the project’s 530 beneficiaries was given 6 kg of seeds and 60 kg of fertilizer to get started. The farmers were taught how to apply the fertilizer, and the optimal time of year to harvest their crop. Before the training, many farmers were waiting too late into the season when the grains were overly dry and had already started to fall off. As Bangura says: "The problem was that people simply did not know how to get the most out of their land."

Saving the profits

A large metal box with four padlocks clapped onto it has come to represent Mayombo village's first ever community bank. As well as helping the farmers and their families to produce more crops, the scheme also encourages them to manage profits from their harvest.

Each family puts aside between 2,000 (USD 0.36) and 10,000 (USD 1.82) Leones a week and receives a stamp confirming the contribution in its log book. In this way the community not only saves but also has enough money to give out small loans to those who need them.

"Being able to take a loan from this box is empowering and good for business," says WFP Programme Assistant Akinyemi Scott-Boyle. "If they have access to this money they'll be able to easily buy fertilizer for the next harvest and pay it back once the profits come in."

So far a group of 50 farming families has managed to save 21,000,000 Leones (USD 3,817.54) in just ten months. In a country where the average yearly wage is estimated at USD 340, this is no small feat.

Photo: WFP/Olivia Acland

Helping Sierra Leone to become self sufficient

Sierra Leone – which was once the biggest exporter of rice in West Africa – now doesn't produce enough to feed its people all year round. The country has very good conditions for growing rice, yet spends between USD 200m and USD 300m a year importing the commodity, mainly from Asia. Both the civil war and the Ebola virus had very damaging effects on the agricultural sector, and now great stretches of arable land are left unused.

The project's long-term aim is to boost rice production within the country, so that less people have to rely on expensive imports. By the time the project finishes in 2017 these rural families should be in a far stronger position to not only feed themselves, but also to sell their surplus rice in local markets. By helping farmers to minimize costs and increase their yields, WFP is supporting Sierra Leone in boosting in-country rice production. 

Usman heads down to his holding, where thousands of bright green shoots poke out of swampy, wet land. "I really never knew that so few seeds could produce this much," he says, happily surveying his crop.

Photo: WFP/Olivia Acland

Usman Kanu is a rice farmer from the Masimera chiefdom in Sierra Leone. Thanks to his participation in WFP's rice farming project he has doubled his yields in the last two harvests and has been able to build himself a house from the profits. The project – funded by the Government of Japan – provides rural families with the tools and techniques to better cultivate the land around their villages. Rice production in the whole area has shot up by 186 percent, making Usman's experience just one of many success stories. As harvest season approaches this year, farmers are hoping for even better results. 

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08/26/2016 - 09:54

Mamvita Liberata and her family live in Gitaramuka commune, Karusi province. A significant number of families living in the province are struggling to meet their food needs as a result of chronic rainfall shortages and widespread poverty. This has pushed vulnerable families into a food and nutrition crisis. 

WFP is implementing a food-for-assets project in Karusi to support vulnerable families like Liberata’s. The project is providing vocational training and supporting communities in creating or rehabilitating assets like feeder roads that connect to markets. Other activities include planting tree seedlings to restore areas that have suffered from deforestation. 

Individuals working on these projects receive cash transfers from WFP to enable them to buy food for their families while they are working or attending training. 

“Before this project, it was very hard for us to eat,” Liberata said. "Most of the time, we only had one meal a day. Only our little children could eat at night. Paying for health care and education for my seven children was a nightmare.”  

Vulnerable families diversify their livelihoods

Liberata learned how to sew and make soap as part of the vocational training. Upon completion of the training, she and others in her class received start-up kits from WFP for a small business. This enables vulnerable families to diversify their livelihoods, so that they are not dependent on income from agricultural production as the sole means of feeding their families.  

Trainees receive a cash allowance during this period. Liberata used her monthly cash allowance of BIF 40, 000 (around USD 28.16) to buy food, and saved some cash for small animal husbandry. Her participation in the village saving system, set up by World Vision, allowed her to buy two goats for a price of BIF 50,000 (USD 35.2) each. The system is a small fund set up by the community. Each member contributes a small amount on a monthly basis and they can borrow from the fund. 

Liberata now owns six goats, seven pigs, five chickens and three rabbits. She is confident in the future of her family. She is planning to sell two goats for a price of BIF 70,000 (USD 49.3) each, to further expand her business.

“This project is a divine gift to my family,” said Liberata. “The cash I am getting has improved our life. We can now have two meals a day, my children are now wearing good clothes. I can even afford slippers for them,” she added with a smile.

To date the project, which started in November 2015, has transferred USD 413,377 to the people targeted. The cash transfer will come to an end in three months’ time. There will also be a sensitization campaign to highlight the need for sustainability of assets created and rehabilitated.  

For years, the rains in Karusi province in Burundi have been below average. The insufficient rainfall has destroyed the livelihoods of people who mainly depend on agricultural production to provide for their families. WFP is implementing a food-for-assets project to boost the resilience of vulnerable people in Karusi and enable them to cope better with climatic shocks. The participants receive cash transfers which allow households to purchase food to meet their nutritional needs while they work on communal assets. Thanks to the support of the German Government, the project is targeting 1,630 of the most vulnerable households in the food-insecure communes of Bugenyuzi and Gitaramuka. 

650227
08/22/2016 - 12:33
Climate Change

Spiwe Chindakuda (54) is a smallholder farmer and the mother of 11 children.

[story|650024]“El Niño affected us in all aspects of life. I'm a smallholder farmer and we rely on rain. We plant maize and sell any surplus to get money to pay school fees. Selling livestock is one of our last options. Sadly, we lost three of the five cows we had. They are the only possessions I've had in my life.”

“At times we borrow food but it's not every day that people stretch out their hands to assist us. Without the World Food Programme, things would have been a lot worse for us."

Spiwe Chindakuda, 54, smallholder farmer and mother of 11 children.  “El Nino affected us in all aspects of life.  I am a smallholder farmer and we rely on rain, we plant maize and sell surplus to get money to pay school fees. Selling livestock is one of our last coping mechanisms, but sadly, we lost three of the five cattle we had. That was the only possession I had in my life.” “At times we borrow food but it is not every day that people stretch their hands to assist. Thanks to the World Food Programme, they are our hope.  Without them it would have been worse for us.  We are what we are because of WFP’s assistance.

Spiwe Chindakuda at her home (Photo:WFP/Tatenda Macheka)

Bvire Boroma (68), grandmother

“At 68, I'm old enough not to have to go the fields, but my stomach forces me to work. I haven't seen a drought like this one since I was a young girl.”

 “I wait patiently for WFP monthly rations, that’s what I look forward to every morning I wake up.” 

Bvire Boroma holds a small maize cob that failed to reach maturity (Photo:WFP/Tatenda Macheka)

Elissy Sipuma (71) is a widow and a farmer from Chiapato village who takes care of two grandchildren.

“On hard days we sleep with empty stomachs. We're trying to adjust. At times I go to beg for food while on other occasions I do casual labour but the demand now is very low and people are not paying."

“I don’t have any livestock or any assets. Sometimes  I crush marula nuts to feed my grandkids. Hunger is my worst fear.”

Elissy Sipuma in her field (Photo:WFP/Tatenda Macheka)

Betina Magunje (35) lost her husband eight years ago

“Life during a drought is tough.  I'm a mother and a father at the same time. I've resorted to making bricks with my children so as to be able to send them to school. The drought has affected everyone, including us. Fortunately, the assistance provided by WFP has kept us going. My kids are my inspiration. When I look at them, I feel the strength to keep going.”

Betina Magunje instructs her daughters while they mould bricks for the local school (Photo:WFP/Tatenda Macheka)

Mahlatini Nuanetsi (64),a farmer in Mukanya village, has nine children.

“I lost three of my cattle to the current drought. This drought is the worst I remember. The heavens have not been kind to us this season. It looks like there is no hope, it has brought us suffering and it's hard to look forward to the future.”

“Hunger is our greatest fear. Not having blankets is better than not having food.That's why WFP support is so important for us.”

Mahlatini Nuanetsi lost three of his cattle this season (Photo:WFP/Tatenda Macheka)

Mirirai Hungwe (32) is a mother of four from Pikinini village. 

"We've been seriously affected by the drought. We planted maize but it wilted because of the sun and lack of rain. We have only a few options, like gathering wild fruits and doing some casual labour. My greatest fear is to see my family perishing from hunger."

Mirirai Hungwe and her six month old baby (Photo:WFP/Tatenda Macheka)

In Zimbabwe alone, it is estimated that more than 4 million people will be food insecure at the peak of the lean season.

The World Food Programme has declared a Level 3 emergency - its higest  level of corporate emeregency - for seven priority countries : Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique , Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For more stories on the Southern African drought click here.Southern Africa Emergence page

Recurrent climate-related shocks are one of the main drivers of food insecurity in Zimbabwe. Current food shortages have been exacerbated by one of the most devastating El Niño-induced droughts in recent history. Agriculture is particularly vulnerable becuase of the heavy reliance of smallholder farmes on rain-fed maize production. The effects of two consecutive years of drought are evident in widespread crop failure, livestock deaths and dwindling livelihood and income-earning options for the rural populace. Mwenezi, a district in Masvingo, has been hard hit. WFP is rapidly stepping up life-saving operations and reaching a growing number of people with food and cash-based relief as well as with activities designed to improve the resilience of farming communities. These are some of the faces and stories of people affected by the drought.

 

650204
08/17/2016 - 16:54

Murielle Bonostro can’t forget the young boy in Haiti whose life was turned around by nutritious food. To mark World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, team members from the World Food Programme share their stories about working in their own countries to help end hunger. The seventh in the series, this is Murielle’s story from Haiti.

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08/17/2016 - 12:20
Hunger TV

These men and women have been with WFP since it reopened its offices in the Philippines in 2006. Whether in operations or support services, they work behind the scenes to deliver food assistance and help rebuild the lives of the most vulnerable communities affected by conflicts and disasters. Read the inspiring words of these WFP Philippines staff members as they continue to share humanity with fellow Filipinos.

Desiderio Atienza

He works as a driver of the Representative and Country Director of WFP Philippines and manages the transportation fleet in the Manila office. He was the first local staff hired when the WFP Philippines office reopened in February 2006.


Photo: WFP/Anthony Chase Lim

"The best part of my job is being able to go to different parts of the Philippines and knowing different kinds of cultures. Being a part of WFP for ten years for me is a great accomplishment already, because WFP is the biggest humanitarian agency in the world."

Bonnie Singayao 

He is the national security officer of WFP Philippines based in the Cotabato sub-office. He joined WFP in March 2006.


Photo: WFP/Sahabudin Kuli

"During my previous work as a journalist covering the war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao, I have seen the dire need of the displaced families especially for food assistance. This also led the way for me to see the beautiful work that humanitarian agencies are doing for the displaced families in providing their basic needs and assisting them even in the early recovery period when they were allowed to return to their villages. So when the opportunity came for me to join an international humanitarian organization, which at that time is mandated to assist the conflict-affected population in Central Mindanao, I did not hesitate to apply in the hope that I can use my knowledge and skills in helping others who are in need."

Norlaynie Atar-Mampao 

She works as a finance business support assistant in the Iligan sub-office. She joined WFP in March 2006.


Photo: WFP/Marilou Cezar

"Throughout my ten years with WFP, I consider myself fortunate to have served in several emergency interventions in various places in the country. In all of these, I have acquired a breadth of knowledge in multiple fields and a wide range of skills in responding to emergencies. It has been a great opportunity to be a part of this humanitarian world with amazingly passionate and driven people who share similar ideals and aspirations."

Baicon Macaraya 

She is a national programme officer heading the sub-office in Iligan and leads the gender and protection network in WFP Philippines. She started working with WFP in March 2006.


Photo: WFP/Alicia Pandapatan

"Humanitarian work is the most fulfilling career on earth for me. You are not just pursuing a career goal. You are doing what you love the most, while at the same time making a difference in the lives of others. In my experience with WFP, humanitarian work is actually making my life meaningful by realizing my passion, by realizing my commitment to give back to the people."

Radjemma Lao 

Hired in April 2006 as a logistics assistant, she continues her work in logistics in the Cotabato sub-office.


Photo: WFP/Robert Lu

"I get self-fulfilment doing humanitarian work. It makes me feel that somehow I have contributed something to humanity. Seeing the excitement on the face of the people we assist when we are in the field is fulfilling."

Marlon Laher 

He is a driver based in the country office in Manila. He joined WFP on May 2006.


Photo: WFP/Arlene Robles

"In my work, I have been inspired by the WFP Philippines team as they show their willingness and determination in helping other people. All of my colleagues are passionate about their work and enjoy helping others. I am also inspired by the children who are very brave at their very young age. Despite the calamities and difficulties they experienced in their lives, they continue to smile and show faith and hope."

John Paul Lobaton 

He works as an IT operations associate in the Cotabato sub-office. He began working with WFP in June 2006.


Photo: WFP/Nolieus Labrador

"Seeing everybody connected to the world and being able to effectively communicate especially during emergency situations is the best part of my job. Only when reliable communication systems are in place can humanitarian workers do their job effectively because accurate, reliable and timely information is vital in saving lives."

Rolando Uy 

He is a warehouse management associate in the Cotabato sub-office. He joined WFP in June 2006.


Photo: WFP/Anthony Chase Lim

"I wanted to work with the United Nations World Food Programme as I was challenged by the kind of work that the organization is doing. Being assigned with WFP Logistics, my colleagues and I always have to be ready to make available and deliver human and physical resources needed at the shortest possible time so we could reach the people affected by disasters. Turning challenges to outcomes make us resourceful, innovative, and creative."

Shennilane Sapilo 

She is a logistics assistant based in the Cotabato sub-office. She began working with WFP in June 2006.


Photo: WFP/Sahabudin Kuli

"There are many things which I like in my job. But the best part is I am able to give a part of myself in helping and making a difference in the lives of so many people in need."

Samsia Santiago 

He works as a driver in the Cotabato sub-office. He started working with WFP in July 2006.


Photo: WFP/Sahabudin Kuli

"The best part of my job is that despite the difficulties, you know that you are saving lives; you are helping your fellow man. Another good thing about my job is having the freedom to express myself – to laugh when I need to de-stress, to speak and actually be heard, and to perform not just because I’m paid to do it but because I'm inspired to be the best."

Nolieus Labrador 

He is a driver based in the Cotabato sub-office. He joined WFP in July 2006.


Photo: WFP/Anthony Chase Lim

"The most inspiring people I see are the children in remote areas who keep on going to school even if they have to walk long from their homes. These children are recipients of WFP’s school meals and they persevere in their school work despite the challenges. They inspire me to continue to help in any way I can through WFP."

Marlon Sunga 

He is a driver in the Cotabato sub-office. He joined WFP in July 2006.


Photo: WFP/Hananie Macapeges

"In my ten years of service to WFP, my greatest accomplishment is the dream of every parent – to send their children to school and have a decent living. As a WFP driver, I am able to support our projects that provide food to people displaced by conflict and disasters and at the same time also provide the financial needs of my children in school and I am very thankful that they were able to finish their studies."

Jaslin Masbud 

She works as a monitoring assistant and helps colleagues as a peer support volunteer based in the Iligan sub-office. She joined WFP in September 2006.


Photo: WFP/Marilou Cezar

"The most memorable moment for me was when I was made Officer-in-Charge [of the Iligan office] for a year. This was after Typhoon Haiyan hit and my other colleagues were out to support the other regions affected by the typhoon. It made me realize that I have the capacity to run an office. I am grateful that my bosses and colleagues trusted and encouraged me to survive heading the Iligan sub-office for a year."

Niel Catolico 

He is a driver based in the Cotabato sub-office. He started working with  WFP in September 2006.


Photo: WFP/Lizoil John Donayre

"It’s a challenge to ensure the safety of my passengers especially during field missions. The road conditions and terrain in Mindanao is sometimes very challenging. Aside from muddy and slippery roads, there are also ravines and rivers that we have to traverse. My job would really depend on my skills and abilities to ensure that we will reach our destination and return to our duty station without any untoward incident."

Fahima Abdulaziz 

She is a monitoring assistant in Cotabato sub-office. She came on board with WFP in October 2006.


Photo: WFP/Dale Rivera

"As a humanitarian worker, I have to maintain neutrality amidst the varying dynamics in the field where you hear different stories, views, and opinions. Humanitarian workers need to balance all of these because our goal is to reach the people in need. Sometimes you run out of options how to think strategically in times of deadlock especially when you cannot gain the full support of a partner. Humanitarian workers are also vulnerable. The security situation is unpredictable when you are in the field. Peace and security is a challenge especially in our area of work."

Arniel Mascod 

He works as a driver based in the Cotabato sub-office. He joined WFP in December 2006.


Photo: WFP/Sahabudin Kuli

"I started as a volunteer serving conflict-affected communities in Maguindanao and North Cotabato. As a volunteer then, I felt happy helping others even if there was no compensation. I think Allah gave me the opportunity to be hired by WFP as a driver so that I could continue serving other people who need assistance by bringing my colleagues in the field. Until now, I still have a strong resolve and I am still very happy to be a humanitarian worker for WFP."

For ten years, these 16 humanitarian workers have dedicated their lives to helping reach Zero Hunger as part of the World Food Programme (WFP) in the Philippines.

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08/17/2016 - 12:15
Food For Assets

A Challenging Return

Sixty-year-old Mohammad Alam and his family have recently returned to their village in Deh Sabz, Afghanistan from Pakistan.  In this remote district of Kabul province, hundreds of families like Mohammad's have returned home after spending decades as refugees in Pakistan. They are hoping to rebuild their homes and their lives in spite of multiple challenges, among them the difficulties of getting to other villages. WFP, together with local communities, is constructing a six-kilometre road that will connect more than 15 villages in Deh Sabz to Kabul city. This will serve to improve access between villages, as well as access to markets.

 

Sign of Development

After 30 years in Pakistan as a refugee, Alam is happy to be back and he is expecting great things from the road when it is completed. “This project will improve our lives, I am very happy to see this road in our area, as it shows it is developing. We will soon have better connection to the markets, to schools and to health clinics,” said Alam. 
 
The road building project is part of WFP’s Asset Creation strategy, which supports community projects and aims to help local communities through enhancing resilience and rebuilding livelihoods. WFP provides monthly food supplies of fortified wheat flour, pulses, vegetable oil and salt to support the families of 800 labourers who participate in the construction work in exchange for food support. 80 of the most vulnerable female-headed households in the community have also received food assistance.

Fresh Grapes, Better Prices

Most people living in the area are farmers, growing vegetables, fruit and other agricultural produce. In the past they were often forced to sell at lower prices as poor road conditions and weak market access meant their produce took too long to reach the market. Malak Khial Mohammad, a community leader from a village in Deh Sabz explains how farmers will directly benefit from road access. “Now we can deliver our products such as fresh grapes to the market on time and can sell them at a good price. Farmers no longer need to worry about how to get their crops to markets, trucks come right to their farms. Now they reach the market in a matter of hours, not days."

In the remote district of Deh Sabz in the central highlands, locals are eagerly awaiting the completion of a new village access road that will enable children to get to school faster and improve access to markets and healthcare facilities.

650200
08/17/2016 - 09:55

As a programme associate  in Yemen for the World Food Programme, Abeer Noman has survived airstrikes, evacuated staff and made sure her own family is safe. In the lead up to this year’s World Humanitarian Day, we’re sharing stories that celebrate the spirit of humanitarianism. This is Abeer’s story.

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08/16/2016 - 15:14

Hafiza Khan knows first-hand what it’s like to experience the aftermath of a super cyclone. To mark World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, Hafiza and other World Food Programme team members are sharing their stories about working in their own countries to help end hunger.