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11/25/2015 - 11:44

The first batch of 10 trucks arrived in Goma, North Kivu province from Kampala, Uganda, at the end of September. They have been used to transport 100 tons of food for recently-displaced people in Walikale territory. The 20 remaining trucks are expected to arrive in DRC before the end of November.    

"WFP greatly appreciates the generosity of the Russian Government and is thankful for this contribution, which will enhance WFP’s fleet operational capacity in DRC," says WFP Country Director Pablo Recalde.

Photo:WFP/Jacques David

Russian generosity and WFP logistics expertise

"The Federation of Russia appreciates WFP’s dynamism and efforts in the fight against hunger in DRC,” says the Ambassador of the Federation of Russia, Igor Evdokimov. “We welcome this cooperation and hope that the Kamaz trucks, top of the world in their category, will support the noble objectives of the WFP in DRC."

WFP already has a fleet of 28 DAF trucks, which have been used on the country’s tortuous and dilapidated roads to deliver much-needed humanitarian aid over the past 10 years. The number of trucks was insufficient to cover all operations. If well-looked after, the trucks have a lifespan of about 40 years. 

Photo:WFP/Jacques David

The Kamaz trucks’ first mission took place on the Kashebere-Kibua-Mpofi axis in Walikale territory in North Kivu. Since July 2015, the area has been home to nearly 17,000 recently-displaced people who fled their villages following clashes between Mayi-Mayi armed groups over the control of mining areas.

WFP distributed food assistance to the displaced in August and September through its partner World Vision. The third and final distribution took place in October. The trucks overcame all the traps of the North Kivu’s ruined roads and accomplished their mission on time and with success. 

Photo:WFP/Jacques David

As part of a 218-truck donation by the Russian Federation, these Kamaz vehicles -- valued at US$21 million – are allowing WFP to respond quicker and more efficiently to meet humanitarian needs. So far, around 70% of the trucks have been delivered, and are now transporting WFP food in countries such as Afghanistan, Central African Republic, DRC and South Sudan. 

In addition, this donation is helping WFP to strengthen regional truck fleets based in Ghana and Uganda, which are able to rapidly deploy trucks to fill gaps in local transport capacity, reaching those in need with food assistance as quickly as possible.

Visit the country page to read more about WFP operations in Democratic Republic of Congo


The Government of the Russian Federation has donated 30 KAMAZ trucks to the World Food Programme of the United Nations (WFP) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to facilitate food deliveries and distributions to vulnerable people and the provision of services to humanitarian partners in hard-to-reach and crisis-hit areas.

11/24/2015 - 15:08
Focus on Women

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights, and can include physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse while cutting across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography.

WFP is fighting violence against women through prevention, empowerment and food assistance. Here we want to tell you the stories of three women who received our support.

We helped them in different ways but with the same guiding principle: women are the most effective solution to combating and preventing hunger.  

Fatima*: Preventing the risk of violence in Sudan

* To protect the womens’ privacy, real names are not used throughout

In Darfur, Safe Access to Firewood and Alternative Energy (SAFE) projects, organized by WFP and partners, help to reduce the risk of violence against women and girls who are exposed to danger when walking kilometers to gather firewood for cooking. They can spend four to eight hours every day searching for firewood.

But Fatima says that since enrolling in a WFP SAFE program, she has learned how to make fuel efficient stoves, reducing her trips into the bush for firewood. This also frees up time for Fatima to work on the handicrafts that provide her earnings.

Download the factsheet (PDF; 0.3MB) and read more about Fatima's story.

[quote|“Women and girls can be raped by soldiers if they venture even a few hundred meters outside of the village, and if they get pregnant, their babies are considered (sinful)”]

Visit the UNITE campaign's website

Hasina*: Empowering women in Bangladesh

* To protect the womens’ privacy, real names are not used throughout

In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, WFP’s Enhancing Food Security (EFS) project provides opportunities for ultra-poor women to take new roles in their households and communities. 

As an EFS participant, Hasina received a monthly cash transfer, a small business grant and training in business skills. She attended sessions on health, nutrition, leadership, financial management and homestead gardening.

The experience has helped Hasina to step outside the traditional gender roles prevalent in Cox’s Bazar, where women are often unable to leave their homes alone and violence against women is too often considered acceptable. 

Download the factsheet (PDF; 0.3MB) to read more about Hasina's story.

[quote|“It’s changed me as a woman, mother and wife, as well as a leader of this group”]

Visit the UNITE campaign's website

Hilda*: Food assistance in Ecuador for a new start

* To protect the womens’ privacy, real names are not used throughout

After Hilda fled her abusive husband with their four children, she turned to WFP for assistance in rebuilding her life.

Her husband Jose forced her into prostitution, taking all of her earnings and beating her if she refused to work. Such violence continued throughout their five years together – a period marked by continuous abuse and fear.

Download the factsheet (PDF; 0.3MB) and read more about Hilda's story.

[quote|"That was the first time that I realized my partner could kill me one day. So, I asked myself: what will my children do if I die? This made me see life under a different perspective.”]

Visit the UNITE campaign's website

Today, 25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the World Food Programme (WFP) is taking part in the UN Secretary-General's UNiTE Campaign. 

11/24/2015 - 13:07
Responding to Emergencies

ORINY, South Sudan – It is morning in the village of Oriny. Amidst the chirping of birds, there is also the sound of an aircraft – it is a UN World Food Programme (WFP) plane airdropping food to be distributed to almost 16,000 people affected by conflict in this area of Upper Nile State.

Photo:WFP/George Fominyen

Fighting, floods and insects: nothing left to eat


At a school near the drop zone, women and children gather to watch and cheer after each successful drop. They have come from surrounding villages to receive food, and have sought shelter at the school, which has been closed since fighting erupted in South Sudan nearly two years ago.
"We have no food in my village," says Theresa Nyalam who comes from Padiang. "The situation is difficult. There was fighting that made people run away, then there were floods and then insects came and ate everything that was left."

Most Padiang and Oriny residents have to trek for hours to the closest major town, Kodok, in order to buy some sorghum brought in from neighbouring Sudan. And many of those face yet another challenge – they have no money to buy the food they need.
"Some people sell their clothes to get money to buy food. Others, like me, fetch firewood from the bushes and sell that to get money," says the mother of four children. 

On top of all that, the food supplies from Sudan have recently shrunk due to insecurity along the routes the trucks pass through to get to Kodok. This has left most of the population reliant on humanitarian assistance, but even that support has only intermittently reached the area because of intense insecurity.

Airdrops to deliver food in inaccessible areas

Photo:WFP/George Fominyen

But relief is coming, now that security conditions have improved somewhat and the parties to the conflict have provided safety guarantees for aid distributions. WFP, UNICEF and their partner World Vision have now been able to deploy rapid response missions to several places in Upper Nile State, including Oriny in Fashoda County. 

The area remains inaccessible by land, though, WFP must bring in the food supplies by air, including specialized nutritious foods delivered by helicopter and cereals and pulses dropped from airplanes. Oil is also brought in by air.

[quote|"I am happy when the plane comes because it means there will be food."]

Photo:WFP/George Fominyen
Sixteen-year-old Chan Unek is among the audience watching the WFP-chartered Ilyushin-76 drop its containers of food. He trekked from the village of Nyigir with his parents to register with WFP to receive food assistance.

"There are a few small gardens but what they produced is not enough to feed us for very long. That is why we came here," Unek says, his hand firmly clutching a cane that he uses to walk. "I am happy when the plane comes because it means there will be food."

The fighting in South Sudan has not only affected Unek's food security. He has been unable to continue with his education because schools are closed. His worst moments, though, are the times when he has to run with his parents and six siblings, to flee fighting.
"People run all night, the rain is falling and you have to hide under trees. It is so difficult."
Most of the people camped at the school in Oriny are grateful that they are able to receive assistance but what they really want is for the recently signed peace agreement to hold and for the fighting in South Sudan to end.

[quote|"I would like God to touch the hearts of the people who are fighting so that they can live in peace and allow us to live in peace."]

Photo:WFP/George Fominyen

"I would like God to touch the hearts of the people who are fighting so that they can live in peace and allow us to live in peace. Because we really don't know what they are fighting for," says Nyalam, who is breastfeeding her three-month-old, a girl named Rejoice.

"We are thankful that the world has seen our suffering and starvation and they have come to our help. If this war does not end, we pray that they continue to bring us food."

Visit our South Sudan page to learn more about WFP operations in the country.

The nearly two-year-old conflict in South Sudan has devastated the young country and left millions hungry. Many humanitarian agencies have struggled to reach isolated communities in the regions most affected by fighting, but WFP and its partners continue to overcome enormous obstacles to get food and other relief supplies to people in critical need.

11/23/2015 - 17:12

List of ingradients

Today VoucherChef takes you to Albania, to taste Salta's byrek. Salta lives in the Fier prefecture, one of the most severely affected areas by the floods that hit the country in February 2015.


1) Go to your preferred grocery and carefully select the ingredients. Quality matters!

Salta shops for ingradients
Photo:WFP/Carlos Munoz

2) Mix flour, salt and water and vigorously knead until you obtain an elastic, compact dough.

Salta mixed flour, salt and water
Photo:WFP/Carlos Munoz

3) Crack the eggs, mix them and admire their colour.

Eggs being cracked into a plate
Photo:WFP/Carlos Munoz

4) Then add the yogurt and continue to mix.

Eggs and yougurt being mixed
Photo:WFP/Carlos Munoz

5) Make 13 golf ball-sized portions. One for each layer.

Salta working the dough
Photo:WFP/Carlos Munoz

6) Patiently roll the dough in all directions until it’s almost invisible. The thinner the better.

Teh  dough being rolled
Photo:WFP/Carlos Munoz

7) Oil a round pan and start unrolling dough layers.

The dough is being unrolled into a pan
Photo:WFP/Carlos Munoz

8) After the third, generously spread egg-yogurt mix.

Eggs and yougurt being added into the pan
Photo:WFP/Carlos Munoz

9) Then add another layer and crumble some feta cheese on it. Don’t be shy.

More ingradients added to the pan
Photo:WFP/Carlos Munoz

10) Repeat this procedure 3 times. Remember, the thinner the layers, the better the byrek.

More ingradients added to the pan
Photo:WFP/Carlos Munoz

11) Cut the pie in squares for an easier serving and pour some oil on top of it.

The pie being cut in squares
Photo:WFP/Carlos Munoz

12) Bake it at 180 °C for 40 minutes. Make it cool a little bit and enjoy.

The pie being baked
Photo:WFP/Carlos Munoz

As a result of the damages caused by the floods, Darzeze village had intermittent electricity. When we were there, the power was out and Salta wasn’t able to bake the
byrek with her red, electric oven. We cannot bring electric power back to affected villages in emergencies but we can keep providing food assistance to vulnerable people like Salta and her affectionate family.

Cash And Vouchers

A woman holding a WFP cash and vouchers card

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


SCOPE is WFP’s beneficiary and transfer management platform. It’s an online application to make managing interventions more efficient. Learn how SCOPE enables a Feedback Loop for evidence based decision making. Watch the Video.

Welcome to WFP's new recipe series. Explore the culinary treasures and cooking abilities of those who benefit from WFP's cash and vouchers, an initiative that allows individuals to buy the food they need to cook their traditional dishes.

11/23/2015 - 13:28

1) Despite Mali’s steady emergence from the crises of recent years, 2.5 million Malians still struggle to feed themselves and their families. In 2015, WFP aims to support 1.1 million people across the country.

2) 315,000 people are in severe need of food assistance. WFP provides assistance to these vulnerable communities through food, cash and vouchers.

3) WFP is working with communities to build resilience to climate shocks by supporting projects such as construction of dams, ponds, and other infrastructure.

4) Three out of 10Malian children under 2 are chronically malnourished. WFP’s nutrition programmes across Mali aim to address this problem.

5) In Mali, four out of every five children, and more than half of the country’s women are anemic. By providing the right food at the right time to pregnant women, new mothers and children, WFP is working to reduce malnutrition and break the intergenerational cycle of hunger. 

6) Mali used to have a drought every 10-15 years. But climate change has created a new normal – in the last decade alone, there have been three.

7) WFP is helping to improve food security in Mali by supporting local farmers’ organizations to increase their income. In 2014, WFP bought 6000 MT of food from smallholder farmers in Mali. 

8) Heavy conflict in Mali in 2012- 2013 uprooted hundreds of thousands of people. As of October 2015, there are still 139,000 Malian refugees in neighbouring countries and 62,000 people displaced within the country in need of assistance. Large areas of northern Mali remain unstable. Armed groups control large areas and banditry and criminality are rife. 

9) WFP Mali buys an average of 30 percent of its food locally - surpassing the global WFP goal of ten percent. In 2014, this contributed US$18 million to the local economy.

10) In 2015, WFP will help alleviate child malnutrition and improve access to education by providing school meals to 162,000 children in Mali. This is often their only meal of the day.

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

Here are ten facts that shed light on the hunger situation in Mali, a country which is struggling to emerge from a series of concurrent crises. Please help the World Food Programme (WFP) raise awareness by sharing these important facts on Twitter. 

11/17/2015 - 11:53
Cash and Vouchers

Cash-based transfers continue to grow steadily – in 2014 they represented 30% of WFP's total assistance, compared to 20% in 2013. Meanwhile, WFP is finding innovative ways to put its expertise to use with other humanitarian partners, and in service of more vulnerable people.

[publication|646288]‘One Card' in Palestine is an example of how WFP is creating meaningful partnerships. More and more governments and humanitarian actors are using WFP's contracted service providers – such as banks, mobile operators, or remittance companies – to distribute cash-based transfers. WFP has a client orientation when working with partners, listening to their needs and providing a cost effective service for their programmes.

A Palestinian woman holding a One Card
Photo:WFP/Eyad Al Baba

Since early 2014, WFP and the United Nations Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) have together reached 45,000 UNRWA beneficiaries in the West Bank with One Card which provides access to food at local shops. WFP provides its expertise in cash-based transfers, as well as its network of shops and services, while UNRWA maintains the overall responsibility and mandate for reaching Palestinian refugees.

When the Gaza conflict broke out in July 2014, WFP also joined forces with UNICEF to implement preparedness measures, providing more than 84,000 people with One Card for food, water, soap and other hygiene products from local shops. An additional 30 shops were included in the network to ensure the greatest geographical coverage.

During the 51 days of the conflict, 95 percent of all funds made available through the cards were redeemed at participating shops – a clear sign that assistance reached those who needed it. After the conflict, WFP and UNICEF added an education component to the card for 42,000 students to redeem school uniforms and shoes. One Card served beneficiaries from three different emergency clusters – Education, Food and WASH, water sanitation and hygiene. 

[quote|"One Card in Palestine is an example of meaningful partnerships, making WFP the ‘go to' agency for any organization that uses cash-based transfers." Daniela Owen, WFP Palestine's Country Director]

Two Palestinian women talking in a supermarket
Photo: WFP/Colin Kampschoer

In addition to UNRWA and UNICEF, One Card is currently used by a number of partners including the Palestinian Authority (PA), and NGOs Oxfam GB, Médecins du Monde and HelpAge International. As part of the PA's Social Safety Net system, WFP provides One Card for food assistance to people who are registered through the Ministry of Social Affairs.

Together with Oxfam GB, Together with Oxfam GB, WFP has started a One Card assistance, providing more than 5,000 people in Gaza with One Card for hygiene products until the end of 2015. Moreover, with Médecins du Monde, essential hygiene products were also provided through One Card to more than 9,000 people in Gaza in 2015, while HelpAge International supported the specific needs of 2,800 elderly people in Gaza. 

In the words of Palestine's Country Director Daniela Owen: "One Card in Palestine is an example of meaningful partnerships, making WFP the ‘go to' agency for any organization that uses cash-based transfers".

How does it work?

To implement this One Card approach, WFP extends its existing contracts with service providers to include the needs of its humanitarian partners, and then manages their funds transparently and separately through a specific financial structure called a ‘Special Account'.

Beneficiaries receive just One Card, which they can use to redeem food, or non-food items, in a network of vetted local shops equipped with an electronic terminal, similar to a credit card machine, where people swipe their card to redeem the items.

The One Card approach builds on the existing contracts that WFP already has in place with local shops and producers, and can be quickly adapted to provide other types of items, or to include humanitarian partners in case of emergencies.

While WFP puts at disposal its know-how and technical systems in cash-based management, partners can contribute in different ways - by providing funds to be disbursed, identifying beneficiaries, items, or monitoring beneficiaries after the assistance is provided. 

by Colin Kampschoer and Alessandra D'Angelo

If you want to know more about what WFP is doing in the country please visit our Palestine country page.


Hanan is a Palestinian woman from Gaza. With the 'One Card' Hanan can buy nutritious food at local shops. But this card is used for much more: people can buy water, hygiene products and even school uniforms for children. It makes life easier - it's all on one card. 

11/17/2015 - 11:25

Small-scale women producers

Women-led milk processing units are taking the lead in producing the yoghurt for the schools. In Dori, the capital of the Sahel region, WFP works with Kossam N’aï Bodedji (KNB), a group of thirty women that purchases milk from small producers and turns it into yoghurt for the students.

When the group began in 2010, they were only working with 22 litres of milk per day. Now, the partnership with WFP allows them to process 200 litres daily.

[quote|"Every day I had to rely on my husband for my needs and those of my children. Since our group has been working with WFP, I’m basically financially independent."]

Photo:WFP/Celestine Ouédraogo

Hadiatou Ba Koïta, a 36-year-old mother of five (second left in photo above), is the group’s president. She says that the beginning was not easy.

“We had many difficulties at first. Even our husbands did not believe in our adventure. But now, KNB allows us to be autonomous, to meet our needs and those of our families.  Every day I had to rely on my husband for my needs and those of my children.  Since our group has been working with WFP, I’m basically financially independent.  My husband respects me more, and consults with me before making decisions. We now have more value in the eyes of our families and societies - more respect.”

Photo:WFP/Celestine Ouédraogo

Thanks to WFP’s expertise, she says, their production and food quality have improved.

Hadiatou is hoping to further expand so that within a year, KNB can have its own herd of dairy cows, and one day, a factory. They set aside a portion of their profits each month for future investments like these.

[quote| “With the example of our groups’ success, more and more women in the region are coming to us for advice.”]

Photo:WFP/Celestine Ouédraogo


In a context where families struggle to provide two daily meals to their children, and malnutrition rates are some of the highest in the country, the school meals encourage parents to send their children to school.

Estelle Bambara, a 27-year-old teacher in Kampiti (photo below), says that school meals have helped to improve attendance. 

Photo:WFP/Celestine Ouédraogo

Typically, during the harvest season, about a third of students skip school to help their parents in the field. But with the addition of the yoghurt to the school meals, she has seen attendance grow.

Photo:WFP/Celestine Ouédraogo

Estelle says that parents of students are beginning to understand the importance of schooling for both girls and boys. The school has enrolled the largest number of students this year – a hundred students.

[quote|“Without programmes like these, it would be difficult to get children to attend school in the Sahel region” ]

Photo:WFP/Celestine Ouédraogo

“Without programmes like these, it would be difficult to get children to attend school in the Sahel region,” she concludes.


The importance of school meal programmes in a country like Burkina Faso is well established. In the Sahel region, WFP's school meals programme encourages enrolment and attendance, especially that of girls. Some schools now enrol more girls than boys - proof that programmes like these contribute to gradually closing the gender gap. 

One of these girls is Djeneba Hamadou Diallo, a bright 12-year-old (photo below), who is one of nine children. She works hard in school, and is one of the top five students in her class. Her favourite subjects are math and science.

[quote| "I like going to school – I get to read, write, and eat good food! ]

Photo:WFP/Celestine Ouédraogo

Like all 955 schools in the Sahel region, her school, in Kampiti, receives WFP food in school canteens, with breakfast at recess and lunch at noon. 

 "I like going to school – I get to read, write, and eat good food! The midday meal is good, but I like the yoghurt especially because it’s sweet," she says with a big smile.

At home, Djeneba’s family usually eats tô (corn flour dough or millet with vegetable sauce), millet porridge, beans, and occasionally rice and milk. But the milk she has at home is not as fresh as the yoghurt at school.

[quote|"My parents appreciate the food – they know that when I work hard at school, the family benefits.”]

Photo:WFP/Celestine Ouédraogo

Djeneba also receives take-home food rations for her and her family. WFP distributes food rations for girls so that they can take 10 kg of grains home each month, another aspect that encourages parents to enrol their daughters in school and keep them there.

"My parents appreciate the food – they know that when I work hard at school, the family benefits.” Djeneba wants to do well in the entrance exams for high school next year and become a teacher rather than marry young, like many other girls in her community.

[quote|"My dream is to one day become a teacher to teach children in my village to read, write, and count."]

Photo:WFP/Celestine Ouédraogo

"My dream is to one day become a teacher to teach children in my village to read, write, and count," she says.

NOTE: WFP’s school meals programme in Burkina Faso would not be possible without the generous support of Canada, Luxembourg, and the Cartier Charitable Foundation.

If you want to know more about what WFP is doing in the country visit the Burkina Faso country page

As part of its school meals project in Burkina Faso, the World Food Programme (WFP) uses locally-produced yoghurt to enrich children’s school meals and provide a market for vulnerable small-scale producers to earn an extra income.

Students in twelve schools have benefitted from this initiative since May, when WFP introduced yoghurt into its school meals. In the 2015-2016 school year, the yoghurt initiative will expand to 20 schools, reaching 2,500 students. This school year, the overall school meals program will reach over 120,000 students in 955 schools in the Sahel region where food insecurity is high, and school enrolment rates are low. Not only the students, however, benefit from this initiative.

11/13/2015 - 14:29

1) Myanmar is the second largest country in Southeast Asia and is rich in natural resources. Yet it is one of the least developed countries in the world, ranking 150th out of 187 countries according to the 2014 Human Development Report.

2) Significant improvements in the fight against hunger have been achieved in recent decades, with the percentage of the population that receives less than the minimum level of calories falling by more than 77 percent since 1990. This means that Myanmar achieved the Millennium Development Goal of halving hunger by 2015.

3) Despite this progress, more than a quarter of Myanmar’s population still live in poverty.

4) Undernutrition rates continue to be among the highest in the region. More than 35 percent of children in Myanmar show signs of stunted growth caused by chronic malnutrition, while 8 percent of children are acutely malnourished. The World Food Programme (WFP) provides nutritious food to 77,000 malnourished children across the country.

5) Myanmar is vulnerable to serious disasters that affect food security. In 2015, floods and landslides affected 1.7 million people, destroyed more than 500,000 ha of rice fields and killed more than 250,000 livestock. WFP was the first agency to respond to the government’s declaration of a disaster and provided life-saving food to more than 455,000 people in the following month. 

6) Sporadic conflicts and inter-communal violence affect food security in Myanmar and occasionally limit access to those affected. WFP provides food assistance to more than 128,000 vulnerable people displaced by recurrent clashes in Rakhine State, 39,000 in Kachin and 5,000 in Shan.

7) Coupled with food insecurity, only about half of school age children complete their primary education. More than 227,000 children in Myanmar benefit from WFP’s school feeding programme, which is implemented with the government. 

8) Tuberculosis (TB) prevalence rates in Myanmar are among the highest in Asia and three times the global average. WFP provides food assistance for 7,000 TB patients, who have high nutritional needs during the treatment period.

9) HIV prevalence among at-risk groups, especially people who inject drugs, is one of the highest in the world, at 23 percent. To improve their adherence to treatment, WFP provides nutrition support to 13,000 people living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy. 

10) WFP’s operations in Myanmar are chronically underfunded. WFP currently requires USD 40 million to cover all food and cash assistance needs in the country until June 2016.

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

Help us raise awareness on the effects of hunger and malnutrition in Myanmar by sharing these ten facts.

11/12/2015 - 18:48

Streets in the town of Myronivskiy are quieter these days – much quieter than Aleksandra can ever recall. She and her husband are among the few people who remained in this typical Ukrainian town in the eastern province of Donetsk.

For months, the couple struggled to live without electricity or gas to heat the battered house. Not easy for Aleksandra, whose husband had suffered a stroke right before the shelling incident and has been paralysed since then. 

Memories and fear

The shelling that night also left its mark on Aleksandra: a serious foot injury that kept her in hospital for two months. She is still in pain, and it prevents her from walking normally. “The profound pain I still feel in my foot reminds me every day of that dreadful night,” she says.

[quote|“The profound pain I still feel in my foot, is reminding me every day of that dreadful night”]

Aleksandra Yakovchuk. Photo:WFP/Deborah Nguyen

Aleksandra is still haunted by that night. Only a few days ago, she hid in the basement after she heard sounds of shelling. She is always afraid of night time, as it reminds her of the night her house was destroyed. She has even covered the windows with blankets to reduce the noise caused by shelling and explosives.

They moved in with their only daughter Elena, 55, whose small house is located in the same town, and she is taking care of them with the small means she has.

Five million people affected by the conflict

The couple are among 5 million people who are affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. It has left them homeless, and completely dependent on their daughter and a small pension that does not cover their basic needs. They receive World Food Programme (WFP) vouchers, which frees up some of what little money they have so they can buy the medicines they need.  

Aleksandra (on the right) with her daughter. (Photo:WFP/Deborah Nguyen)

All Aleksandra dreams of now is seeing her two granddaughters, Christina and Irina, who fled to neighbouring Russia. “They are not likely to return any time soon; I do not know if I will get to see them before I die,” she sobbed. .  

To meet increasing needs in the upcoming winter, WFP requires a total of approximately USD 20 million until March 2016.

If you want to know more about what WFP is doing in the country visit our Ukraine country page.

Aleksandra Yakovchuk, 77, was sleeping in the kitchen, the warmest place in her house, when she woke up to a very loud bang. That was the sound of shelling. Within seconds, all her windows were shattered, doors fell off their hinges, and the roof was severely destroyed. “It was an unspeakable nightmare,” she says. 

11/12/2015 - 18:37


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Caterpillar larvae (madora)

1) Soak half a packet (250 g) of dried caterpillar larvae in boiling water for 10 minutes.

​Photo:WFP/David Orr

2) Drain and cook in a little fresh boiling water for 5 minutes (or until the water has boiled away.)

​Photo:WFP/David Orr

3) Season with salt and chili and fry for 10 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes.

​Photo:WFP/David Orr

4) In a bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of peanut butter in a little hot water, then add the caterpillars.



​Photo:WFP/David Orr

5) Simmer for 5 minutes before serving hot. 

​Photo:WFP/David Orr

Termites (majuru)

​Photo:WFP/David Orr

1) Extract cupful of termites from termite mound using stripped leaf of a sisal plant.

​Photo:WFP/David Orr

2) Dry fry termites over a low heat for 10 minutes. Then turn up the heat and add a pinch of salt and chili.

​Photo:WFP/David Orr

4) Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and serve.

​Photo:WFP/David Orr


1) Soak 250g. of dried covo in boiling water. Drain, then add a little more boiling water. Cook for 10 minutes or until the water has boiled off. 

​Photo:WFP/David Orr

2) Add chopped tomatoes, a tablespoon of vegetable oil and season.

​Photo:WFP/David Orr

5) Cook for 20 minutes over a low heat. 

​Photo:WFP/David Orr

Millet and maize meal (sadza)

​Photo:WFP/David Orr

1) For each dish, boil water and slowly add half of milled cereals.

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2) Cook covered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally with a musika (whisk-like implement) until it takes on the consistency of thin porridge.

​Photo:WFP/David Orr

3) Add the remaining cereal and cook for another few minutes until thick.

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4) Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. 

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Serve, sit back and enjoy!

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You can accompany Priscilla's "Caterpillar Surprise" with Maheu (non-alcoholic drink made with left-over sadza) or ndari (home-brewed beer)

Cash And Vouchers

A WFP cash and vouchers card
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. Learn more about WFP's cash and vouchers programmes.

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While still distributing food to those most in need, WFP is increasingly giving vouchers or cash so that people can choose what food they want to eat and where they want to buy it. Zimbabwe is one of many countries where WFP is putting cash into the hands of hungry people. Today, VoucherChef takes you to central Zimbabwe where Priscilla invites you to taste her scrumptious caterpillars.