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05/23/2016 - 18:59
Preventing Hunger

In Burkina Faso, rural communities are exposed to natural disasters such as droughts, floods and infestations, which have become increasing frequent and severe with climate change. The effects of these shocks reduce agricultural production, which is essential to maintaining their livelihoods. Local populations also have insufficient access to basic social services such as health care and education and face high population growth, gender inequality and rising prices. With these difficulties, household food and nutritional security has been progressively eroding.

WFP supports activities to help households in these rural areas develop land to support agro-pastoral production, support food security and increase community and household resilience.

In order to better understand and respond to community needs and expectations as well as to improve their participation in the decision-process for resilience activities, WFP developed the CBPP approach. It also promotes coordination and cooperation among partners who intervene in the area in all sectors. Through the process, WFP and local communities identify obstacles to development and resilience-building and propose solutions. The outcome of the exercise is a community action plan that is prepared and approved by both community and stakeholders.

CBPP experts from headquarters in Rome and Regional Bureau in Dakar traveled to Burkina to train WFP Burkina Faso staff and its partners and lead this first exercise in country.

After CBPP objectives and methodology were presented to participants, the practical exercise was able to begin in Banogo. Community representatives defined and identified four socio-economic groups (from poorest to wealthy) in the village. During group discussions, participants identified technical itineraries, seasonal calendars, previous shocks and their frequency, coping mechanisms and local institutional actors. They also discussed how shocks impacted each socio-economic group, by age and gender. Community members led a guided tour of Banogo, allowing participants to see firsthand available resources and potential areas for development and complete a village mapping exercise.

For Charles Tankoano, president of APDC, “the CBPP exercise will stimulate the community. It brought many different actors together in support of the community in order to implement an action plan for development and resilience. It will allow each partner to intervene in their domain of expertise and bring their actions together in a collective effort to improve resilience for residents of Banogo.”

Community members identified land degradation, lack of off-season economic activities and floods that block access to the local health center as their main challenges.

According to village resident Marie-Jeanne Lankoandé, “We [community members] were able to participate in discussions and identify activities to reinforce our resilience and help get us out of poverty.”

The contributions and involvement of local actors and WFP partners over a three-year period will help the community of Banogo implement the action plan developed during the CBPP exercise. 

In order to better contribute to reinforcing community resilience and food and nutritional security, WFP has developed a diagnostic and planning approach based on community participation. A training and practical exercise on “Community-Based Participatory Planning” (CBPP) took place from 4 to 8 April 2016 in Banogo, East region. State centralized and decentralized technical and NGO staff and local community members participated in the exercise, which was organized by WFP partner “Appui à la promotion du développement durable des communautés” (APDC).

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05/20/2016 - 16:45

ADAM produces a “virtual dashboard” as soon as a disaster strikes, featuring details such as the magnitude of an earthquake, the number of people potentially affected, weather conditions and the WFP resources available in the area. It is already making a dramatic difference in reducing the time between disaster striking and WFP’s response. 

“We were receiving lots of requests from other organizations for ADAM to be made available outside WFP,” said Project Coordinator Andrea Amparore of the Emergency Preparedness Branch. “This will now allow other organizations to have essential information immediately, and improve the overall humanitarian response.”


Photo:WFP/Photolibrary

Subscribed organizations will receive an automatically generated email, while individuals can follow on Twitter @WFP_ADAM and receive automatic tweets with key information.

The Shake Map

Meanwhile, the introduction of a new feature, the Shake Map, is set to further increase the effectiveness of ADAM. The map is sent out one hour after the initial alert dashboard, providing an early estimate of damage through assessments of the geology structure and soil consistency in the affected areas. 

“It’s hard to estimate the real effects of an earthquake just from the magnitude,” says Amparore. “The Shake Map helps us to have a clearer idea of the damage on the ground in the very initial phase of the emergency, enabling us to better tailor our response.”

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ADAM works by pulling together information from sources including the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System, the US Geological Survey and the World Bank, as well as from WFP databases. The ADAM dashboard is automatically produced when a disaster registers over a certain scale.

"In the past, all these operations were performed manually and were time-consuming for staff," explains Amparore. "This reduced the time available for further detailed analysis and affected the speed of our response." 

Reducing the time lag

Since its launch early last year, ADAM has meant a reduction in the time between a disaster striking and the moment when WFP takes action. “Within 12 minutes of the earthquake in Ecuador last month, ADAM had sent out its dashboard – long before the media even started talking about it,” says Amparore. “Instead of hours, we are talking about minutes in terms of being able to gather information. In an earthquake situation, minutes mean lives.”

The system comes at no additional cost to WFP, as it has been developed with open-source (free to use) technology. ADAM is currently active for earthquakes, but an expansion is planned next year to include monitoring of tropical storms. 

WFP will present ADAM at the World Humanitarian Summit taking place in Istanbul from 23 to 24 May 2016. 

Find out more
Follow ADAM on Twitter @WFP_ADAM (active from Friday 20 May). 

Humanitarian Agencies/Institutions can subscribe to email alerts from http://geonode.wfp.org/adam.html.

WFP’s Automated Disaster Analysis and Mapping system (ADAM) is being opened up to other organizations in a move that can improve the collective humanitarian response on the ground. 

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05/20/2016 - 11:41

WFP shares the Foundation's goals, since better access to food and improved nutrition are critical pillars in efforts to achieve Zero Hunger.

This is why you will find stories from WFP on the Foundation's website (direct links below), including on school meals in both Kenya and Lebanon, and a blog post from Nutrition Division Director Lauren Landis about nutrition for mothers and children in Chad and beyond.

To see how you can become involved in the Food Revolution, visit the Foundation's website.

WFP is supporting Food Revolution Day on Friday 20 May as a means of helping tackle child malnutrition. The day forms part of the wider Food Revolution – a global campaign run by the Jamie Oliver Foundation to inspire positive change in how people access, consume and understand food.

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05/16/2016 - 16:08
Responding to Emergencies

Memories of a dark night

The night of the earthquake caused major panic in the capital Quito. Phone batteries were running down as the day was ending, there was rising concern from not knowing family’s whereabouts, and rumours of fallen bridges in the city. 

My wife and my two daughters were with me and we were okay. That was the most important factor at that time, so we were able to move on to the next step. There was no time for more worry that night, so I headed to the office with my family.

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WFP colleagues were accounted for but Susana (Susy, as we call her), our co-worker who lives in the earthquake zone, could not be found. In addition we had professional matters to tend to – we had to report the situation officially to the Panama Regional Bureau. Arriving at the office, I found my colleague Lili working. I was very glad to see her safe. Locating Susana and knowing that, despite losing her home, she was alive, was also a huge relief.

Information started being released but it did not convey the grave reality of the situation. We started to work as a team: my daughter Camila, who is nine years old, took notes of what she considered relevant television broadcasts concerning the emergency. 

My little helper made sure that all the details were consistent and I compiled her notes into a report. She asked: "Did you put in your report what I just wrote, daddy?" My wife, who is a journalist, was the first to filter out the importance of the information recorded. As for my little six-year-old Emilya, she fell asleep and found refuge in her mom's arms.

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The notes from Jorge's daughter. (Photo:WFP/Jorge Arteaga)

WFP's immediate response

The next day the news felt like a bucket of cold water – in the two most affected provinces, there were so many deaths, injuries and destruction... and my cousin and his family missing.

The WFP team meeting explained the role we would play in the response. I was assigned to the Emergency Operations Committee, whose presence and coordination were key to WFP's initial response. Immediate support was required for 20,000 people in need of food and more than 1,100 injured and their families. Nearly 5,000 people were in hospitals and had to be fed.

WFP provisions reached the coast within 72 hours. Personally, it is a pleasure to serve those in need – so is being part of an institution with a vision of immediate humanitarian aid and technical support. That is WFP, and only today I truly understand that.

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Photo: WFP/Alejandro Chicheri

The search for my missing family members continued – not knowing anything was creating panic and distress. On Monday 18 April the search continued. Work made the time fly faster. At half past two, I was preparing to step out for lunch with my colleague William, the first meal in two days, when a message with one sentence flashed across the screen: "Deceased, deceased". It was the news I had hoped would never come. 

There was no time to mourn. There was too much work to be done. Meetings with military officials, vice-ministers and ministers, coordinating at all levels to bring our support to those most in need. 

When reading the reports coming from the coast about the number of people receiving food and assistance, we all felt fulfilment and the satisfaction that it was our work that contributed to those results. It has been one month since the earthquake, and WFP’s support to people affected will continue.

[quote|"There was no time to mourn. There was too much work to be done."]


Photo: WFP/Susana Rincones

Key facts

WFP has provided food assistance to people in the worst-hit areas, at the request of the government. The first assistance arrived within 72 hours of the quake. A delivery of emergency food assistance to support 12 hospitals in the badly hit province of Manabí arrived in Manta on 21 April. With markets and banks functioning in the most affected urban areas, WFP will now start a new form of assistance in coordination with the government, providing cash-based transfers to support thousands of families.

Visit the Ecuador Newsroom for the latest news on the emergency

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador a month ago had a devastating impact, with more than 650 people killed, 7,000 injured and more than 500,000 in need of humanitarian assistance. Among those affected was WFP's Jorge Arteaga, who lost three family members in the quake.

Here he describes the immediate aftermath of the disaster, WFP's response and how he has played his own part despite his personal loss.

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05/13/2016 - 09:40

1) With a population of 50 million, Tanzania is food self-sufficient at the national level. However, localised food deficits occur at regional, district and household levels mainly due to dependence on rain-fed agriculture and limited use of modern farming techniques.

2) Tanzania ranks 151 out of 188 countries in the Human Development Index (2015).

3) Tanzania’s economy has grown strongly in recent years, driven mainly by telecommunications, financial services, transport and construction. Despite this progress, nearly 3 Tanzanians out of 10 live in poverty, and 1 in 3 is illiterate.

4) Approximately 80 percent of the population relies on subsistence farming, which makes them vulnerable to climatic, economic and seasonal shocks. With its market access initiatives, WFP helps farmers transition from subsistence farming to market-oriented agriculture.

5) More than 200,000 refugees live in Tanzania. WFP assistance is their main source of food. Through its Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO), WFP provides a food basket of Super Cereal (fortified blended food), pulses, vegetable oil and salt to meet a minimum daily dietary requirement of 2,100 Kcal per person.

6) According to the National Nutrition Survey (2015), almost 35 percent of children under 5 in Tanzania are stunted.

7) Tanzania’s maternal mortality rate, while improving, remains high at 398 deaths per 100,000 live births. WFP is the only agency in the country to provide supplementary food to pregnant and nursing mothers and children under 5.

8) To treat moderate acute malnutrition (MAM), WFP provides a monthly take-home pack of fortified blended food to pregnant and nursing mothers and children under 5 through its Supplementary Feeding Programme (SuFP).

9) To prevent stunting, pregnant and nursing mothers and children under 2 receive a monthly take-home pack of Super Cereal under the Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) Programme.

10) In 2016, WFP will assist half a million Tanzanians in chronically food-insecure regions, through its market access, food for assets, nutrition, school meal and refugee support activities.

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 Tanzania by sharing these ten facts.

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05/12/2016 - 11:22
Focus on Women, Preventing Hunger, School Meals

Finding reliable market opportunities has always been challenging for Bernadette Millimouno, a woman farmer in Koundou, a small town in Guinea’s Forest Region. A mother of seven, she grows rice and vegetables for a living.

Convinced that there is strength in unity, the 51-year-old woman joined in 2013 a group of 14 women farmers specialized in producing and selling “parboiled” rice--a nutrient-rich rice partially cooked in its husk before it is dried. 

Despite their willingness and ability to produce more parboiled rice, Millimouno and her fellow farmers could hardly sell 10 tons of rice per year. Market opportunities were so limited in the village that the group produced only small quantities for local consumption and for a handful traders from neighboring regions.  

Now the market issue is being resolved. Since 2015, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been piloting a Home-Grown School Feeding project thanks to funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Through this initiative, WFP provides farming equipment to farmer cooperatives and trains women farmers on food storage, packaging and transportation. After the rice is grown, harvested, parboiled and certified good for consumption, WFP purchases it to feed school children in areas most affected by food insecurity. To date, 900 tons of parboiled rice have been locally purchased in Forest Guinea

Millimouno and her group who are part of the pilot have already supplied from their village 74 tons of parboiled rice to WFP in less than two years--a record never achieved before. With pay back from this activity some members of the group said they were able to support higher education fees for their children. Millimouno’s elder daughter, Aminata, has recently completed her training in Conakry as a primary school teacher thanks to her mother’s financial support.

“There is nothing more rewarding than feeding our own children with our locally grown food,” Millimouno said. “We hope this partnership with WFP will continue so we can produce more and increase our incomes.”

Like Millimouno, 1,800 women farmers from nine farmer unions participate in the pilot project in Forest Guinea.  By linking smallholder farmers to its school meals programme, WFP promotes agricultural development and empowers women. The initiative also contributes to building social safety nets for both school children and smallholder farmers.

For schoolchildren, parboiled rice is very similar to the rice they eat at home. It increases their likelihood of enrolling and staying in schools. Sekou Tolno, Director of Koundou primary school noted that the provision of school meals has had a positive effect on the attendance rates of all students. "But most importantly", he said, "they have reduced the number of girls dropping out of school."

WFP School meals not only contribute to increasing school attendance rate, but also help rural communities cut back on their daily food expenses.
“In the past I used to cook 3 kg of rice per day for the whole family. Now, we cook only half of it because my three younger kids eat their lunch at school and come back home fully satisfied,” Millimouno said. “With the little money saved on food I can buy clothes, pay school fees and health care expenses.”

Overall in Guinea, WFP provides school meals to 277,800 children in 1,600 primary schools thanks to voluntary contributions from Japan, USAID, and the Government of Guinea.

More than 17 percent of primary school-aged population in Guinea is not attending classes, three-quarters of them are girls. The main reasons include cultural beliefs, ignorance and poverty. To encourage parents to send their children to school and address rural poverty, WFP is implementing since 2015 a “Home-Grown School Feeding” pilot in 281 schools in Forest Guinea.  Funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), this initiative supports smallholder farmers particularly women to produce rice and fresh vegetables that are locally purchased and supplied to the schools to feed school children in most food insecure areas of the country.

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05/11/2016 - 22:06
Students

World leaders, officials from over 80 countries, aid organizations, civil society groups, businesses and affected communities will attend the summit. Among the thousands of participants is a group of students from George Washington University in Washington, DC, who will represent youth voices at the summit.

The students are part of No Lost Generation, a student group tasked by the U.S. State Department to raise awareness of the plight of millions of conflict-affected Syrian children. No Lost Generation’s 80 student members, most of them enrolled at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, provide Syrian children and youth with opportunities for learning and healing.  

“No Lost Generation gives us a chance to apply what we’ve learned in the classroom in the real world. Students want to help, to make an impact, but we need a tangible way of doing that,” said Lucas Kuo, a senior studying international affairs.

[quote|“Students want to help, to make an impact, but we need a tangible way of doing that.”]

And that they have. Members of the student group traveled to Lesvos, Greece, during spring break to assist the influx of refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The students created a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the trip, which allowed them to purchase and deliver medical and relief supplies to refugees fleeing conflict in their countries.

At the heart of No Lost Generation is ensuring Syrian kids living through conflict and displacement have what they need to heal and thrive and that they don’t give up on their dreams.

“As students, we’re doing what we can with our resources to make sure an entire generation of kids isn’t lost to this conflict. It doesn’t feel like work,” said Matt Donovan, a junior studying international affairs and security policy.  

No Lost Generation has partnered with Canadian startup Rumie to provide educational material to Syrian children. The students support Rumie by researching basic arithmetic, science and other lessons in Arabic and English during a collaborative online sourcing session. Rumie’s experts vet the content and load onto tablets that are then deployed to Syrian refugees around the world.

Students have organized campus fundraisers, panel events and even film screenings to raise awareness of the situation in Syria. A winter gala in December raised thousands of dollars that provided Syrian children with clothing, medical and relief supplies.

Earlier this year, students represented No Lost Generation during a UN youth forum on the role of young people in ending poverty and inequality around the world. On April 29, No Lost Generation hosted a student leadership conference that drew students from schools across the country as well as government officials to examine ways to increase its reach among Syrian refugees.

No Lost Generation has big plans. A technology and innovation committee that will target science and engineering students and programs is in the works. The organization is expanding its work and partnerships with NGOs, embassies and other student groups across the country and exploring ways to support refugee communities in the U.S.

Today, No Lost Generation students are gearing up for the World Humanitarian Summit where they will engage in a global dialogue on solutions to the world’s most pressing humanitarian issues.

“We are excited that our presence among hundreds of international organizations at the summit will give us a chance to foster collaboration between students and professional organizations in new and outside-the-box ways. By encouraging conversation and sharing ideas, we can further the involvement of students in humanitarian response, all while expanding the community of global humanitarian actors,” said Donovan.

[Photo 1: Lucas Kuo, No Lost Generation]

[Photo 2: No Lost Generation Students during a Breakout Session at a UN Youth Conference]

[Photo 3: No Lost Generation Students at a “Hackathon” Sourcing Education Material for Syrian Children]

Not since World War II has mankind seen the level of human suffering as in Syria today. On May 23-24, the United Nations will convene the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, to address what has been deemed the greatest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime and to develop a global call to action on crises around the world.

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05/03/2016 - 17:35

CAYAMBE, ECUADOR – Rosa María is a smallholder farmer and works her small plot of land with her family. Like other members of her community, she must adapt to a changing climate. In the past, when rains failed, it affected how much food she and her family could consume and sell to make a living. Decrease in production meant she had to decide between income and consumption for herself and her family. Climate change is making these failures of the rains more frequent.  

In response to Ecuador’s national needs and priorities, WFP initiated the project “Enhancing Resilience of Communities to the Adverse Effects of Climate Change on Food Security” or simply the FORECCSA project (using its Spanish acronym) on the request of the Ministry of Environment, and in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Jubones River Basin Public Consortium, and the Provincial Government of Pichincha in 2011. The FORECCSA Project is funded by the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund and receives support from the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, as well as local Governments. 

Improving food production and incomes in dry areas


Rosa María Cacuango (2nd from the left) Photo Credit: WFP/Zachary Morrice

FORECCSA´s objective is that communities of the province of Pichincha, including Cayambe, and the Jubones River Basin in Ecuador adapt to the effects of climate change so that their food security is protected.

In San Luis de Ichisí, the neighbourhood where Rosa Maria lives, the FORECCSA Project constructed a reservoir with a 20,000m³ capacity for irrigating 120 hectares in order to guarantee water for cultivation purposes during the dry season. 

One of the crops being irrigated using the new reservoir is the Lupini bean. Grown in the high attitudes of Cayambe, in the Pichincha Province of Ecuador, the white lupini bean is a legume rich in vegetable protein, calcium and fiber. The community decided to plant seeds for this plant since they have known how to cultivate it. Rosa María also knows how to prepare this protein rich plant using recipes passed down through generations in her family. Once cooked, Rosa Maria sells the preparation in the local markets and earns an income.

Rosa Maria prepared Lupini beans using a traditional recipe for the Day of the Rural Woman and Food in Cayambe city. On this particular day, local residents and visitors bought this delicious and nourishing traditional food - which adults and children enjoy alike - at the stand of Rosa María and her companions of the FORECCSA project. 

Generating awareness and learning from each other

On the work that she did with her companions, she is hopeful for her future. “We have made sacrifices, but we also have our reward” says Rosa Maria. “We are glad to represent FORECCSA. We are all from the same neighborhood. It has been a nice experience to be together, to work together for a result. It is nice to meet with these women. If there is something we don´t know, we learn, because what one doesn´t know, the other knows. I am very happy.” 

[quote|"We are glad to represent FORECCSA. We are all from the same neighborhood. It has been a nice experience to be together, to work together for a result. It is nice to meet with these women. If there is something we don´t know, we learn, because what one doesn´t know, the other knows. I am very happy.” – Rosa Maria]

Scheduled to run for five years, the project seeks to address priorities established by national and local governments, targeting 150 communities within 50 parishes and a total of 15,000 families in the provinces of Azuay, Loja and El Oro located in the Jubones River Basin, as well as the province of Pichincha. Activities aim to address the impact of reduced precipitation levels, increasingly frequent droughts, reduction in water flows, decreased crop yields and increased fragility of ecosystems on food security.

Local communities in the highlands of Ecuador have felt the direct impact of climate change through the loss of agricultural yields, fishery and tourism. Rosa Maria Cacuango, a smallholder farmer, has directly faced this challenge. Lack of rainfall and frequent droughts led to food insecurity as well as loss of income among her community. But now, Rosa Maria is more resilient, thanks to the “Enhancing Resilience of Communities to the Adverse Effects of Climate Change on Food Security” or the FORECCSA project, implemented by the government with WFP’s support.

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05/02/2016 - 23:42

 

The government is receiving shipments of aid from many parts of the world, including cargo flights from humanitarian disaster response depots maintained by the United Nations.  WFP/Gabriela Malo

Before this cargo can be distributed, temporary storage is necessary. As part of its assistance to Ecuador during the emergency, many of these goods are now being stored in the Humanitarian Assistance Logistics Center (CELAH) maintained by the World Food Programme, thanks to an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture in Tumbaco, near the capital of Quito, which was not damaged by the earthquake. WFP/Gabriela Malo

Trained staff loads and unloads cargo stored at CELAH. WFP/Alexis Vallejo

Humanitarian partners and government entities utilize the facility. When the destination is set, the cargo is loaded onto trucks. WFP/Alexis Vallejo

Loaded and sealed, trucks head out to the most affected areas of the Ecuadorian coast. WFP/Alexis Vallejo

After a journey of at least eight hours, the aid reaches the people waiting for assistance. WFP/Susana Rincones

Following the earthquake that destroyed both lives and buildings, humanitarian response is arriving in Ecuador.

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05/02/2016 - 16:34

"I will never forget that day"

"When you’re held at gunpoint, do you have a choice?” ponders 53-year-old Marguerite Lakue as she recalls the day she fled her village. “I will never forget that day. It was 7 March 2015. There was a group of them with weapons. Within minutes, they burned down my house. They took everything we had. There was nothing left. I walked 30 kilometres to get here to Kaga Bandoro with my children....We were in total shock and despair," she says.

Marguerite is a mother of ten. She is also a farmer. Before being forced to fee, she worked her land for 20 years.

"Back home, I used to grow peanuts, manioc (a root vegetable also called cassava), corn, sesame, pumpkins, tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, cucumbers, okra, and rice," she says softly. "Last year, I couldn't do anything. I relied on help from the World Food Programme (WFP) for food. My brother who works in Bangui has been supporting me to pay for the place that we are renting here. But I need to become independent," says Marguerite.

It has been difficult. She says she hasn’t had anything to eat for the past day. This happens occasionally, she explains, as she wants to feed her children first, and there are times when the food is simply just not enough for the whole family.

A farmer's hope

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Marguerite has been a farmer for 20 years. (Photo:WFP/Sayaka Sato)

Marguerite hopes to return to her village one day. For the immediate future, she hopes to regain a sense of normalcy: to grow her own food and have enough for everyone.

Her immediate dream is within reach. In the next weeks, she will receive seeds and tools from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to plant the plot next to her home, and also food from WFP to get her through the following months. It is the period before the next harvest, known as the lean season, when there is less food than usual. It’s also the time when Marguerite, and others in her situation, need the most support.

"I am looking forward to this assistance. I can focus on farming again this year and have food to eat between the planting and harvest seasons," she says.

[quote|"Within minutes, they burned down my house. They took everything we had. There was nothing left."]


Marguerite getting ready to wash the dishes. (Photo:WFP/Sayaka Sato)

"These days, when possible, I earn some income by baking and selling doughnuts, but I am a farmer. This describes in the best way who I am,"  she adds.


Marguerite is looking at her palms. She can't wait to hold the seeds in her hands, she says. (Photo:WFP/Sayaka Sato)

Seeds for Change

Eight out of ten people in C.A.R. depend on agriculture.

FAO and WFP are working together to help farming families provide their own feed. Each year, starting in 2014, through an initiative called 'seeds protection', FAO and WFP work in synch to provide seeds to nearly 100,000 families before their planting season starts. During this period, when food is scarce, some families might otherwise have to resort to eating the seeds that are meant for planting.

WFP provides food (cereals, beans, oil and salt) for families to prepare meals to eat now and during the growing season, and FAO provides seeds (groundnuts, maize, rice, sorghum, and beans) and hoes for sowing to the same families so they can eat in the future too. At harvest time some of the seeds can be saved and planted again next season.

The FAO-WFP partnership is crucial to reduce hunger now and in the years to come.

Providing food through the seed protection initiative is made possible thanks to the financial support of (in alphabetical order): CanadaEuropean UnionJapan, USAID.


Displaced children living in Marguerite's neighbourhood. (Photo: WFP/Sayaka Sato)

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Three years of conflict have left a heavy toll on the people of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). Nearly one million people are still uprooted. Half of the population faces hunger. Now, peace is coming to C.A.R. and people need support to recover and rebuild.