The World Food Programme is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger on the planet. They do amazing things every day in every corner of the world that needs the greatest help.
The World Food Programme recently released their 2011 Year in Review. It is well worth a read if you have a chance. According to the report the World Food Programme’s 2011 food assistance reached nearly 100 million people in 75 countries around the world. The vast majority — nearly 83 million — were women and children. They also provided 3.6 million metric tons of food assistance to people in need.
It was also wonderful to read that in 2011 the World Food Programme raised $11.9 million from their online audience. In fact, you can give to the World Food Programme online now. The WFP is entirely funded by volunteer donations.
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If you missed the World Food Programme’s live Google+ hangout about the Sahel hunger crisis yesterday you can watch it in its entirety on Youtube.
You can see everyone who participated in this web story. Denise Brown, the World Food Programme Country Director for Niger answered questions about the food crisis in Niger.
“The biggest challenge we have is the areas where we didn’t intervene, but where we see now the food security situation has deteriorated,” said Brown. “People have no food stocks left at the household level. The prices on the market have increased.”
Yesterday I tuned into the World Food Program USA’s webcast, Mothers Rule the World, where those of us online learned about WFP’s efforts to feed women and girls in the developing world and thereby their entire families. Hosting the web cast was Isatou Jallow, chief of women, children and gender policy at the U.N. World Food Program and Rick Leach, president and CEO of WFP USA.
Great emphasis was placed on school feeding programs where girls are given food to take home to her family. This WFP program allows more girls to go to school because her family knows that by their daughter going to school they will also be provided food to eat through what they call a “take home ration”. This program throughout the developing world has significantly increased girls’ enrollment in schools.
Additionally, Jallow talked significantly about the first 1000 days of a child’d life – pregnancy through two years of age. For the World Food Programme it is essential for pregnant women to get proper nutrition so that their children will not be born underweight.
“If a mother enters pregnancy malnourished the baby can be born with low birth weight and has a disadvnatge right from the start,” said Jallow.
There are a whole host of additional outcomes that arise if a child is born with low birth weight. Cognitive and mental development are delayed. Some children never catch up to their proper weight and become less productive in adulthood.
Learn more about educating girls through take-home rations.
Additionally I want to share with you the blog of the new Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Etherine Cousin. Cousin was recently in Niger seeing first hand the terrible famine that is growing worse by the day in the Sahel.
Read Cousin’s two posts:
Visit the World Food Programme at wfp.org and donate to hungry children through our We Feedback page.
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I am always amazed by the lengths at which the World Food Programme goes to feed people in need. Last Wednesday evening I participated in a Google+ Hangout with the World Food Programme’s team in Nepal.
Two members of the Nepalese food relief team said it can take at least three days to deliver food to remote areas in Nepal. Sometimes when the team has to traverse the long route to remote areas it can take up to eight days for food delivery.
One of the fastest and most reliable forms of transportation in Nepal, however, is the helicopter. A helicopter is quite beneficial when the WFP needs to reach communities that cannot be accessed by car or by foot.
Delivering food to people in remote areas is at times extremely dangerous. Watch the video below to see a Nepalese team try to deliver food in Nepal.
World Food Programme Logistics
I am extremely fascinated by the logistics of the World Food Programme’s global food delivery. When you think about it, you automatically think delivering food globally would be fairly easy, but there are places in the world, of course, without paved roads and infrastructure. It then becomes crucial for the World Food Programme to work through countries’ delivery challenges. In fact, the World Food Programme’s Logistics motto is “We Deliver”.
Visit the World Food Programme’s Logistics page at logistics.wfp.org and follow their amazing Twitter feed at @WFPlogistics.