"Organizations like the World Food Program (@wfp), the Food and Agriculture Orgnization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) play a central role in the international community’s efforts to address food security, promote agriculture development and to create a world in which food security is a reality for all". - U.S. statedept Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Nerissa Cook

Global Leaders From Business And Civil Society Sign Zero Hunger Challenge At Davos

Global leaders, including the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, committed their support for the Zero Hunger Challenge at an event hosted by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Signatories also included the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, Unilever Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Polman, DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma and many others.

Ambassador David Lane, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, will travel to Cambodia from December 9–13, 2013. He will visit rural communities and observe how the United States and the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies collaborate to support farmers, businesses and government officials to improve food security and promote agricultural development in Cambodia.
The Ambassador will be accompanied by a group of journalists from Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, and Cambodia. They will visit a variety of projects run by the U.S. Government, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Progress in agriculture is key to the country’s future! Read more: http://goo.gl/vPQDm

Ambassador David Lane, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, will travel to Cambodia from December 9–13, 2013. He will visit rural communities and observe how the United States and the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies collaborate to support farmers, businesses and government officials to improve food security and promote agricultural development in Cambodia.

The Ambassador will be accompanied by a group of journalists from Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, and Cambodia. They will visit a variety of projects run by the U.S. Government, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Progress in agriculture is key to the country’s future! Read more: http://goo.gl/vPQDm

A ship carrying wheat from the United States of America — enough to help feed more than 3.5 million Syrians for one month — has just delivered its cargo to the port of Beirut. The shipment is part of WFP’s massive emergency food assistance operation for Syrians forced to flee the conflict in their country. It’s the second ship to bring US wheat for WFP’s work in Syria in less than six months.


Learn more about WFP’s emergency operations for Syrians in need here: wfp.org/crisis/syria

WFP Video Editor Marco Frattini heads to Darfur 10 years after the outbreak of violence in the region to see how food assistance continues to sustain the people who live there. Check out his video touring a WFP warehouse containing food assistance from USAID - US Agency for International Development and other donors here: http://bit.ly/14fTuIe

U.S. Provides Wheat To Fill Urgent Food Gaps in Syria

"As part of our nearly $510 million in humanitarian aid to help those affected by the crisis in Syria, wheat recently provided by the United States will feed more than one million people in Syria for four months.

The 25,000 metric tons of wheat donated to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) will be milled into flour and distributed to vulnerable families across Syria’s 14 Governorates through WFP as part of a monthly food ration. In addition to the 25 kilogram bag of flour that is being provided in these monthly food kits, families receive vegetable oil, pasta, bulgur, canned pulses and sugar.” Read More

Today, Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, Esther Brimmer met with Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP) Ertharin Cousin at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. [May 10, 2013/State Department Photo]

Today, Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, Esther Brimmer met with Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP) Ertharin Cousin at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. [May 10, 2013/State Department Photo]

The United Nations World Food Programme has started providing urgently-needed food assistance to the conflict-affected people in Blue Nile state. This is the first time that the agency has distributed food assistance since the conflict broke out in September 2011, forcing thousands to flee their homes, many of them crossing into neighbouring Ethiopia and South Sudan.  Learn More

The United Nations World Food Programme has started providing urgently-needed food assistance to the conflict-affected people in Blue Nile state. This is the first time that the agency has distributed food assistance since the conflict broke out in September 2011, forcing thousands to flee their homes, many of them crossing into neighbouring Ethiopia and South Sudan.  Learn More

10 facts about women and hunger and the crucial role they play in defeating hunger. Celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday, March 6th! What will you be doing to celebrate?

10 facts about women and hunger and the crucial role they play in defeating hunger. Celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday, March 6th! What will you be doing to celebrate?

Freddy tell us about his school, the Arkatan Primary School in the Monduli district of Tanzania. Attendance rates have rise from 55% to 89% thanks to the WFP.

Freddy is one of more than 500 children attending a special school in Tanzania - the Arkatan Primary School in the Monduli district. It is a very poor area where families of nomadic livestock keepers struggle to feed their children What makes it special? It is part of the World Food Programme (WFP)’s Food for Education program. The fortified meals these children are given at school serve a double purpose: they provide the children with much needed calories and nutrition, while enng their parents to let them attend school. Traditionally families in this culture rely on their children to watch livestock at pasture, so they find it difficult to send their children to school. The program has been a big success: since WFP started supporting the school in 2010 it has seen an increase in attendance from 55% to 89% and the dropout rate has dropped dramatically. The idea of school feeding first came to former U.S. Senator George McGovern, and thanks to his vision and leadership the WFP and others have followed in his footsteps.

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Government Assistance to Syria

The United States supports the Syrian people’s aspirations for a Syrian-led transition to a democratic, inclusive, and peaceful Syria. Over nearly two years of unrest and violence, the United Nations estimates that 60,000 Syrians have been killed. Nearly 600,000 Syrians have registered or are awaiting registration in neighboring countries, while an additional 2.5 million persons are internally displaced and 4 million people inside Syria are in need of assistance. The Syrian regime has sacrificed all legitimacy in a vicious effort to cling to power. U.S. assistance includes vigorousdiplomatic support of the newly formed Syrian Opposition Coalition, humanitarian assistance to help those affected by the conflict, and non-lethal support for local councils and civil society inside Syria.

Sakila village had a problem with soil erosion. The 150,000 villagers who live skattered in the beautiful foothills of the Mount Meru volcano, are primarily subsistence farmers and livestock keepers. In recent years, rains have been washing their rich soil down into the valley below, leading to degradation of their land and less productivity. A World Food Programme (WFP) Food for Assets program has been employing villagers to dig contours into the hillside – they pay them with food for their families. Although a lot of labor goes into making these contours, the benefits have great. Whereas previously they were able to produce only about 3 bags of maize per acre, now they are able to produce 15. Some villagers at first did not want the contours dug into their land, but when they saw their neighbors’ production increase, they joined the projects as well. Ambassador Lane and the journalists accompanying him went to see the contours and then were warmly welcomed by some of the villagers. The Ambassador also helped distribute the food they were receiving in exchange for their days of worked.

This woman has impressed many people with her strength and determination. Maybe her name has helped her! Fortunata is a single woman raising three children in the village of Leki Tatu, in the Arusha region of Tanzania. She was struggling to make ends meet by farming ½ an acre of rice, until she joined the World Food Programme (WFP) Food for Asset program – it has turned her life around. Thanks to the new irrigation scheme for the village and with the help of best farming practices she was also taught, Fortunata was able to properly farm her small ½ acre rice plot. The production of her small plot improved so much that has earned enough money to build herself a new brick home to replace her mud hut (she keeps the chickens there now) and purchase two more acres of land. Now she can also pay to send her children to school.

This woman has impressed many people with her strength and determination. Maybe her name has helped her! Fortunata is a single woman raising three children in the village of Leki Tatu, in the Arusha region of Tanzania. She was struggling to make ends meet by farming ½ an acre of rice, until she joined the World Food Programme (WFP) Food for Asset program – it has turned her life around. Thanks to the new irrigation scheme for the village and with the help of best farming practices she was also taught, Fortunata was able to properly farm her small ½ acre rice plot. The production of her small plot improved so much that has earned enough money to build herself a new brick home to replace her mud hut (she keeps the chickens there now) and purchase two more acres of land. Now she can also pay to send her children to school.

This World Food Programme (WFP) Food for Asset program enables villagers of Leki Tatu in the Arusha region of Tanzania to improve their agriculture and nutrition by creating an irrigation scheme and community fishing ponds. Villagers are encouraged to work on constructing irrigation canals and fish ponds in exchange for food - they are paid a daily ration of maize, beans and vegetable oil for the work they do. Through the irrigation scheme the farmers have access to water on a regular basis in a drought prone area. Income generated from the sale of Tilapia fish from the community fish ponds goes towards a collective fund for the community. There are now 108 fish ponds in the village. The fish also means households can introduce much needed variety into thier diet.

This World Food Programme (WFP) Food for Asset program enables villagers of Leki Tatu in the Arusha region of Tanzania to improve their agriculture and nutrition by creating an irrigation scheme and community fishing ponds. Villagers are encouraged to work on constructing irrigation canals and fish ponds in exchange for food - they are paid a daily ration of maize, beans and vegetable oil for the work they do. Through the irrigation scheme the farmers have access to water on a regular basis in a drought prone area. Income generated from the sale of Tilapia fish from the community fish ponds goes towards a collective fund for the community. There are now 108 fish ponds in the village. The fish also means households can introduce much needed variety into thier diet.

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