ECHO support to Lesotho under COVID-19 has led to sustainability

By Malehloa Letsie

Each morning, 65-year-old Mary Thakane Thabaneng sits on a repurposed oil bucket outside her home, watches the sunrise, and worries a little less about where her next meal is coming from. Her small vegetable garden is her hope to sustain herself and her family. However, the brutal cocktail of climate change, a worsening economy, and the onslaught of COVID-19 in Lesotho has Mary wondering if her tiny patch of green may soon cease to exist.

Mary Thakane Thabaneng depends on her home vegetable garden for food and nutrition. Photo: WFP/ Malehloa Letsie

Mary is one of the many people in Lesotho who are facing…

No soil? No problem. Hydroponic systems are improving nutrition for prison inmates in Namibia

We’re one step closer to Zero Hunger with a farming method that requires little water and space

By Luise Shikongo

In her tiny prison cell surrounded by chipped walls and little natural light,
Diana Van Neel waits patiently every day for her scheduled outdoor time. The 38-year-old is an inmate at the Windhoek Female Correctional Centre — Namibia’s first female correctional facility, launched in 2019.

Diana used to spend her outdoor time idly strolling around the institution. Now, she eagerly rushes out the gate to put…

Increasing opportunities for youth in Djibouti and South Sudan

Story by Danijela Milic

Some of the female apprentices stand in front of the large storage silos at the Humanitarian Logistics Hub in Djibouti. Photo: WFP/Miguel Tomas

The World Food Programme (WFP), with national partners, is leveraging 60 years of supply chain expertise to develop a new generation of professionals by providing vocational training programmes to youth in Djibouti and South Sudan; teaching young students how to handle forklifts to managing inventory and everything in between.

In Djibouti, thanks to an enhanced partnership between WFP and the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Djibouti, with generous funding from USAID, 800 apprentices are participating in vocational training programmes in transport and logistics. At the WFP Humanitarian Logistics Base (HLB) near Djibouti port, the…

Sylvie is one of 180,000 people supported by WFP’s SMART project which empowers women and promotes resilience against natural shocks.

Sylvie (R) is one of 180,000 people supported by the World Food Programme’s SMART project in Rwanda. Photo: WFP/Emily Fredenberg

By Emily Fredenberg

The landlocked East African country of Rwanda is one of the most densely populated countries on the continent. Despite agriculture being the main economic activity — access to agricultural land, finance and markets remains a challenge for thousands of smallholder farmers.

Over 38 percent of the population lives below the poverty line and almost one fifth are food insecure. Levels of stunting among young children remain very high — at 35 percent. The negative impact of climate change — most recently flooding — is also affecting national efforts to tackle poverty in rural areas.

Despite some progress…

“Cash is much better because you can buy both food and non-food items.”

WFP in Somalia transferred US$108 million in cash assistance to those in need in 2019. Photo: WFP/Patrick Meinhardt

“Cash assistance has changed my life for the better,” says 60-year old Hawo Aden Mohamed. She leans forward in her chair, sheltered inside a simple structure of timber and corrugated iron in the Sheikh Hassan Barsane camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital city.

“It has enabled me to meet my needs.”

Hawo is one of 2.9 million Somalis who have been internally displaced, in many cases due to political tensions and insecurity, but also as a result of natural crises and climate shocks.

Hawo herself, along with her family of three adults and eight children, was…

WFP nutrition programme offers crucial support to a mother who had no choice but to leave her 9-month old baby with his five-year old brother as she sought work.

Kangach’s son Nhial was treated for acute malnutrition and given WFP’s nutrition supplements which are packed vitamins, minerals, and protein. Photo: WFP/Eulalia Berlanga

Story by Eulalia Berlanga

Can you imagine leaving your baby with their young sibling as you go off to work? Giving your young child the responsibility of ensuring the infant eats and is kept healthy and safe. For most people this is unthinkable, but unfortunately such childcare arrangements are common in the camps for internally displaced people (IDP) in Juba, South Sudan. Often young children are the primary caregivers for infants while their parents go out in search of work.

“I work in a restaurant and I have to leave Nhial with his five-year old brother when I’m out,” says…

Good health and nutrition allow children to learn and perform better at school, broadening their educational opportunities. WFP’s school feeding programme provides not just calories but also the nutrients needed to grow bodies and brains — while ensuring that served meals are adapted to local taste and boost local production, supporting local farmers.

In the Republic of Congo, the World Food Programme (WFP) is working on the fortification of foufou, a favorite staple food made from cassava flour — to reduce the incidence of nutrient deficiencies and fight child malnutrition. …

This young group of refugees in Kenya certainly believe so and aims to solve malnutrition by farming fish.

Tilapia fish reared and harvested by an innovative group of refugees known as Vijana Twaweza. Photo: WFP/Yannick Ruhimbasa

Story by Vanessa Langat

Vijana Twaweza — “youth we can”. A very appropriate name for a small group of determined young people in Kakuma refugee camp, northern Kenya, who are focused on combatting malnutrition and fighting hunger by rearing fish using an agricultural ecosystem intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.

The group currently has thirty-nine members from different countries — South Sudan, DR Congo and Burundi. Luundo Lukambo, 26, is the group’s founder and originates from DR Congo. He has been living as a refugee, with his mother and siblings, since 2016.

“When I arrived at the camp with my…

“There were 60 children suffering from acute malnutrition in this camp when I first started working in 2015 and now there are 17.”

Augustin (R), a refugee and nutrition animator for WFP’s SBCC programme, lives with his wife Athanie and their six children in Gihembe refugee camp in Rwanda. Photo: WFP/Emily Fredenberg

Augustin Rudahinyuka, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is one of 15 “nutrition animators” working in Gihembe refugee camp in the north of the tiny East African country of Rwanda.

Through cookery demonstrations and dietary advice, he plays a key role in changing nutritional attitudes and behaviour among refugees.

Augustin and his co-workers are supported by the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) programme.

SBCC, the use of communication to influence knowledge, attitudes, and social norms, is a key component of WFP’s nutrition strategy — and particularly for addressing stunting rates among refugee children.

“Digitizing school feeding related data ensures maximum efficiency in WFP’s home-grown school feeding programme,”

Children eat lunch at Cumva primary school which is supported by WFP’s school feeding programme in Burundi. Photo: WFP/Hugh Rutherford

By Aurore Ishimwe

The tiny East African country of Burundi is one of the poorest in the world. More than 65 percent of the population lives in poverty and over 50 percent of children aged under 5 are classified as chronically malnourished.

The World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the government of Burundi provides daily nutritious meals and snacks to over 500,000 school children in 703 schools through its home-grown school feeding programme (HGSF).

The government of Burundi has identified the HGSF programme as the largest and most important safety net for vulnerable people in the country and has…


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