Faced with complex problems that call for game-changing solutions, a look at the Pacific’s food systems and WFP’s support to the regional and national dialogues ahead of the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit in September this year.

Written by: Maria Shumusti

Photo: UNICEF Pacific/Sokhin

The year 2021 has emerged as a pivotal moment to rethink and transform how the Pacific island countries and territories produce and consume food, and how they might build more resilient, inclusive and sustainable food systems in the future.

The Pacific is a region that remains challenged by the impacts of recurrent climate shocks and the increasing health and…

Written by Binai Lama, WFP Bhutan

Aum Kinzangmo, a farmer in rural Bhutan. Photo credit: Binai Lama

Aum Kinzangmo, 36, lives with her three children, husband, and her parents in the heart of Buli village in Bhutan’s Zhemgang Dzongkhag district. As a progressive farmer, Aum Kinzangmo cultivates a variety of vegetables in her 30 decimal kitchen garden. This enables her to earn a decent income by selling her produce to the nearby dratshang (monastic school), the local market, as well as the Buli Central School where her children are students. This income helps her meet her daily household expenses while also allowing her to save some money in her bank account.

In August 2020, monsoon rains caused devastating flooding in Sindh Province in Pakistan, leading to the Government of Sindh announcing a state of emergency as 2.5 million people were affected.

The floods had a destructive impact on the livelihood of many people, just like Waliyan Resham. She is a 68-year-old widow and mother who, since the death of her husband, has been taking care of her two children with special needs all by herself.

Resham, a resident of Village Haji Ilyas Rajar, District Umerkot.

“I cannot forget the night when our home collapsed due to continuous rains and all our food was destroyed by knee-deep floodwaters,” she said when asked…

WFP and partners celebrate World Food Day with an important message on nutrition and diet

Former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Roshan Mahanama (left) with Xuebing Sun (centre), Representative of FAO Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and Andrea Berardo, Deputy Representative of WFP Sri Lanka.

This year, the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) jointly celebrated World Food Day — 16 October — with an event that placed ending malnutrition and ensuring food security and healthy diets for all centre stage.

Among the audience were around 100 students and teachers, as well as representatives from the Government of Sri Lanka, UN agencies, the private sector, and development organizations. Sri Lanka cricket captain and ICC Elite Panel Referee Roshan Mahanama was there too.

During the event, two winners of the WFP Children’s Design Competition 2019, Aloka Gunasingha and Sanjana Lahiruni Gunathilaka, received…

By David Kaatrud, Regional Director, WFP Asia and the Pacific (2014–2019)

For Manulete, a remote mountain town 70 km southwest of the capital city, Dili, the busiest place is always its health post. Every day, in the shadows of Mt Ramelau, Timor-Leste’s highest peak, a steady stream of mothers, fathers with their children passes through. Pregnant and nursing mothers get regular health check-ups, and children have their weight, height, and upper-arm circumference measured for signs of malnutrition.

A busy day at Manulete health post where mothers and children come to seek health and nutrition services. WFP/Caleb Gorton

Despite its modest appearance, this little health post, along with many others, is vitally important for the families and communities of Timor-Leste. It is through facilities like this, the Government, with the support of…

Kun Li

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