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Position Papers - World Food Programme


World Food Program
Emergency Response/Food Distribution
Derya Toksoy and Rosemary Boeglin
Carmel High School

            The World Food Program (WFP) was does not only provide poverty stricken countries with food but also secures the food distribution to that particular country.
Algeria has a different geographic makeup that has made naturals disaster a grand problem. The southern portion of Algeria is made up of the Saharan Desert, and this makes starting camps in this area is very difficult, also this environment is not fit for the growth of crops to support the needs of the people. And ever since the conflict that occurred in the Western Sahara, in 1975, thousands of refugees have had to settle in camps located in Algeria. These refugees living in desert camps have been provided by the WFP since 1986 with assistance equal to 153 million dollars. Due to this sudden demographic shift, ninety percent of Algerians, as well as major cities and camps, are located on the northern coast of Algeria. This northern tip is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, and yet brings Algeria another problem and that is natural disasters which affect food access and food distribution.
The WFP’s success in responding to emergencies entailing food shortages lies in the ability to move food aid fast and efficiently. When a natural disaster occurs, many transportation options, such as railways, roads, bridges, and airport strips become inaccessible.   The WFP has to then rebuild these roads and bridges, arrange for airdrops, and establish a telecom link with the outside world. This distracts from the main focus of the having food reach refugee sights quickly.
Torrential rains in 2006 have caused great damage to the infrastructure in refugee camps and homes. Since this incident, the WFP has provided 35,000 rations to civilians affected by the flood.
Due to the fact the over ninety percent of Algerians live in the areas where natural disasters occur, the population of Algeria is often placed in jeopardy, this has become an important topic both nationally and globally.
Since the WFP runs on donation, we feel that a significant amount of excess donations are necessary from large corporations. In order to have the corporations donate more, funds should be created and large banquets should be held so that large business owners are able to donate. Also we feel the need to promote national ownership and local empowerment in the countries in which the WFP operates. Finally, since emergency response and food distribution rely greatly on the accessibility safe transportation, we feel that money should be set aside to finish the pavement of roads, and airstrips in Algeria.   





World Food Programme 
Hunger and Malnutrition 
Rosemary Boeglin and Derya Toksoy 
Carmel High School 
            The World Food Programme helps to alleviate hunger in over 80 countries to more than 90 million people each year. Although their efforts have helped to limit food-related issues, the struggle against malnutrition and hunger around the world is far from won. It is estimated that 18 percent of all children under five years of age are hungry and malnourished. According to the ICF, hunger has grown worse in Northern Africa. In countries such as Yemen and Sudan, up to 53 percent of children are underweight. The UN’s goal to half the number of people suffering from hunger by 2015 is projected by UNICEF to fail in its goal. It is apparent that although actions have been taken and motivation is abundant, the hunger and malnutrition situation in Northern Africa, along with the rest of the world, is not progressing at a desirable rate.
 Algeria, although a part of Northern Africa and just to the above many nations with populations lacking appropriate nutrition and dependable food sources, has done remarkably well in meeting the needs of its people.  Algerians have made great strides in spreading its healthcare to the largest number of people.  In 1974, free medical care was introduced under a Social Security system that reimburses 80 percent of all prescription drugs and private medical consultations. The Algerian government has made efforts to increase the number of pharmacists and dentist, two fields lacking in licensed professionals. Additionally, they have created a plan to increase the number of homemade pharmaceuticals. After the emigration of thousands of refugees (displaced by the conflict in Western Sahara in 1975), Algeria, with help from the WFP, has succeeded in providing them with adequate amounts of food. The WFP’s $43 million two-year relief operation has been made possible in part by the Algerian government. This operation makes the health of refugees possible by combating hunger and malnutrition in the four main refugee camps located in Algeria.
Algeria has been, relatively, extremely successful in meeting goals of hunger and malnutrition, and is therefore an example for other countries in Eastern, Western, Central and Southern Africa. Algeria experiences as low as 5 percent undernourishment of its total population compared to the 35 percent undernourishment of many countries throughout the rest of Africa. According to BBC News, more than half of Africa is currently in need of urgent food assistance, and despite the great universal concern for the African population, Algeria is not mentioned as a problem area. The WFP Africa Hunger Alert also does not mention any situation in Algeria; therefore Algeria is confident that if African governments heed the experience and subsequent achievements of our nation, their nations will progress in the departments of hunger and malnutrition similarly. It is a goal of Algeria to spread its extremely successful food and sanitation practices to the rest of Africa in order to benefit the population of our continent.


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