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WFP World Food Programme

WFP works to help people adapt and respond to situations whenever and wherever droughts, floods, cyclones and tsunamis hit. Such natural disasters have doubled in number in the past decade alone.

WFP has a number of programmes across Africa that focus on essential areas for adaptation, such as water. WFP, for example, launched an innovative “drought insurance” policy for Ethiopia in 2006 to protect poor people against extreme drought. If rainfall proves to be continuously below average over a specified period, the policy pays out to vulnerable people to ensure they don’t exhaust their coping mechanisms, for example, by selling their cattle to buy grain.


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