Livelihoods and Climate Action

Food insecurity is highest in the most fragile environments, prone to disasters and exposed to recurrent shocks and crises, including extreme weather events. WFP helps food insecure communities manage natural resources sustainably, so they can meet today’s livelihood needs and safeguard these resources for future generations.

The World Food Programme (WFP) helps countries and the most vulnerable and food insecure communities manage natural resources sustainably. This enables them to meet today’s livelihood needs and safeguard these resources for future generations.

73,700+ people
from food insecure communities managed natural resources more sustainably, which enabled them to meet today’s livelihood needs


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H2Grow is WFP’s hydroponics initiative bringing locally adaptable and affordable hydroponic solutions to vulnerable communities facing the challenges of dry terrain and climate change around the world. By developing low-tech systems from local materials, growing fresh vegetables or animal feed in deserts, refugee camps or urban informal settlements, H2Grow supports food-insecure families to increase their access to fresh food and raise their income.

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Ancestral Markets

Ancestral Markets is a digital platform that connects indigenous Afro-Colombian food producers with urban markets while safeguarding ancestral lands, food and ancestral food knowledge. It aims at improving the livelihoods of Afro-Colombian food producers and enhancing nutritional diets in Colombia.

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DEFAST produces fertilizer and cooking briquettes through safe treatment of human waste in refugee camps. Water For People, WFP and UNHCR implemented a Decentralized Fecal Sludge Treatment plant (DEFAST) in Nyamagabe District of Rwanda. The plant’s aim is to treat fecal sludge efficiently and effectively to mitigate the environmental contamination risk whilst recovering resources from the fecal sludge through reuse of the produced manure and cooking briquettes.


Digital Microwork Pilot
(Celo and Corsali)

The Digital Microwork project connects young people at risk of hunger to an online microwork platform, enabling them to earn income from machine learning jobs using cryptocurrency and e-wallets. The pilot successfully onboarded, trained and coached 170 young people from Kibera, Kenya’s biggest informal settlement, to perform digital microwork and use cryptocurrency-based payment rails.

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DignifAI is a digital economy integration and data-labeling project that aims to provide work for individuals in vulnerable communities along the Colombian-Venezuelan Border. DignifAI is growing its Learn & Earn model that combines AI Data-Labeling microwork with digital and soft skill development. This combination of digital micro-work and basic upskilling is the foundation of the labor inclusion ladder.

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Eco Friendly Cold Storage Solution

Eco Friendly Cold Storage Solution offers low-tech and low-cost off-grid local cold storage solutions at retail markets, designed to extend the shelf-life and retain nutritional quality of fresh foods. The project introduced low tech, cost effective off-grid cold storage solutions for fresh food traders following an in-depth feasibility study undertaken by WFP, government officials and University of Nairobi (knowledge partner).

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Fenik Evaptainers

Fenik Evaptainers are low-cost, off-grid, mobile evaporative refrigerators that run on water. WFP Malawi deployed units in eight districts of Malawi. Results from the pilot demonstrated an extension of five days on average for perishable fruits and vegetables at the household level.

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Secure Fishing

Secure Fishing is a mobile application that enables small scale fisherman to increase their fish catch, reduce their asset loss and improve the safety of fishermen at sea. The app provides stakeholders with access to critical and near real time tailored climate and ocean state information services. This reduces fishers vulnerabilities, increases their income, and achieves food security.



It is an innovative digital farmers’ cooperative model that fosters the inclusion of women smallholders and youth in food value chains in Peru. By providing them with training and pioneering digital solutions, it unlocks the farmers' potential, access to markets, and incomes.

EMPACT completed the life cycle within the WFP Innovation Accelerator and became part of the Alumni Programme.